Arnab Goswami's Newshour episodes of last summer have come under the scrutiny of of the UK broadcast regulator, Ofcom. Times Global is a licensee in the UK because its channel is shown there. This long, civil post mortem of 19 episodes in August and September of Newshour viewed by the regulator holds them in breach of one of its rules which require adequate alternative viewpoints to be provided. Several instances of Goswami's fulminations against Pakistan's government are cited. One of the pleas made in its own defence by the broadcaster was that the presenter had left the channel and had been replaced by one who had "a very different approach". (indiantelevision.com)
A CRPF jawan is seen in this Times Now story on the Sukma attack giving a soundbite to ANI and another TV mic even as he is laid up in a hospital bed with a breathing tube attached. A tweet about this by @mediacrooks had some Twitterati fulminating about 'disgusting presstitutes' and other less printable descriptions. But why did the CRPF allow the media access to an injured man?
ET Now is reported to have started a process of laying off employees, and plans to replace them with free lancers. Eight people in the Delhi bureau were given pink slips last week and some in smaller bureaus. These are at the desk, and also include cameramen and OB van personnel.
The Supreme Court today admitted a writ petition filed by Quint reporter Poonam Agarwal for a court-monitored investigation into the death of gunner Roy Mathew, to seek guidelines on the application of the Official Secrets Act (OSA) to bring it in line with the Constitution and prevent its misuse, and to conduct an inquiry into the persistence of the 'sahayak' system in the army. The judges issued notice to the government. The Quint journalist was charged with spying under the OSA and abetment to suicide under the IPC. Senior advocate Gopal Subramaniam and Adv Prashant Kumar appeared for the petitioner.
Twitter-happy journalists of the Times Group have been served a dampener by the organisation's HR head. A circular says they may not use their personal social media handles to comment on news, politics, civic issues or crime unless reported by the Group's official social media handles. Nor can they retweet their own stories unless the official Twitter handle has done so. Nor can they use their own Twitter handles to repost invective or opinions which may be against the laws of the land. Why? Because the personal opinions expressed are apparently hurting the "integrity and credibility" of the Times Network platforms.
A foreign correspondent (Stanley Pignal of the Economist) thinks it's odd that if you get an interview with Ratan Tata you would not ask a single question about the Tata debacle. But the interview is a muted two-column affair on page 1 of ET Panache (April 20) and Indian journalists are not surprised. As one of the comments puts it, the interview would have been given on that pre-condition, and anyway if its in Panache its hardly going to be hard news.
How a does a journalist on Twitter deal with a subject like Mallya's arrest and release on bail, and the start of extradition proceedings? Without niceties. The Indian ones are rude, the foreign ones chummy. "Sorry Mr Mallya please don't bluff..." says Bhupendra Chaubey of CNNNews18. The business reporter of CNN Money says "Hi there, do you have any further comment..."etc and ends with "Pls get back to me ASAP". The Guardian reporter hails him with"Hi Vijay" and then introduces himself.
After the PM, his ministers and officials all pulled out from the ET Global Summit recently, (ostensibly because of the paper's fulsome coverage of the Samajwadi Party) the paper seems to be trying hard to make up. ET on April 17 carried a full page splash of its 4th Annual Power Focus Summit held a month ago, with a prominent report on what the minister said.
As part of the dramatic build up to his channel's launch Arnab Goswami put out another video yesterday claiming that "a media group" had sent him a six-page letter threatening him with imprisonment if he ever used the phrase "The Nation Wants to Know." No prizes for guessing which media group he is hinting at. More drama: "To them, I say: The threat of imprisonment will not deter me. Bring your moneybags and your lawyers, file the criminal case against me for using the phrase 'Nation Wants to Know'."
Four journalists have been murdered in Mexico since March 3, according to the news website Colectivo Pericu. The most recent killing was on Friday last week, of a 71-year-old journalist who was shot dead outside a store in Mexico City. He had a reputation for making strong and critical statements during his career, according to RSF. Mexico's ruthless drug cartels are known to target journalists, and the country now ranks third in the world for the number of journalists killed, after Syria and Afghanistan.(New Indian Express)