IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |27/05/2017

The protest against TV measurement agency BARC  by NBA-affiliated English news channels has proved to be short-lived.  A week after pulling out of BARC and removing watermarking from their feeds they have quickly returned the fold and reinserted the watermarking.  That means the agency will now continue to capture ratings of other channels as well.  (Television Post)                         

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |26/05/2017

The Quint reports that Shashi Tharoor, Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram, has filed a civl defamation case against Arnab Goswami of Republic TV  for the story recently broadcast by the channel saying that Tharoor's wife Sunanda Pushkar had been murdered.  He is seeking damages of Rs 2 crore from Goswami. At one point in the story Goswami referred to him as a cold-blooded murderer. Tharoor told the website that the case would be taken up on May 29.                        

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |25/05/2017

While many Delhi broadsheets had full page ads by the Kerala Government completing one year in office, Economic Times went one better and tied up with the state government for  another page at the back of the ad which it called a 'consumer connect initiative'. The interview carried there with CM Pinarayi Vijayan is a textbook example of a paid news promotion.                   

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |24/05/2017

This was ET's blooper for the day. It tweeted its May 24 story on how the Bhim Army uses social media to recruit soldiers, but confused the Bhim Army with the Bhim payment app! So the tweet said, "How @NCPI_BHIM uses social media to recruit its soldiers..."  Someone from the Bhim Army pointed out the goof, much merciless ribbing on Twitter followed,  and then ET quickly deleted the tweet.                                 

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |24/05/2017

The stand-off between the broadcasters of English news channels who are members of NBA  and the audience measurement agency BARC threatens to  become  serious. If news channels protesting Republic's multiple LCN strategy turn off watermarking BARC can apparently deactivate their login for a long period and is threatening to do so. The contract the broadcasters have signed with BARC provides for that. If it does that channels which have other news counterparts such as NDTV, India Today and Times Global will be hit. They will not get viewership data for other channels as well.( MXM India)                                            

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |23/05/2017

After the army commended the major who used a human shield in Budgam to get his men out, the Times of India sub-editor thought  it was  okay to pun in the photo caption accompanying the story on May 23. It read, 'No Leetul feat?'  The Major's name is Leetul.  Thats almost as bad as Paresh Rawal's tasteless tweet about Arundati Roy.                            

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |22/05/2017
Now the Zee Group has  launched a 'nationalist' news channel! In the morning  there will be one hour of  news content which "will spread hope, positivity and cast a ray of the new dawn." At night at 11pm  there will be a 'CM's Corner’  which will air stories of States Chief Ministers and the bureaucracy. It will be called Zee Hindustan.            
IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |21/05/2017

This article in Business Insider  is about a study conducted on 40 journalists in association with the London Press Club.  The results showed that journalists' brains were operating at a lower level than the average  population because of  drinking too much, dehydration and too much caffeine, and high-sugar foods. It found that Journalists' have a below-average ability to regulate their emotions, suppress biases, solve complex problems, switch between tasks, and show creative and flexible thinking.                  

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |20/05/2017

Here is a delicious little piece of investigation by the Hindustan Times. When other newspapers reporter that the octogenarian former Haryana CM Om Prakash Chautala, convicted in a teacher recruitment scam, had passed the class 12 board exam while lodged in Tihar Jail, HT did a fact check. The story originated from Chautala's son but officials  checked with said that he had appeared for the class 10 exam, not 12, and the results are not out yet!                     

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |20/05/2017

 The Delhi High Court has  issued notice to Republic TV on the Times Group’s petition alleging copyright violation. BCCL  has filed a petition in Delhi High Court against Arnab Goswami’s ARG Outlier Media and Asianet News saying that said that the audio clips which Republic TV had used in its stories on  Lalu Yadav and Sunanda Pushkar were the intellectual property of Times Now. The court hearing is on 26 May.                 

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The protest against TV measurement agency BARC  by NBA-affiliated English news channels has proved to be short-lived.  A week after pulling out of BARC and removing watermarking from their feeds they have quickly returned the fold and reinserted the watermarking.  That means the agency will now continue to capture ratings of other channels as well.  (Television Post)                         

The Quint reports that Shashi Tharoor, Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram, has filed a civl defamation case against Arnab Goswami of Republic TV  for the story recently broadcast by the channel saying that Tharoor's wife Sunanda Pushkar had been murdered.  He is seeking damages of Rs 2 crore from Goswami. At one point in the story Goswami referred to him as a cold-blooded murderer. Tharoor told the website that the case would be taken up on May 29.                        

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