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Mixed Media: Ten tasks for the new I&B Minister

The new Information and Broadcasting Minister must ensure that the Government doesn’t meddle with the media, writes Pradyuman Maheshwari in this wishlist for the soon-to-be-appointed boss of the media.

Pradyuman Maheshwari May 25, 2009 8:51 AM

Mixed Media: Time for news channels to get their act together on self-regulation

Since the UPA Government wanted a friendly media, it didn’t push for regulation of news channels before the elections. But now that the Congress has emerged stronger, news channels must get their act together to ward off any fresh threat of controls, writes Pradyuman Maheshwari.

Pradyuman Maheshwari May 18, 2009 8:57 AM

Mixed Media: So who have been the News Channel No. 1s in Elections 2009?

Election results are still a week away, but there are clear winners of Election News 2009 on our news channels, writes Pradyuman Maheshwari, as he picks his #1s from among the national Hindi and English news channels.

Pradyuman Maheshwari May 11, 2009 7:54 AM

Mixed Media: Is the news media really free to report the truth?

On World Press Freedom Day yesterday, more than issues concerning violent attacks or government interference, it’s a worry to see some private enterprises and individuals coercing media owners to buckle under, writes Pradyuman Maheshwari.

Pradyuman Maheshwari May 4, 2009 8:02 AM

Mixed Media: 10 issues that make me wonder why...

Why was the media quiet about a business journalist named in last week’s SEBI order on a forged letter case… should the NBA get rid of the redressal body… why mainstream journalists continue to treat bloggers with disdain… some of the questions that have left Pradyuman Maheshwari wondering.

Pradyuman Maheshwari Apr 27, 2009 7:53 AM

Mixed Media: Did Star Plus’ complacency make Colors the new GEC star?

Media leaders that take consumers for granted and don’t reinvent themselves are bound to take a beating like Star Plus did last week, writes Pradyuman Maheshwari.

Pradyuman Maheshwari Apr 20, 2009 9:00 AM

Mixed Media: The week in Facebook status tags

Surprised that HT tied up with Google, hangs his head in shame when Jarnail flung a shoe at P Chidambaram, worried as India TV quits NBA… some of Pradyuman Maheshwari’s sentiments that were never updated as status messages on Facebook.

Pradyuman Maheshwari Apr 13, 2009 8:01 AM

Mixed Media: And now, The Goafies

Presenting the Mixed Media Goafies, a tongue-in-cheek honours list of some of the highlights of the just-concluded GoaFest 2009 from Pradyuman Maheshwari.

Pradyuman Maheshwari Apr 6, 2009 8:06 AM

Comment: Abby leak – Time for someone to take responsibility

It has happened again. A few results of the Creative Abby have been leaked and the reports have appeared in a prominent pink daily. The obvious attempt is to make sure that the Abby is disgraced and loses its sheen, says Pradyuman Maheshwari even as he suggests a few steps to curb this menace.

Pradyuman Maheshwari Apr 1, 2009 8:13 AM

Mixed Media: 10 April Fool headlines I wish would turn out to be true

9X finally finds a suitor, newspapers hike cover price, pitch fees become mandatory, unpublished work allowed to compete in Abby, channels fight carriage fees, DAVP hikes permanent, news to be aired on FM radio, Times shuts Medianet, Lowe sends entries for Abby and salaries back to 2009 levels… some of the prank news headlines Pradyuman Maheshwari wishes would happen.

Pradyuman Maheshwari Mar 30, 2009 8:05 AM

Mixed Media: Should media companies axe jobs, cut salaries?

Should profit-making companies like Bennett, Coleman & Co Ltd trim workforce and cut salaries due to two bad quarters? Not many think it’s cool for an otherwise prosperous media to do so, writes Pradyuman Maheshwari.

Pradyuman Maheshwari Mar 23, 2009 8:14 AM

Mixed Media: What went wrong at INX?

As per Hindu mythology, Holi marks the triumph of good over evil. Ironically, that’s when Indrani and Peter Mukerjea announced their exit from INX. The channel suffered from bad staff selection, monies being incorrectly spent or overspent, and a general disdain for good corporate practices, writes Pradyuman Maheshwari.

Pradyuman Maheshwari Mar 16, 2009 9:04 AM

Mixed Media: Events through the media lens

I have never watched so much television as I did last week. A quick view on events of the last week – Real’s ‘fair’ launch, the announcement of the general elections; the Lahore terror strike; the Colors-Star Plus race for the No. 1 GEC spot; and staff exits in the media – it was a ‘happening’ week indeed.

Pradyuman Maheshwari Mar 9, 2009 8:17 AM

Comment: GRPs ke liye kuchh bhi karega!

When Colors CEO Rajesh Kamat and Programming Head Ashwini Yardi revealed their new programming line-up to the media last month, they were less than 50 GRPs away from Star Plus. So, when I got the news that it had notched just 0.9 points lesser than Star Plus, I was disappointed, says Pradyuman Maheshwari.

Pradyuman Maheshwari Mar 5, 2009 7:59 AM

Mixed Media:  MIB & TRAI get hyperactive before poll code of conduct gets active

The Government was on overdrive last week with the I&B Minister and/or the Regulator making announcements on each day, notes Pradyuman Maheshwari. With the Election Commission due to announce poll dates any day, the ministers and the bureaucracy are on an overdrive to let key decisions be passed.

Pradyuman Maheshwari Mar 2, 2009 6:52 AM

Mixed Media:  RIP Amita Malik – First Lady of media writing in India

She joined All India Radio as a permanent employee in 1946 and was among the country’s best known film and television critics. Pradyuman Maheshwari pays tribute to Amita Malik, the First Lady of media writing in India. She passed away last Friday at age 87.

Pradyuman Maheshwari Feb 23, 2009 6:47 AM

Mixed Media:  Effect layoffs if you must, but with care

Layoffs and salary cuts may be the only way media companies can survive, but owners and top bosses must affect them with care, writes Pradyuman Maheshwari

Pradyuman Maheshwari Feb 16, 2009 7:08 AM

Mixed Media:  Why the Government mustn’t bail out the print media

The Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting has promised the print media a stimulus to beat the slowdown. But before offering tax payer monies by way of sops, the Government must impose a pre-condition, writes Pradyuman Maheshwari.

Pradyuman Maheshwari Feb 9, 2009 6:52 AM

Mixed Media:  Why Facebookers and bloggers love to hate Barkha Dutt

There is much hate against Barkha Dutt and NDTV for getting a blogger to apologise and delete a disparaging post. But should Barkha Dutt be taken off air? Of course not, says Pradyuman Maheshwari.

Pradyuman Maheshwari Feb 2, 2009 6:48 AM

Mixed Media: Does the media need to prove its patriotism this R-Day?

It is incorrect to question the Indian media’s patriotism given the coverage of the Mumbai siege by news channels, writes Pradyuman Maheshwari.

Pradyuman Maheshwari Jan 26, 2009 7:16 AM