While it was not exactly Annus Horribles for the broadcast industry, the going has been definitely tough in 2008. Drawing flak for its coverage of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, weighed down by issues relating to Content Code and self-regulation, news channels are hoping for a better 2009 with an equal mix of optimism and caution.
exchange4media spoke to some news channel heads to find out about their resolutions for the New Year.
Ashutosh, Managing Editor, IBN 7, observed, “The industry is going through its first serious crisis, which will define in which direction it will move and what shape it will take, what will be its internal base structure and also super structure and also its inner mechanism. This crisis will make or break many channels and networks. As an editor, my resolve will be to weather this crisis, consolidate our position and set the tone and team for the after-crisis scenario.”
Barun Das, CEO, Zee News Ltd, said, “We embark into 2009 in the backdrop of some somber memories. The monumental crisis at the Gateway of India, which I personally see as an undated tragic pause in time, has also brought the entire nation together. And, therefore, this New Year comes with a sense of optimism, a united sense of purpose, which will perhaps lead us on to explore what we can do, and will do, to change the way we live.”
He further said, “As a pioneer news organisation, with a role in shaping not only democratic opinion but also action, we would continue to move forward. Informing and empowering at the same time, we will engage ourselves with a series of initiatives to unite the nation.”
G Krishnan, CEO, TV Today Network, said, “Every year I have the same resolution – that the organisation should continue to raise the bar in the television news space. So far, every year the resolution has come true and I don’t think 2009 will be any different.”
Vinod Kapri, Managing Editor, India TV, informed, “2009 will see India TV with a new look and new feel. Towards the end of 2008, news channels have been under attack for the coverage of the Mumbai terror attacks. In the coming year, our resolve is to strengthen the credibility of news channels. In 2009, India TV’s news content will speak for itself.”
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