BCCI calls the shots

IN Media Watch Briefs | 25/06/2016

Shekhar Gupta in his Walk the Talk programme on June 24 told Anurag Thakur, president BCCI, that when BCCI reserves the right to pick the anchor for the broadcast channel they select for telecast of matches, that was the 'worst form of paid news' . He also grilled Thakur on the exit of Bhogle. 'Why did you ban Harsha Bhogle?' No clear answers came from Thakur other than weak denials. But he did reveal that several broadcasting houses owe them money till date.        

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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 One of the pleas made in its own defence by the broadcaster was that the presenter had left the channel and had been replaced by one who had "a very different approach".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)                                           

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.                         

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