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Mixed Media:  Consuming news without the papers and channels, and happily so

Newspapers and news channels need to reinvent themselves, writes Pradyuman Maheshwari as he managed to survive without consuming them for over a week, yet keeping himself adequately informed in the period.

Pradyuman Maheshwari Sep 14, 2009 8:00 AM

Mixed Media:  Why can’t critics take the criticism (and hence why the news media deserves regulation)

While news channels and papers don’t think twice about damning governments, politicians and entertainers for a bad job, they get offensive when appraised, rues Pradyuman Maheshwari.

Pradyuman Maheshwari Sep 7, 2009 8:25 AM

Colors new arsenal: Amitabh Bachchan to turn ‘pop philosopher’ on Bigg Boss 3

In a bid to be the undisputed number uno Hindi GEC, Viacom 18’s Colors has launched an all-new offensive: megastar Amitabh Bachchan is roped in to turn pop philosopher with Season 3 of reality show ‘Bigg Boss’. CEO Rajesh Kamat tight-lipped on ad rates premium and marketing budgets.

Pradyuman Maheshwari Sep 5, 2009 8:42 AM

Mixed Media:  Who decides what makes for news?

Media owners and editors needn’t get defensive about dumbing down their newspapers and channels. For, current affairs can be as much of an insight into what’s happening in politics and government as it is with the latest on how a Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor are doing, writes Pradyuman Maheshwari.

Pradyuman Maheshwari Aug 31, 2009 7:45 AM

Mixed Media:  Five things that news television must deal with pronto

As all stakeholders get set for NewsNext 2009, Pradyuman Maheshwari lists the key issues that the news television industry must grapple with to survive and thrive.

Pradyuman Maheshwari Aug 24, 2009 8:11 AM

Mixed Media: Are Indian journalists really free to write whatever they want to?

Although our democratic institutions ensure that we have a free press, business and personal interests of stakeholders impact the news media from practicing what it preaches, writes Pradyuman Maheshwari.

Pradyuman Maheshwari Aug 17, 2009 8:31 AM

Mixed Media: Worry, worry! Press Council chief wants Commission to study electronic media functioning

Just when one thought that the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting under Ambika Soni was being very progressive in its outlook on broadcast content, yesterday’s statement by Justice GN Ray, Chairman of the quasi-judicial Press Council of India, that television tends to sensationalise news is worrying, writes Pradyuman Maheshwari.

Pradyuman Maheshwari Aug 10, 2009 7:45 AM

Mixed Media: Will Twitter kill the newspaper star?

‘Wired’ Editor-in-Chief and writer Chris Anderson’s assertion that newspapers and news journalists will fade away thanks to the likes of the Twitter may not be entirely untrue, writes Pradyuman Maheshwari.

Pradyuman Maheshwari Aug 3, 2009 8:11 AM

Mixed Media:  What ails journalism education in India

Media education in India needs some fresh thinking if it has to produce highly skilled, job-ready journalists, who can move across media, writes Pradyuman Maheshwari.

Pradyuman Maheshwari Jul 27, 2009 7:46 AM

Comment: Government! Leave those channels alone

While it’s okay for an MP to raise issues about the content on television channels, the Government must show restraint and not attempt to police the media, feels Pradyuman Maheshwari.

Pradyuman Maheshwari Jul 23, 2009 9:42 AM

Mixed Media: Star Plus’ ‘Sach ka Saamna’: Colors celebrates first anniv

‘Sach Ka Saamna’ indicates the Star India leadership’s willingness to experiment and innovate their primetime programming, writes Pradyuman Maheshwari. But not before Star Plus and the other GECs ‘faced the truth’ when Colors launched last year and broke the rules.

Pradyuman Maheshwari Jul 20, 2009 8:35 AM

Mixed Media: Madam Minister is making the right moves… so far!

The first 40-odd days of Ambika Soni as Minister of Information and Broadcasting have been excellent, writes Pradyuman Maheshwari. She’s made no tall promises and has been making the right statements… like her views on regulation of news channels and the use of child artistes on television shows.

Pradyuman Maheshwari Jul 13, 2009 8:40 AM

Mixed Media: Do Indian newspapers need to worry about their future?

Should Indian newspapers be worried about their future? Yes, writes Pradyuman Maheshwari, if they continue to treat online media with disdain. While print in India will not face the same problems in the near future as they do in the US, rapid developments in cellphone technology and democratisation of the space, thanks to Twitter and blogs, necessitate that newspaper professionals embrace the Web.

Pradyuman Maheshwari Jul 6, 2009 7:58 AM

Mixed Media:  Social media rules, and how!

Don’t embrace the social media and you will stay disconnected with your consumers! That was the take-out from the just-concluded Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival, writes Pradyuman Maheshwari.

Pradyuman Maheshwari Jun 29, 2009 10:01 AM

We hope to earn revenues from this year, says Twitter co-founder Biz Stone

The world’s biggest modern-day mystery is about to get solved. Doomsayers wondering how microblogging service Twitter is ever going to earn revenues have reason to be relieved. For, Biz Stone, a Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur who co-founded Twitter in 2006, and was speaking at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival, thinks he has found the magic potion.

Pradyuman Maheshwari Jun 23, 2009 7:37 AM

@Cannes09: Is Indian PR not up to the mark?

<i>Bambaiyya</i> Hindi, one would’ve said <i>Izzat ka ho gaya royal falooda</i>. But for our big and prosperous PR industry, or at least for observers like yours truly, it’s kind-of the same as India not reaching the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup.

Pradyuman Maheshwari Jun 22, 2009 7:40 AM

Mixed Media: ET gets a Code of Conduct. Hip, hip, hurray!

Ahead of the launch of its television avatar, the Economic Times launched a Code of Conduct last week. This, writes Pradyuman Maheshwari, augurs well for Indian journalism and is possibly an indicator that the times are surely a-changin’ at the Times.

Pradyuman Maheshwari Jun 22, 2009 7:32 AM

Mixed Media: Media-friendly Budget is a must for a stronger India

The Union Budget on July 3 should abolish all duties on computers, telephony, cables etc in order to build a strong and affordable information infrastructure. Online and social media are as vital as print and electronic, writes Pradyuman Maheshwari

Pradyuman Maheshwari Jun 15, 2009 7:26 AM

Mixed Media: Should ads on Page 1 of a newspaper be a no-no?

Did newspapers sell their souls by allowing a Reliance GSM ad to occupy more than half of their front page? Perhaps not, as innovations don’t really devalue editorial space, writes Pradyuman Maheshwari.

Pradyuman Maheshwari Jun 8, 2009 8:31 AM

Mixed Media: Wanted, a social media-friendly I&B Ministry

Given the growth of platforms like Facebook and Twitter, it would’ve been good to have a socially networked Information and Broadcasting Minister, writes Pradyuman Maheshwari.

Pradyuman Maheshwari Jun 1, 2009 8:03 AM