Radia Tapes: 062 - Radia, G.Ganapathy Subramanium (ET)
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Niira Radia: Yeah Ganu, hi.
G. Ganapathy Subramaniam: Hi. Two minutes? Do you have two minutes?
Niira Radia: Yeah yeah, go ahead.
G. Ganapathy Subramaniam: Arrey
I didn't disturb you yesterday, I only sent only messages because I thought it must have been a busy, busy day, you know, with all kinds of things going around. One unrelated thing I wanted to tell you. One, we are on some kind of a, uh, test launch uh, you know, soft launch tomorrow...and for budget some big, you know, programming is being planned. So our people will get in touch with you.
Nira : He is - Sridharan is in touch with me.
G. Ganapathy Subramaniam: Yeah, yeah, that's right. Knowing other guys, you know, they cannot be really trusted, you know what, it is suggested that one or two big names from this group, say Muthuraman or whatever can uh sort of you know, join the programme etcetera, form discussions and some CII panel. 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, there will be join programming with Times Now so that will give a little more mileage, and also they will have a better rapport with the people na
, even though there are different levels, the rapport may not (inaudible) at this level it will be good.
Niira Radia: But Ganu, where are you people going to be airing? Because you're not on Tata Sky yet, right?
G. Ganapathy Subramaniam: I think Hathway guy has signed up, he is the first.
Niira Radia: Who? Hathway?
G. Ganapathy Subramaniam: Hathway, yeah, and Tata Sky I think the discussion still going on it's not finalised...I think Airtel fellow has signed. And others are yet to sign.
Niira Radia: Okay.
G. Ganapathy Subramaniam: So they are also letting it happen in a, you know, step by step manner.
Niira Radia: Uh huh.
G. Ganapathy Subramaniam: So that you know, from the soft launch, as we move towards the budget, there will be uh more uh wider footprint.
Niira Radia: Right.
G. Ganapathy Subramaniam: But on Budget Day till say about 2.30 we are on Times Now. The programming on ET Now will be on Times Now as well.
Niira Radia: Uh huh.
G. Ganapathy Subramaniam: So, that way it is interesting.
Niira Radia: OK. I'll uh...I am trying to get Muthu. I have got mail from Sridharan. I am trying.
G. Ganapathy Subramaniam: Yeah yeah yeah. So that'll be good no. Like, why should your people not be there?
Niira Radia: I don't know Ganu, generally if you notice our trend in the past is that we've never commented on budget, we do, I mean we make certain comments...but limited, because that is not been (inaudible) of Tatas...you know that.
G. Ganapathy Subramaniam: Yeah yeah, what they can do is instead of directly commenting on the budget, they can comment on the situation [inaudible] on what is happening in the economy, what is happening to the revival process what is happening internationally and what are ideal things for us to sort of look at...and that way.
Niira Radia: Okay, let me ... I got the mail yesterday, I'll take it up today.
G. Ganapathy Subramaniam: Okay.
Niira Radia: 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 today or tomorrow?
G. Ganapathy Subramaniam: Uh uh...Who?
Niira Radia: You and I were supposed to meet, no?
G. Ganapathy Subramaniam: Yeah, yeah yeah yeah. You tell me, na
, whenever. I mean, I'm okay today also but only reason I did not disturb you yesterday was because I thought that yesterday was a hell of a busy day. But whenever you tell me... today also. Afternoon if you...I'm going to be free from 12 onwards. I have one little meeting now uh, Planning Commission, that will be over. And after that I am free. May be 11 to 11.30 I will be with Montek After that I am free.
Niira Radia: Uh, Ganu, I've got a couple of issues. I will reach office 3 o' clock probably. Let me call you, because I don't know how my day is.
G. Ganapathy Subramaniam: Sure sure, you either send me a message or you know, 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, because I don't know...I will reach office only around 3:00 I think
G. Ganapathy Subramaniam: Yeah, yeah, yeah, okay fine. I will wait for your message, then.
Niira Radia: No because there's a -
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