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.
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.
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.
9X finally finds a suitor, newspapers hike cover price, pitch fees become mandatory, unpublished work allowed to compete in Abby, channels fight carriage fees, DAVP hikes permanent, news to be aired on FM radio, Times shuts Medianet, Lowe sends entries for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.
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.
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.
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.
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.