MEDIA WATCH BRIEF
On March 29 Al Jazeera had a ten-minute coverage on The Indian media's rural blind spot: it contained figures from small surveys, such as the monthly coverage of rural India on the first page of Hindi and English papers (1.4 % for Hindu in Dec. 2014; zero for rest) and channels (6.6% for Aaj Tak in Dec. 2014; almost zero for most English channels). The report had usual suspects—P. Sainath; Gaon Connection; Khabar Lahariya; except for Rajdeep Sardesai, who conceded, “Let me be honest: the business model of Television today is struggling to try and plough back investment in business…”
Today was India Today’s turn to get castigated on social media (#ShameOnIndiaToday) – and deservedly so: this was after the magazine’s website posted a video with caption “Deepika or Kim Kardashian who’s your choice for a one night stand”. India Today took down the article and offered an apology, “Dear readers, we made a mistake. We are sorry,” though the URL still contains the same caption.
Soon after India lost to Australia in the World Cup today, Headlines Today showed images of people lined up .. more>>