Monday, July 19, 2010

My Dear friends,
The other day Headlines Today's (as high headed as most other TV Channels) office was ransacked by a mob of Sangh loyalists. At least this is what most of us have been led to believe. I have few points to share in this regard.
1. Regardless of the political overtones which this incident no doubt has, it is abundantly apparent that the "TRP" war is at the root of it.
2. The channel simply had it coming. The people manning the editorial dept. either simply or conveniently forgot that the power of the media is dependent on responsible and careful use of its independence. Sadly, media houses are acting like any other business organization and rarely are independent, in fact mostly they are partisan.
3. All of us who watch BBC or CNN must have noticed that in a month of regular viewing there are hardly four or five "Breaking News". Indian TV news channels, on the contrary, live from one breaking news to another- and the process is never ending.
I wonder, given the intense no holds barred "TRP" war, some day we'll be subjected to a screaming breaking news on some odd TV News Channel-"Third fart in a day by the Agriculture Minister" or worse still "Bollywood No 1 is not a Khan but a Khansama"
Ponder my dear friends.

1 comment:

  1. If you have not watched Peepli Live by must...the "breaking news" phenomenon could not have been put on celluloid in a better way...I think we have come a long way since the "New Delhi Times" days...


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