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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The Zee Group being a lead sponsor of the Jaipur Lit-fest  means that you get a dose of Zee News' Sudhir Chaudhary there every year, sometimes plugging one of the group's channels. This year someone from the audience asked him a direct question about fake videos to which he replied without batting an eyelid that India did not have credible institutions who could do a fair investigation.  The moderator chipped in, you have a remote, change the channel if you don't like it. Retorted a person in the audience, don't tell us what to do, improve yourselves.                                  

Catch News has just done a round of staff relocation between its Delhi, Noida and Jaipur offices. Whether you describe it as cost cutting or rationalisation depends on what you choose to believe. The moves are apparently aimed at facilitating the Rajasthan Patrika Group's plan to bring out an English daily from Jaipur, a project which has been in the works for a while. Other expansion plans such as a Malayalam version of Catch News seem to be on hold.              

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