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Mixed Media: Is the GoaFest only about booze and the beach?

Unless care is taken to leakproof the creative Abby and get some really hot speakers, GoaFest 2010 will be yet another 'paid holiday' for adlanders, writes Pradyuman Maheshwari.

Pradyuman Maheshwari Feb 23, 2010 7:14 AM

Mixed Media: Will someone ask Amitabh Bachchan to keep a check on what he blogs

Amitabh Bachchan spews venom at India Today Executive Editor Kaveree Bamzai on his blog and rues that his criticism would lead her magazine and channel Headlines Today to turn against him. Guess someone needs to advise the megastar to be restrained in his posts, writes Pradyuman Maheshwari. A free-to-access blog is open for public view, and he is legally liable for all that he writes.

Pradyuman Maheshwari Feb 16, 2010 7:22 AM

Mixed Media: How our media can ensure a bright future with low-cost computers

It’s vital for the Indian media to evangelise Nicholas Negroponte’s ‘One laptop per child’ and push for incentives to promote Internet usage, as these will help increase media consumption, writes Pradyuman Maheshwari.

Pradyuman Maheshwari Feb 9, 2010 6:57 AM

Mixed Media: Why I wasn’t surprised that Suresh Mullick wasn’t accorded credit for ‘Phir Mile Sur’

Not giving credit in the sequel to the man who conceived the original is symptomatic of an industry that’s known to treat intellectual property casually, writes Pradyuman Maheshwari.

Pradyuman Maheshwari Feb 2, 2010 7:20 AM

Mixed Media: Why this caste system in allowing foreign investment in broadcast?

The TRAI consultation paper on foreign investment in the broadcasting sector has raised the issue of the limit of international stake in non-entertainment television and radio. However, what’s needed is a sea change in approach, writes Pradyuman Maheshwari.

Pradyuman Maheshwari Jan 19, 2010 7:25 AM

Mixed Media:  What must a news channel do: save a person’s life or show apathy of people around him?

Last Friday’s incident of a Tamil Nadu police sub-inspector crying for help as he was injured and two ministers on the spot doing precious little has led to a debate on what should the cameraperson capturing the incident have done: save the cop’s life or go on filming. There is need for the media to do a soul search on the issue, writes Pradyuman Maheshwari.

Pradyuman Maheshwari Jan 12, 2010 7:22 AM

Mixed Media:  Worry #1 on Day 5 of 2010: will ‘Aman Ki Asha’ force Times Now to go soft on Pakistan...

Will Aman Ki Asha force Times Now to go soft on Pakistan, will YRF TV work for Sony, why does our film industry not respect intellectual property well enough, will the Editors Guild initiative on paid news work and will mobile transaction get due patronage… some of the questions that worry Pradyuman Maheshwari on Day 5 of the new year and decade.

Pradyuman Maheshwari Jan 5, 2010 8:03 AM

Goodbye 2009; Hello and a happy New Year! – Pradyuman Maheshwari

It’s the start of New Year and a new decade. The mood’s tentative and there’s make-believe optimism. But, the only way we can drive away the gloom is by staying upbeat and work horribly hard, writes Pradyuman Maheshwari.

Pradyuman Maheshwari Jan 1, 2010 8:59 AM

Mixed Media: Top 10 Media Stories of the Decade

It’s the last week of the calendar year as also of this decade, and although most of these exercises are purely academic, they do offer an opportunity to reflect on events and issues. Having highlighted the highs and lows of the year, here are Pradyuman Maheshwari’s top stories of the decade: 2000-2010. Plus a pop forecast under ‘looking forward’.

Pradyuman Maheshwari Dec 29, 2009 7:59 AM

Mixed Media: Highs & Lows of 2009

With just 10 days in the 2009 before we move to 2010, Pradyuman Maheshwari offers his list of 10 highs and 10 lows of the year that has been.

Pradyuman Maheshwari Dec 22, 2009 8:01 AM

Mixed Media: The media’s double standards… where copyright is the right to copy

It’s vital for a sector that asks for fairplay on controversial copyright amendments also learns to stop using pirated wares, writes Pradyuman Maheshwari.

Pradyuman Maheshwari Dec 15, 2009 7:51 AM

Mixed Media: NDTV Imagine treads on tricky territory with show on past life regression

While the inaugural episode should see NDTV Imagine generate ratings, ‘Raaz Pichhle Janam Ka’ with Ravi Kissen as anchor could irk the Government, writes Pradyuman Maheshwari.

Pradyuman Maheshwari Dec 8, 2009 7:25 AM

Mixed Media: Welcome to India! Welcome to the country where news is also available at a price!

Paid news, courtesy individuals, corporate and politicians, is liberating. It gives power to the people, thereby ensuring that publication of news isn’t just the preserve of editors, muses Pradyuman Maheshwari.

Pradyuman Maheshwari Dec 1, 2009 8:01 AM

Mixed Media:  Any lessons learnt a year after 26/11?

November 26 marks the first anniversary of the Mumbai terror siege. While there was outrage over what the terrorists did, after the crisis blew over, much venom was directed at the media coverage. Pradyuman Maheshwari reviews the points of discord.

Pradyuman Maheshwari Nov 24, 2009 9:08 AM

Mixed Media: Does any one care about news on radio?

The I&B Minister’s indicator that news will be allowed on private FM as long as it is sourced from All India Radio will do little to grow the medium, rues Pradyuman Maheshwari.

Pradyuman Maheshwari Nov 10, 2009 7:55 AM

Mixed Media:  Jai ho! Long live magazines!

Not all is lost for the world of magazines, writes Pradyuman Maheshwari, on the eve of the Indian Magazine Congress 2009. There are enough reasons for them to prosper and thrive in a world dominated by newspapers, television and the Web.

Pradyuman Maheshwari Nov 3, 2009 8:22 AM

Mixed Media: Right time to be in journalism in India? Perhaps not

Is this the right time to be in the news business and is it a good idea to take it up as a career? Not in the way many of our news enterprises conduct themselves currently, introspects Pradyuman Maheshwari.

Pradyuman Maheshwari Oct 27, 2009 7:48 AM

Mixed Media: So will Diwali 2009 put an end to the current state of diwala in the Indian media?

It’s been a year since the slowdown struck Indian media, but there is little hope for cheer, writes Pradyuman Maheshwari, as he hums the lyrics of the film ‘Paigham’s song: ‘Kaise Diwali manaayein hum Lala, Apna toh barah mahine Diwala!’

Pradyuman Maheshwari Oct 12, 2009 8:11 AM

Mixed Media: So many Sunday papers, so little to read

Or so tweeted Rajdeep Sardesai and Barkha Dutt on the current crop of the Sunday newspapers. While it’s too early to predict whether The Times of India’s new weekend paper Crest will do well, it was clearly not a case of love at first sight with the paper, writes Pradyuman Maheshwari.

Pradyuman Maheshwari Oct 5, 2009 7:05 AM

Mixed Media:  Holy cow! Minister in world’s largest democracy gets rapped for wisecrack tweet

That Congress leaders asking for the sack of Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor for a controversial tweet is unfortunate. While statements on public forums like Twitter and social networks are liable for scrutiny, it’s important for political parties to be democratic and allow for a free exchange of views, writes Pradyuman Maheshwari.

Pradyuman Maheshwari Sep 22, 2009 8:48 AM