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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This Nirav Modi profile in The Hindu on the "silent" diamond trader "who now faces a bleak future" reads like a fluff piece on a man who is at the centre of a massive scam. Based on what the writer says could be the last interview he gave (in November 2017) to the Indian media, it describes his youth, the rapid expansion of his business, the price his range of jewellery begins at, and how he designs every single piece of jewellery that he sells. 'Bleak' is surely an understatement for the future he now faces.    

The National Investigation Agency (NIA), set up to deal with combating and investigating terror-related crimes in India, has taken it upon itself to define the work of journalists. In its chargesheet  against Kashmiri photo-journalist Kamran Yusuf, in jail since September 5, 2017, the NIA said videos accessed of his work showed that he covered 'anti-national' activities and this went against the 'moral' duty of a journalist to cover developmental activities!                     
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