The Times of India Group has bagged the franchise rights for the Miss Universe pageant in India. An agreement to this effect was recently signed at the Miss Universe headquarters in New York.
Speaking on the occasion, Times Group MD Vineet Jain, said, “I am happy that the Miss Universe pageant is back once again with the Times Group.”
The Miss India Universe pageant will be produced in isolation as a stand-alone contest end of June to choose a winner who will represent India at the Miss Universe pageant.
Marc Robinson, Director Operations, Miss India, added, “Miss Universe is back where it rightfully belongs, with The Times Group. It is the oldest and most credible organisation in India capable of conducting and producing pageants on an international level, while keeping in mind international pageant requirements and standards. Both Sushmita Sen and Lara Dutta rose to fame after winning the Miss India, and subsequently the Miss Universe titles, in the years 1994 and 2000, respectively.”
Femina Miss India sent contestants to Miss Universe up until 2009, then Sushmita Sen’s “I am She” enterprise held the rights in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Times of India also produces the annual Femina Miss India competition to be held in April, with its winner going to compete in Miss World.