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Secret Agents, Comics and Salman: In conversation with Colors TV CEO Raj Nayak

Unlike many in the Indian media business, Colors TV CEO Raj Nayak seems terribly unruffled.  Having blockbuster prime time programs Bigg Boss - intellectual snobs and Salman Khan's wardrobe notwithstanding - on every week certainly helps.

And of course, there is '24', Anil Kapoor's Indian adaptation of the hit American TV show which has vowed critics and audiences alike following its' debut in early October.  The platitudes are particularly rewarding as the show was a massive risk for Colors TV, a joint venture between Network 18 and American mass media giant Viacom and India's youngest mainstream General Entertainment Channel.

The show is a radical departure from the mind-numbing array of reality TV shows and soporific soap operas that have been the staple of Indian TV for decades, and will doubtless cement Colors' reputation as an innovator.

Helming the channel's charge is Nayak, 50, described as the "Superman of Indian TV ad sales", who not only has a penchant for ad-man words like "Scalability" but is fast gaining a reputation for having a nose for quality programming that will resonate with audiences not only in India but foreign markets like the UK, where Colors TV has recently become free-to-air.

In between meeting advertisers and taking in a screening of Strictly Come Dancing, Mr Nayak spoke to UKAsian Editor-in-Chief Viji Alles about the biggest success story in Indian television in the past decade and what's ahead for Colors TV.

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Raj Kundra suspended from IPL franchise

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has suspended Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra while investigations continue into his role in the IPL spot fixing scandal. The Board’s decision comes after the British Indian businessman, who is married to Shilpa Shetty, reportedly admitted to police last week that …

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Raj Rajaratnam brother charged with Insider Trading

A younger brother of Raj Rajaratnam was charged with insider trading on Thursday, nearly two years after the founder of the Galleon Group hedge fund was convicted of that crime. Prosecutors said Rengan Rajaratnam, 42, conspired with his brother to trade on non-public information concerning Clearwire Corp and Advanced Micro …

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Pictures of British Raj found in shoe box in Edinburgh

Dozens of images depicting life in India a century ago has been discovered in Edinburgh. The 178 plate-glass negatives were found inside a shoe box at the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland.   They include images commemorating a British royal visit and ships docking on …

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