BY CHINTAMANI RAO| IN MEDIA BUSINESS |10/03/2018
The dishonesty starts with the pitch. Even if they don’t actually fudge the numbers, often an agency in a pitch does a great deal of window dressing to what it presents.
BY CHINTAMANI RAO| IN MEDIA BUSINESS |28/08/2017
Last week the Supreme Court upheld a Delhi High Court verdict barring Doordarshan from sharing with cable operators the live feed of cricket matches for which private broadcasters had the exclusive rights.
BY CHINTAMANI RAO| IN MEDIA BUSINESS |22/05/2017
Republic TV’s entry, its over-the-top first week ratings, and its alleged manipulation of distribution expose the weaknesses of a system where the ratings agency is broadcaster-owned.
BY CHINTAMANI RAO| IN BOOKS |20/10/2016
It’s the season for media biographies, as NDTV and TV18 publish their life stories. If NDTV comes across as self-righteous TV18 is open about its sins of commission.
BY CHINTAMANI RAO| IN BOOKS |27/07/2015
Nalin Mehta’s impressive knowledge of the television industry is evident in his latest book but bias and inconsistencies mar it.
BY CHINTAMANI RAO| IN MEDIA BUSINESS |25/08/2014
THE MEDIA REGULATION DEBATE: The TRAI report does not explain who is allowed to own or finance media, nor does it do enough homework.
BY CHINTAMANI RAO| IN MEDIA BUSINESS |03/09/2013
TRAI was not wrong to insist on a cap, but it couldn't have come at a worse time: the coincidence of the economic slowdown and digital distribution.
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Journalists covering the ongoing protest of residents of the coastal town of Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu were at the receiving end of police violence and found their cameras and cellphones snatched. The residents were demanding immediate closure of Vedanta Sterlite's copper operations and the agitation turned bloody, leaving one person dead in police firing.          

According to this report  34 people who were employed by  ABP Ltd through contractors for different departments, and were fired,  have been protesting outside the ABP premises for almost a month now but there has been no media coverage. Their troubles began when they formed a union in response to not being paid minimum wages by their contractors in 2016. Their union is affiliated to the TMC. They were fired after forming a union.The ABP management has not met them yet. Media outlets approached by the workers have declined to cover their plight. The Labour Minister has lent them a ear, but that has not resulted in any action.                     

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