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To make sense of the week’s hottest stories in business, economy and markets, senior editors from the Economic Times chat with reporters and industry leaders in this thrice-weekly (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday) podcast.


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To Zee or Not to Zee

Shashwat Mohanty September 17, 2021

Two years ago Punit Goenka saved the family crown jewel from the brink of a takeover by bringing in Invesco Oppenheimer. But as old backers lose patience and have decided to pull the rug, will Zee Entertainment survive a board coup? Shriram Subramanian, Founder and Managing Editor of InGovern, and ET’s Gaurav Laghate take you through what’s at stake. Credits: TV18, ET Now, Money Control, Editorji.

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The Big Techover of Banks

Anirban Chowdhury September 16, 2021

Google recently tied up with Equitas Small Finance Bank to offer fixed deposits via its UPI platform Google Pay. Sahil Kini, CEO of fintech software infrastructure company Setu, and ET’s Saloni Shukla explain why Big Tech’s foray into finance could be the next big disruption. Credits: Shubham Bagde, Bloomberg Markets and Finance, CNBC-TV18, NDTV, Google India, Paytm.

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Ford won’t Make in India

Rachita Prasad September 14, 2021

The end of road for Ford in India will jeopardise thousands of livelihoods. ET’s Ketan Thakkar explains how poor sales, piled up losses and failed attempts at partnerships pushed the American carmaker to shut its Indian manufacturing plants. ET’s Dia Rekhi and FADA president Vinkesh Gulati narrate the plight of those affected from Ford’s exit.Credits: Reuters, CNA, India TodayCredits: CNBC-TV18, ET Now, Royal Enfield

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Byju’s and the M&A Factory

Arijit Barman September 10, 2021

IPO-bound Byju’s has been an M&A juggernaut with 17 acquisitions so far. Rakesh Gupta, Managing Partner at LoEstro Advisors, Rahul Malhotra, Director at AB Bernstein and ET Prime’s Debleena Majumdar explain the reasons behind Byju’s shopping spree and the associated challenges.
Credits: Business Today, CNBC-TV18, ET Now, Stronger Stories, Byju’s, CNBC Television

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Satcom Fever

Devina Sengupta September 9, 2021

A number of private players in India are showing interest in developing satellite communications, a service that’s touted to bring fast internet to far-flung parts of India. How long before projects by the likes of Elon Musk, Bharti Enterprises and the Tata Group can take off? TV Ramachandran, president of the Broadband India Forum and ET’s Kalyan Parbat explain why satellite broadband could be a game-changer. Clip credits: CNBC, NewsThink, Republic World, CNET

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Snacks & Sins

Ratna Bhushan September 7, 2021

The seven-year-long struggle to publish a mandate to introduce front-of-pack warning labels indicating high sugar, salt or fat contents on all packaged foods and drinks may finally see the light of the day. Britannia’s former managing director, Vinita Bali, FSSAI’s CEO Arun Singhal, & Ashim Sanyal, COO of Consumer Voice tell us how this will impact India’s packaged food industry and whether this will change the way we snack. Clip Credits : Coca-Cola Great Britain & Ireland TVC, Kellogg’s India TVC, Smokefreedelhi, RawleyThanks to Saradha N, Kondadadi Rahul and Charu Mehra for the Vox Pop.

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Bullish on BillDesk

Arijit Barman September 3, 2021

What justifies an eye-watering $4.7 billion valuation for BillDesk? Anirban Mukherjee, CEO of PayU India, the acquirer, explains the rationale behind this mega fintech marriage and the way forward with ET’s Ashwin Manikandan.

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Wadia Vs Wadia

Anirban Chowdhury September 2, 2021

The 285-year-old Wadia family empire is standing on shaky ground with its family scion and heir apparent, Jeh Wadia, resigning from the boards. Dr Mita Dixit, co-founder of Equations Advisors and ET’s Satish John tell us what went wrong, and whether this is a failed succession plan or a temporary tussle. Credits: Guruprasad Gp Youtube channel, Yousaf Salli, GenesisTVCs, MirrorNow, itvindia, ETNow

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The Grand Asset Bazaar

Nehal Chaliawala August 31, 2021

By strategically ‘leasing out’ assets of public sector undertakings, the Centre hopes to raise ₹6 lakh crore under the National Monetisation Pipeline. But concerns over the fine print, viability, and potential private monopolies remain. ICICI securities EVP Raghwendra Pande and ET’s Sugata Ghosh discuss. Credits: NDTV, HW News English, India Today, ET Now, Hindustan Times.

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Dodging the Bullet

Arijit Barman August 27, 2021

Siddhartha Lal has resurrected Eicher Motors and Royal Enfield to make it a cult. But dipping sales and the recent shareholder blowback has halted its cruise. Auto industry veteran Avik Chattopadhyay and ET’s Ketan Thakkar discuss whether the company will ride into the electric age, or face disruption. Credits: Royal Enfield, TV-18, ET Now, Auto X, Jay Leno’s Garage, Economic Times, NDTV, Ather Energy, ZigWheels, AC/DC, T-Series, Silly Monks Music, Vgrooves..

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Figuring Femtech

Devina Sengupta August 26, 2021

A clutch of “femtech startups”, companies that use tech to providing solutions for women’s health problems like PCOS, thyroid, sexual well-being, menstruation and maternal problems have mushroomed in India. We spoke to Achitha Jacob, founder of Proactive for Her and ET’s Indulekha Aravind to understand why this neglected segment is now seeing so much traction. Clip credits: SheThePeopleTV, Dr. Cuterus, Leeza Mangaldas, BeerBiceps, Clue, Aretha Franklin (WMG/Atlantic Records), Doordarshan, Cyndi Lauper (SonyATV)

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This Diwali, Costlier Phones!

Anirban Chowdhury August 24, 2021

What connects phones getting pricier this Diwali and your neighbourhood mobile store going out of business? A global shortage of semiconductor chipsets. In part 2 of our two-part series, Arvinder Khurana, president of All India Mobile Retailers Association, Sanjay Gupta, vice-president, NXP India, Navkendar Singh, research director at IDC India and ET’s Devina Sengupta explain how deep is the crisis and tell us whether this will unsettle your plans to buy a new phone this Diwali. Credits: Reuters, Wion