The e4m News Broadcasting Awards were presented on August 27, 2011. The distinguished jury panel, led by Shekhar Gupta, speaks on the experiences, the jury process, the kind of work the panel judged and the expectations going ahead…
Delivering his opening remarks as Chairman of the Jury, Shekhar Gupta, Editor-in-Chief, The Indian Express, said, “Since I was just the Chairperson of the Jury, I didn’t exactly have the job of seeing all the work. The Jury process ran very well because different members were allocated different categories. My job was to go from sub-group to sub-group and see to it that the process didn’t take too long and that all the work was seen very carefully and assessed. We had an excellent jury that had committed time and attention and the decision making fair.”
He further said, “It’s a very interesting time for media in India, particularly for television media. Especially what happened over the last three weeks or rather three months, announces the arrival of electronic media as a very potent force in India and it is because of this that many questions are being raised and debated. In today’s Parliamentary proceedings you will be astounded to find the number of times references were made to news media. Almost no reference was made to the print media, which is my business, I don’t know whether that is good news or bad news, but it’s an interesting phenomenon that was underlined in today’s Parliament debate.”
“It is an interesting moment for news media and also a moment of introspection for many of us – not just in electronic media, but in print as well. Because in print sometimes we have the habit ot talking to electronic media in sort of patronizing tones because we’ve been around longer. But we have to acknowledge the power not just of TV but of the new media of social media and the kind of potent combination that all of them now form,” Gupta added.
He remarked, “I am kind of uncle figure to all of you so it was very tough for me to sit on this jury and say give this person the award and not to the other, because all of you are same in a way and all of you have done some great work. The quality of work was quite phenomenal. What was even more heartening was the quality of work done by the regional channels. In most categories the gap was very narrow.”
Shekhar Gupta: The judging process was very efficient and I would say quite impartial, I wouldn’t say dispassionate, there was some passion in terms of some agreements and disagreements. This was a very dedicated bunch of jury.
Suhel Seth: I thought the judging process was very informative. There was a lot of discussion and there was a lot of dissension, but there was unanimity once the views had been tabled. So I thought it was very fair, very democratic, very mature.
Alok Mehta: The way exchange4media brought together people from diverse fields and who didn’t have their own interests. No one knew in advance who is going to view which category, but despite that the way there was unanimity over the final decision it underlined that professional minds will choose good quality work, good content and that which will benefit the maximum people.
Sunit Tandon: I think the judging process was extremely fair and objective and it was fairly well designed. There can be no doubt that the decisions that were taken were totally unbiased and to the best of the ability of the entire jury.
Amit Jain: I think the judging process was outstanding. This was among the rarer juries that was totally transparent and very structured, prepared wonderfully by exchange4media. We have a very varied mix of judges – there were people from the media, from performing arts, from the corporate sector. All in all a very robust kind of transparent process.
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