MEDIA WATCH BRIEF
The Times of India clarifies that it has disclosed in its report on Ericsson that "the writer is in Barcelona at the invitation of Ericsson". The paper says its policy is to carry such a disclosure "when we write on the company/organisation at whose invitation the paper has assigned a correspondent -- but not when it's about some other company or businessman (such as Sunil Mittal)."
Sunil Mittal of Airtel has been extensively reported in newspapers from Barcelona, commenting on the imminent spectrum auction. The Economic Times had both a front-page story and a half-page Q&A with him inside; Rediff, PTI, and the Times of India also had stories. Only the Hindu Business Line revealed how the correspondents got there: "at the invitation of Telenor". Telenor was to host a media seminar at its hospitality stand. No disclosures at the bottom of the story by the others.
The Hindustan Times yesterday carried a "big story" about how cricketer Virat Kohli abused a HT journalist at Perth, mistaking him for another journalist who had recently written about his relationship with an actress. The readers' .. more>>
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