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Pankaj Srivastava who recently publicised his own sacking from IBN7 on Facebook, is the latest in a recent stream of senior exits from IBN7 and CNN-IBN. He was first sidelined despite his seniority and considerable news experience into vetting the thousands of daily stories which come in from the ETV Hindi channels. Then he was asked to resign, which he declined to do. Then he provoked them by sending the sms on the channel's Kejriwal coverage. No show cause notice was given to him, due process was not followed. He is going to court on this issue.

On  Jan. 20, Satish Sharma, the editor of the English daily Garhwal Post sat on a hunger strike outside the chief secretary’s office in Dehradun to protest non-payment for government ads. The payments for ads carried in over 200 newspapers is pending, Mr. Sharma told The Hoot, because the Uttarakhand government is short of money.

It certainly helps to sponsor an event. Quickly scan the profiles of the speakers attending the 2015 Jaipur Literary Festival and whether you are a V.S. Naipual, Paul Theroux or a Sarah Waters, they border on factual and inevitably downplay the author's stature. But the wordy profile of Subhash Chandra, chairperson of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Private Ltd., the main promoter of the festival, is an euphoric ode to the media man, straight from the company's PR office.

Film-maker Pahlaj Nihalani who produced the 'Har Ghar Modi' video before the Lok Sabha polls, is the new chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification, following the resignation of Leela Samson who had alleged political interference. The members include Ashoke Pandit of Panun Kashmir fame; Chandra Prakash Dwivedi (the tele-serial Chanakya's director); scriptwriter Mihir Bhuta, who tweets as @iamhindu; Bengali actor and unsuccessful BJP candidate from Howrah in the Lok Sabha polls, George BakerRSS supporter Ramesh Patange; and Syed Abdullah Bari. No worries about political interference now, for sure.
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