BY PADMAJA SHAW| IN MEDIA BUSINESS |13/04/2017
Business houses, politicians, parties and individuals – to protect their economic interests, exert political influence, or just do journalism.
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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An impressive  battery of lawyers lined up by Rupert Murdoch’s Star India have succeeded in securing for the broadcaster an SC ruling which ensures that Prasar Bharati will no longer be able to air the mandatory sharing of sports feed on cable TV networks and pay DTH platforms.  Star India has estimated a subscription loss of Rs 970 crore and a loss of advertising revenue to the extent of Rs 245 crore since 2007 because of DD’s practice. The court has limited DD’s telecast of matches to its terrestrial network  and its Freedish. (Daily Post)                                                            

Sometimes the police balk at registering a case against a politician. Sometimes they register it and tell journalists at the same time that the allegations are baseless. Which makes you wonder with how much conviction the case will be investigated. HT reports that the Karnal police booked BJP MLA Bakshish Singh Virk and some 200 others for their alleged involvement in an attack on a journalist in Assandh.  The DSP told a reporter that an FIR had been registered but the case seemed politically motivated and without basis.                               

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