Forbes has announced the launch of Indian edition . The Indian edition has been launched in association with Network18 . The launch marks a significant milestone in the Indian media space as Forbes India is the first Indian edition of any foreign news or business publication.
Forbes India is set to become the most influential business brand in India. The magazine’s best-of-class editorial team, led by Indrajit Gupta, has the flair, depth of talent and a unique passion for high quality magazine journalism. It will be published on a biweekly schedule and has an initial print run of 75,000 copies. Forbes India has been designed by the internationally renowned duo of Walter Bernard and Milton Glaser.
Commenting on this historic moment, Steve Forbes, Chairman & CEO, Forbes Media LLC & Editor-in-Chief, Forbes said: “We are excited to be working with one of India’s leading media groups, Network18, as our partner. I doubt there’s been a better time to launch Forbes India. In the midst of economic doom and gloom, India’s story is one of resilience in adversity and optimism for the future.”
Forbes India will take on the role of the drama critic of Indian business. The magazine will help readers connect the dots, form patterns and see beyond the obvious, giving them a completely different perspective. In doing this, it will deliver sharp, in-depth and engaging stories by looking at global and domestic issues through an Indian prism.
Raghav Bahl, Founder and Editor, Network18 added: “The Indian media landscape has had quite a few inflection points in its history. These are points when the rules of the game change and a new language of content emerges and the landscape alters fundamentally. We believe that this will be that inflection point for business coverage in the country. A point which will redefine in India how wealth creation will be understood, how business leaders will choose to lead, and indeed how business will be done. At Network18 we are proud to bring home to you the community that gave birth to business media as we know today, the community called Forbes, the only way the best in business have kept score for over 9O years.”
In the inaugural issue, Forbes India features Lakshmi Mittal, the man who changed the face of the steel industry, and became the fourth richest man in the world. But now, for the first time in three decades, he faces his sternest test. The global slowdown has made his company post quarterly losses for the first time ever last year, and then another negative balance sheet in the next quarter. He’s not alone; the steel industry worldwide is going through a crisis. Everyone is looking to Mittal to show the way out. Will he claw his way out of the slump? The inaugural issue of Forbes India gives the most comprehensive look yet at this driven, determined man.
Haresh Chawla, Group CEO, Network18 further stated: “Forbes is an ideal partner for us as we expand our competencies into the print medium and thus strengthen our position as one of India’s leading full play media conglomerates. India’s readership potential is yet to be fully tapped and as the market evolves, credible and strong brands will succeed in the print space. With our experience in business media as well also our ability to deploy global media brands successfully in the Indian market, we are confident of an enriching association with Forbes. We see a lot of opportunity for value creation in this partnership by unleashing cross platform synergies and developing a roster of market leading offerings in the coming years with subsequent launches of ForbesLife and ForbesWoman. The addition of Forbes will further energize our business portfolio which already commands leadership through CNBC-TV18 & CNBC AWAAZ, Newswire18 and web offerings such as moneycontrol.com and indiaearnings.com.”
William Adamopoulos, President and Publisher, Forbes Asia, commented: “We have been reporting on India and its heroes of capitalism for many years, and it is very exciting for us to partner with the accomplished media entrepreneurs at Network18 to bring the Forbes brand and style of journalism to India. Forbes India complements and builds upon our existing pan-Asian network of Forbes Asia, Forbes China, Forbes Korea and Forbes Nihonban, making Forbes the largest circulating business publication brand in Asia-Pacific.”
B. Sai Kumar, Group COO, Network18 & Publisher, Forbes India, added: “The partnership with Forbes is yet another testament to the immense trust and ability that Network18 enjoys with its international partners. The addition of Forbes to our business portfolio adds the vital dimension of the print medium to it, and along with our other leading business brands like CNBC-TV18, CNBC Awaaz, Moneycontrol.com and Newswire18, enables us to explore cross-platform synergies for both, our content as well as our advertisers to use the power of television, print and web together. Forbes India is set to become the country’s most influential business brand leveraging network 18’s strengths and taking forward the Forbes legacy built over 90 years. Forbes India has the country’s most experienced editorial team and an unmatched distribution network.”
To further complement the magazine’s offerings, the Forbes India Show will be a half-hour weekly program and air on CNBC-TV18, the country’s largest and most respected business channel. The show will see Senthil Chengalvarayan, President & Editorial Director, TV18 Business Media, in conversation with business leaders, policy makers, entrepreneurs and top financial executives to bring together opinions on issues and policies that impact the economy, and also have a wide array of business content ranging from leadership, economy and finance to international business and entrepreneurship.