JWT was selected from amongst nine ad agencies. The others in the
running were Ogilvy, Lowe, FCB Ulka, TBWA Anthem, RK Swamy BBDO,
Equus Redcell, Crayons and Ushak Kaal.
JWT, which will work on a monthly retainership worth Rs 6 million
a year, will handle total branding and strategic planning of all
campaigns, development of creatives for print, outdoor and internet
advertisements, ideas and concepts for conferences and events etc.
This is the first time that DD has hired a professional advertising
agency to handle its brand management. Hitherto agencies were appointed
on assignment basis.
While the creatives will be handled by JWT, the buying , if at
all, would be taken care of by Prasar Bharati itself. DD has already
entered into agreements with several print medium products for a
barter deal for advertsiements related to DD.
DD Director General, Dr SY Quraishi says: "Despite our reach and
preeminent position in several areas, we are faced with an image
problem. We are keen to correct the public perception of our image."
The pubcaster, along with JWT, will be adopting an aggressive strategy
and besides multimedia campaigns, shall also extensively use its
barter arrangements with leading newspapers and magazines to place