1. We have audited the accompanying standalone financial statements of
T.V. Today Network Limited (the Company), which comprise the Balance
Sheet as at March 31, 2015, the Statement of Profit and Loss, the Cash
Flow Statement for the year then ended, and a summary of the
significant accounting policies and other explanatory information.
Management''s Responsibility for the Standalone financial Statements
2. The Company''s Board of Directors is responsible for the matters
stated in Section 134(5) of the Companies Act, 2013 (the Act) with
respect to the preparation of these standalone financial statements to
give a true and fair view of the financial position, financial
performance and cash flows of the Company in accordance with the
accounting principles generally accepted in India, including the
Accounting Standards specified under Section 133 of the Act, read with
Rule 7 of the Companies (Accounts) Rules, 2014. This responsibility
also includes maintenance of adequate accounting records in accordance
with the provisions of the Act for safeguarding of the assets of the
Company and for preventing and detecting frauds and other
irregularities; selection and application of appropriate accounting
policies; making judgments and estimates that are reasonable and
prudent; and design, implementation and maintenance of adequate
internal financial controls, that were operating effectively for
ensuring the accuracy and completeness of the accounting records,
relevant to the preparation and presentation of the financial
statements that give a true and fair view and are free from material
misstatement, whether due to fraud or error.
3. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these standalone
financial statements based on our audit.
4. We have taken into account the provisions of the Act and the Rules
made thereunder including the accounting standards and matters which
are required to be included in the audit report.
5. We conducted our audit in accordance with the Standards on Auditing
specified under Section 143(10) of the Act and other applicable
authoritative pronouncements issued by the Institute of Chartered
Accountants of India. Those Standards and pronouncements require that
we comply with ethical requirements and plan and perform the audit to
obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are
free from material misstatement.
6. An audit involves performing procedures to obtain audit evidence
about the amounts and the disclosures in the financial statements. The
procedures selected depend on the auditor''s judgment, including the
assessment of the risks of material misstatement of the financial
statements, whether due to fraud or error. In making those risk
assessments, the auditor considers internal financial control relevant
to the Company''s preparation of the financial statements that give a
true and fair view, in order to design audit procedures that are
appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing
an opinion on whether the Company has in place an adequate internal
financial controls system over financial reporting and the operating
effectiveness of such controls. An audit also includes evaluating the
appropriateness of the accounting policies used and the reasonableness
of the accounting estimates made by the Company''s Directors, as well as
evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements.
7. We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient
and appropriate to provide a basis for our audit opinion on the
standalone financial statements.
8. In our opinion and to the best of our information and according to
the explanations given to us, the aforesaid standalone financial
statements give the information required by the Act in the manner so
required and give a true and fair view in conformity with the
accounting principles generally accepted in India, of the state of
affairs of the Company as at March 31, 2015, and its profit and its
cash flows for the year ended on that date. Emphasis of Matter
9. We draw attention to Note 40 of the financial statements
regarding the carrying value of investment in Mail Today Newspapers
Private Limited (Mail Today) amounting to Rs. 455,212,482, which is
considered appropriate by the management based on the guarantee
received from the holding company, Living Media India Limited, for
indemnifying any loss to the Company arising from the sale of the said
investment. The appropriateness of the carrying value of the said
investment is dependent on the continuance of the guarantee till the
date of sale of investment and availability of funds to indemnify the
loss. Our conclusion is not qualified in respect of this matter.
Report on Other Legal and Regulatory Requirements
10. As required by ''the Companies (Auditor''s Report) Order, 2015'',
issued by the Central Government of India in terms of sub-section (11)
of section 143 of the Act (hereinafter referred to as the Order), and
on the basis of such checks of the books and records of the Company as
we considered appropriate and according to the information and
explanations given to us, we give in the Annexure a statement on the
matters specified in paragraphs 3 and 4 of the Order.
11. As required by Section 143 (3) of the Act, we report that:
(a) We have sought and obtained all the information and explanations
which to the best of our knowledge and belief were necessary for the
purposes of our audit.
(b) In our opinion, proper books of account as required by law have
been kept by the Company so far as it appears from our examination of
(c) The Balance Sheet, the Statement of Profit and Loss, and the Cash
Flow Statement dealt with by this Report are in agreement with the
books of account.
(d) In our opinion,the aforesaid standalone financial statements comply
with the Accounting Standards specified under Section 133 of the Act,
read with Rule 7 of the Companies (Accounts) Rules, 2014.
