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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' comments on HT's website as well as its Twitter and Facebook pages, however, seemed divided in loyalties, and blamed journalists for making news out of celebrities' private lives.
On March 3 Arnab Goswami's nightly rant was on the BBC journalist's documentary on Nirbhaya's rapists and the fact that NDTV showed the footage. Is this journalism he thundered. Which begged the question: is what we get on Times Now's super prime time every evening journalism, by a far stretch?