Stunning debut or a manipulated one?

IN Media Watch Briefs | 18/05/2017

If the Times Group has accused Republic TV and its founder of theft,  Arnab Goswami has got his revenge by way of what the BARC ratings show for Republic's first week. In a target group of males aged 22+ it has double the viewership of Times Now (51.9 per cent  to TN's 24.6 per cent.)  But is this genuine viewership?  The News Broadcasters Association has alleged "dual LCN" malpractice in the way the new channel is appearing in more then one genre on distribution platforms. It had urged BARC not to release the first week's data until this was stopped  but BARC has gone ahead and done so.                               

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The BJP's celebration of three years of rule has meant multiple bashes for journalists of different kinds. The TV crowd was feted separately from print and digital journalists, one for each category,  combined with other segments such as financial institution professionals. The Amit Shah part of the picture was a repeat on each occasion, journalists and others around his table edging in to catch every word. Even as senior ministers were secondary draws.            

Union minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi has been blitzing her way through the online petition site change.org to solicit support for her draft national policy for women. After a personalised letter to all those on the site's email list, she sent out another personalised letter today to thank signatories for support, and for  'out of the box' suggestions sent for the policy document.The only snag is several  recipients of her email had not signed any petition, nor sent any recommendations nor supported the policy document, leave alone sending 'out of the box' suggestions.                                             

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