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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This Nirav Modi profile in The Hindu on the "silent" diamond trader "who now faces a bleak future" reads like a fluff piece on a man who is at the centre of a massive scam. Based on what the writer says could be the last interview he gave (in November 2017) to the Indian media, it describes his youth, the rapid expansion of his business, the price his range of jewellery begins at, and how he designs every single piece of jewellery that he sells. 'Bleak' is surely an understatement for the future he now faces.    

The National Investigation Agency (NIA), set up to deal with combating and investigating terror-related crimes in India, has taken it upon itself to define the work of journalists. In its chargesheet  against Kashmiri photo-journalist Kamran Yusuf, in jail since September 5, 2017, the NIA said videos accessed of his work showed that he covered 'anti-national' activities and this went against the 'moral' duty of a journalist to cover developmental activities!                     
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