(e) On the basis of the written representations received from the
directors as on March 31, 2015 taken on record by the Board of
Directors, none of the directors is disqualified as on March 31, 2015
from being appointed as a director in terms of Section 164 (2) of the
(f) With respect to the other matters to be included in the Auditor''s
Report in accordance with Rule 11 of the Companies (Audit and Auditors)
Rules, 2014, in our opinion and to the best of our knowledge and belief
and according to the information and explanations given to us:
i. The Company has disclosed the impact of pending litigations as at
March 31, 2015 on its financial position in its standalone financial
statements - Refer Note 19;
ii. The Company does not have derivative contracts and in respect of
other long-term contracts there are no material foreseeable losses as
at March 31,2015;
iii. There has been no delay in transferring amounts, required to be
transferred, to the Investor Education and Protection Fund by the
Company during the year ended March 31,2015.
Annexure to Independent Auditors'' Report
Referred to in paragraph 10 of the Independent Auditors'' Report of even
date to the members of T.V. Today Network Limited on the standalone
financial statements as of and for the year ended March 31,2015
i. (a) The Company is maintaining proper records showing full
particulars, including quantitative details and situation, of fixed
(b) The fixed assets are physically verified by the Management
according to a phased programme designed to cover all the items over a
period of three years which, in our opinion, is reasonable having
regard to the size of the Company and the nature of its assets.
Pursuant to the programme, a portion of the fixed assets has been
physically verified by the Management during the year and no material
discrepancies have been noticed on such verification.
ii. The Company is in the business of rendering services, and
consequently, does not hold any inventory. Therefore, the provisions
of Clause 3(ii) of the said Order are not applicable to the Company.
iii. The Company has not granted any loans, secured or unsecured, to
companies, firms or other parties covered in the register maintained
under Section 189 of the Act. Therefore, the provisions of Clause
3(iii), (iii)(a) and (iii) (b) of the said Order are not applicable to
iv. In our opinion, and according to the information and explanations
given to us, there is an adequate internal control system commensurate
with the size of the Company and the nature of its business for the
purchase of fixed assets and for the sale of services. The Company''s
operations do not involve purchase of inventory and sale of goods.
Further, on the basis of our examination of the books and records of
the Company, and according to the information and explanations given to
us, we have neither come across, nor have been informed of, any
continuing failure to correct major weaknesses in the aforesaid
internal control system.
v. The Company has not accepted any deposits from the public within
the meaning of Sections 73, 74, 75 and 76 of the Act and the rules
framed there under to the extent notified.
vi. We have broadly reviewed the books of account maintained by the
Company in respect of products where, pursuant to the rules made by the
Central Government of India, the maintenance of cost records has been
specified under sub-section (1) of Section 148 of the Act, and are of
the opinion that, prima facie, the prescribed accounts and records have
been made and maintained. We have not, however, made a detailed
examination of the records with a view to determine whether they are
accurate or complete.
vii. (a) According to the information and explanations given to us and
the records of the Company examined by us, in our opinion, the Company
is regular in depositing the undisputed statutory dues, including
provident fund, employees'' state insurance, income tax, sales tax,
wealth tax, service tax, duty of customs, value added tax, cess and
other material statutory dues, as applicable, with the appropriate
(b) According to the information and explanations given to us and the
records of the Company examined by us, there are no dues of income-
tax, sales-tax, wealth-tax, duty of customs, value added tax, cess
which have not been deposited on account of any dispute. The
particulars of dues of service tax as at March 31, 2015 which have not
been deposited on account of a dispute, are as follows:-
Name Nature Amount Period to Forum
of the of dues (Rs.) which the where the
statute amount dispute is
Finance Service Rs. FY 2006- Customs,
Act, tax 93,804,477 07 to Excise and
1994 (including FY 2011-12 Service
of Rs. Appellate
(c) The amount required to be transferred to Investor Education and
Protection Fund has been transferred within the stipulated time in
accordance with the provisions of the Companies Act, 1956 and the rules
viii. The Company has no accumulated losses as at the end of the
financial year and it has not incurred any cash losses in the financial
year ended on that date or in the immediately preceding financial year.
ix. According to the records of the Company examined by us and the
information and explanation given to us, the Company has not defaulted
in repayment of dues to any financial institution or bank or debenture
holders as at the balance sheet date.
x. In our opinion, and according to the information and explanations
given to us, the Company has not given any guarantee for loans taken by
others from banks or financial institutions during the year.
Accordingly, the provisions of Clause 3(x) of the Order are not
applicable to the Company.
xi. In our opinion, and according to the information and explanations
given to us, the term loans have been applied, on an overall basis, for
the purposes for which they were obtained.
xii. During the course of our examination of the books and records of
the Company, carried out in accordance with the generally accepted
auditing practices in India, and according to the information and
explanations given to us, we have neither come across any instance of
material fraud on or by the Company, noticed or reported during the
year, nor have we been informed of any such case by the Management.
For Price Waterhouse
Firm Registration Number: 301112E
Place: Gurgaon Partner
Date: May 12, 2015 Membership Number 57084