BY PADMAJA SHAW| IN MEDIA BUSINESS |15/12/2016
BARC India’s new ratings system proves to be vulnerable to tampering by TV channels just as the earlier TAM was.
BY PADMAJA SHAW| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |12/12/2016
The government of Andhra Pradesh is set to outsource its PR work to journalists for upto Rs 51,000 a month.
BY PADMAJA SHAW| IN REGIONAL MEDIA |24/06/2016
Telugu media houses flaunt their political affiliations and function as the assault teams of the main parties while professing ‘fearless journalism’.
BY PADMAJA SHAW| IN REGIONAL MEDIA |31/05/2016
Criminal defamation is not about the law but about society’s underlying power structures. They determine what you can do and can’t do.
BY PADMAJA SHAW| IN OPINION |07/03/2016
A much bigger game is being played out in the JNU episode, involving political power and corporate interests. Eyeballs are not sought for advertising alone,
BY PADMAJA SHAW| IN OPINION |01/02/2016
Media misread campus politics. The ABVP’s Hindutva aggression is not normal student activism, but they ignored this until it led to Rohith’s suicide,
BY PADMAJA SHAW| IN OPINION |21/12/2015
The media – an instrument of democracy – is used by the ruling elite to undermine the interests of the majority in a democracy.
BY PADMAJA SHAW| IN JUDGEMENTS |23/11/2015
The outcome of Subramanian Swamy’s case is going to be important for the future of both free speech and hate speech in India.
BY PADMAJA SHAW| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |14/10/2015
After each attack on free speech, the television channels choose to rant and bring in a chorus of Parivar apologists to fully justify their politics.
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Both Barkha Dutt and NDTV announced on Sunday that she will moving on from the channel to do her own thing.  While she said,"It's been a super ride at NDTV but new beginning in 2017. I shall be moving on from NDTV to explore new opportunities and my own ventures," the channel she joined out of college and spent 21 years with issued a generous statement. It said, "In all her years with NDTV, she has been hugely productive and has grown with the organisation, becoming an acclaimed, award-winning journalist of repute...We are certain that Barkha will go from strength to strength and NDTV wishes her all the very best." Will the channel feel the same without her?

Is getting political gossip paramount for political reporters? It  seems to override all other considerations, going by an item in Jan 13's Indian Express column `Delhi Confidential'.  Journalists, including seniors, apparently throng Congress leader Sajjan Kumar's annual lunch for his insights into Haryana, UP and Delhi politics. Any journalist worth her salt knows that he faces criminal cases for his alleged involvement in the November 1984  massacre of Sikhs in Delhi. He was denied a Lok Sabha ticket in 2009 because of this, despite having won in 2004. Should journalists patronise a politician accused of such a crime?  Accepting his hospitality is one thing, interviewing him for his insights is another.            

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