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#62 G. Ganapathy Subramaniam, ET: Jun 16, 2009 10:32:58

Fixing up panel for Budget discussion on ET Now and a personal meeting

#62 G. Ganapathy Subramaniam, ET: Jun 16, 2009 10:32:58
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Niira Radia:  Ye Ganu 

G. Ganapathy Subramaniam:  Hi. Two minutes? Do you have two minutes?

Niira Radia:  Yeah, Go ahead

G. Ganapathy Subramaniam:  I didn't disturb you yesterday. I only sent only messages. I thought it must have been a busy, busy day with all kinds of things going around. One unrelated thing I wanted to tell you. One, we are on sort of sort of test launch ... some sort of soft launch tomorrow ... and for budget some you know big programming is being planned. So our people will get in touch with you.

Nira : He is -- Sridharan is in touch with me

Ganu : Yeah,  yeah, that’s right. Knowing other guys y'know, they cannot really be trusted…….you know, what, it is being suggested that one or two big names from your group, say Muthuraman or whatever... can sort of you know.... join the programme or whatever... if they are anyway going to be part of CII panel, maybe you can maybe advise them to, you know,  sort of participate in some of the ET discussions etc. So that will be good because  .... one, that there will be join programming with Times Now that will have little more of mileage ... and also they will have a better rapport with the people naa.. even though there are different levels, the rapport may not ... at this level it will be good 

Niira Radia:  But Ganu, where are you people going to be airing? You are not on Tata Sky yet, right?

G. Ganapathy Subramaniam:  I think Hath way guy has signed up … He is the first. 

Niira Radia: Who? Hathway?

G. Ganapathy Subramaniam:  And Tata sky the discussion still going on…I think Airtel fellow has signed. And others ... yet to sign. They are also letting it happen in a, youknow, step by step manner. So that from the soft launch, as we move towards the budget, there will be wider footprint

Niira Radia: Right

G. Ganapathy Subramaniam:  Budget Day till say about 2.30 we are on Times Now ... the programming on ET Now will be on Times Now as well. That way it is interesting.

Niira Radia:  OK. I am trying to get Muthu. I have got mail from Sridharan. I am trying.

G. Ganapathy Subramaniam:  That’s good no.. Why should your people not be there?

Niira Radia:  Generally if you notice our trend in the past is that we do not comment on that day on budget... We do make certain comments but ... limited, because that is not been ... of Tatas... you know that

G. Ganapathy Subramaniam:  What you can do is instead of directly commenting on the budget, they can comment on the situation ... [unclear] on what is happening in the economy, what is happening in the revival process what is happening internationally what are ideal things for us to look at ... and that way.

Niira Radia:  Let me … I got the mail yesterday… I will take it up … I’ll do that. We were supposed to meet today or tomorrow, Ganu?

G. Ganapathy Subramaniam: Pardon me?

Niira Radia: Were we supposed to meet tomorrow or today?

G. Ganapathy Subramaniam: Who?

Niira Radia: You and I were supposed to meet, no?

G. Ganapathy Subramaniam:  [Stammers] You tell me, naa, whenever. Yesterday I did not disturb you I thought yesterday was a helluva busy day. Whenever you tell me... today also. Afternoon... I will free 12 onwards. I have one little meeting now ... Planning Commission that will be over. And after that I am free. May be 11, 11.30 I will be with Montek After that I am free.

Niira Radia:  I have a couple of issues. I will reach office 3 o' clock probably.

G. Ganapathy Subramaniam: Sure.. Sure.. either send me a message or give me a call, no problem at all. 

G. Ganapathy Subramaniam: So tentatively I should keep 2.00-2.30 free right

Niira Radia:  No..No, I will reach office only around 3:00 I think 

G. Ganapathy Subramaniam: Yeah, yeah, yeah. Okay. I will wait for your message, then. So you call


Transcribed by Kasim Sait and checked by OL

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