IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |16/11/2017

In observance of National Press Day today Rajasthan Patrika carried  a blank editorial saying that it was a day meant to celebrate independent  and responsible journalism. But in Rajasthan this was endangered by the black law the state government was seeking to introduce. It said it opposed a law which amounted to the murder of democracy.                                        

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |15/11/2017

 Zee News has rolled up its sleeves  to do battle on behalf of the BJP as the Gujarat elections approach.  On Nov 14 they played the Hardik Patel CD at prime time,  and when it showed precious little that was incriminating the voice over said the channel was not playing some parts of the tape because it was not fit to telecast.  On Nov 15 Sudhir Chaudhary was doing one of his endless piece-to-cameras on the history of the Ayodhya dispute.                                  

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |14/11/2017

On Tuesday night (Nov 14) ABP News went from communal sensation-mongering to rendering its own expose a damp squib in the space of a single news story at prime time. Its reporter set out to find out why some homes  in Ahmedabad's housing societies woke up in the morning to find a red cross marked on their front doors. Whats more it was only on the doors of Muslim residents. Who,what, why? Those questions never really got answered.  In going from colony to colony the reporter ended up finding that  the mark was not only on the doors of Muslim homes, and that the corporation and some kind of a GPS-based garbage collection drive was behind it.                                          

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |14/11/2017

NDTV reports that Director Sujoy Ghosh, head of the  jury for the Indian Panorama section at the 48th International Film Festival of India, has resigned. Last week the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting reportedly removed two films from a list picked by the jury to be screened at the festival.  Missing from the list of films were Malayalam movie S Durga and the Marathi film Nude. Meanwhile  The Hindu tweeted that  film maker Sanal Kumar Sasidharan, who has made S Durga, plans to file a writ petition in the Kerala High Court to protest  the non-inclusion.

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |14/11/2017
Journalist Vinod Verma's judicial remand has been extended till November 27. The journalist whose arrest in Ghaziabad on Oct 27 created a stir, was subsequently taken to Raipur in connection with a sleaze CD case involving a Chhattisgarh minister. His bail plea has been rejected.                              
IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |12/11/2017

This HT story says that "a section of JNU students" allege "that they cannot access any videos relating to JNU student leaders Kanhaiya Kumar, Shehla Rashid and politicians Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal, Mamta Bannerjee. Other members of opposition parties  are showing no results”.  Apparently access  to news sites of NDTV, The Wire, and others are also blocked by redirecting users to a page that says they are trying to access “adult content.” Wifi censorship? Now thats a new one.                                  

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |09/11/2017

After The Hoot wrote this brief  on how the Indigo fracas was covered it seems we goofed in praising TOI, which in turn had goofed in labelling  the employee who shot the video as a whistleblower who was sacked. The airline says that far from being a whistleblower the man was the real culprit in the incident, telling two other employees to stop the passenger from boarding the bus. What isn't clear at all though is how he shot a video while being at the centre of the action himself. And a video which implicates him!                             

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |09/11/2017

Television Post reports that NDTV’s standalone net loss has jumped 35% to Rs 17.92 crore for the 2nd quarter of FY ‘18 as against Rs 13.29 crore in the corresponding quarter of the previous fiscal. It adds that revenue from operations has fallen 22.18%.  The standalone result is of financials for the TV news broadcasting and allied business while the consolidated result includes TV, digital, and e-commerce. The net profit from digital grew 40% to Rs 7 crore from Rs 5 crore.              

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |09/11/2017

The Chandigarh Press Club had moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court to be clubbed with others who had sought compensation from the Haryana Government for damage to property  during the 25th August violence in Panchkula. Media persons and organisations suffered damage to  vehicles, OB vans and other equipment. The High Court said on November 8 that it would first decide who is to pay the compensation - the government or Dera Sacha Sauda. The Press Club and others could then approach it for a further decision. None of the media houses barring one which has offered soft loans, has helped  reporters and photographers whose vehicles were burnt.. They manage by taking lifts from colleagues.                   

 

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |08/11/2017
While the Hindu, Express, New Indian Express and Hindustan Times had reports on the incident of a scuffle between an Indigo airlines passenger and its staffers, with the latter allegedly thrashing the passenger (the video shows manhandling and dragging rather than thrashing) only the Times of India reported  additionally that the airline sacked the whistleblower--the employee who shot the video-- which is an equally damning part of the story, where the airline's reputation is concerned.                   
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In observance of National Press Day today Rajasthan Patrika carried  a blank editorial saying that it was a day meant to celebrate independent  and responsible journalism. But in Rajasthan this was endangered by the black law the state government was seeking to introduce. It said it opposed a law which amounted to the murder of democracy.                                        

 Zee News has rolled up its sleeves  to do battle on behalf of the BJP as the Gujarat elections approach.  On Nov 14 they played the Hardik Patel CD at prime time,  and when it showed precious little that was incriminating the voice over said the channel was not playing some parts of the tape because it was not fit to telecast.  On Nov 15 Sudhir Chaudhary was doing one of his endless piece-to-cameras on the history of the Ayodhya dispute.                                  

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