For conscientious media houses, these are testing times: Sudhir Chaudhary
Editor in Chief of Zee News, Zee Business and Wion, Chaudhary was in conversation with Kailashnath Adhikari, MD, Governance Now, during the 13th episode of Visionary Talk Series
News profession is organic in nature and requires responsibility and discipline and there is no room for mistake. To maintain high standards of accuracy you need discipline and hygiene in newsroom.
Editor in Chief of Zee News, Zee Business and Wion, Sudhir Chaudhary has said that TRP driven business model of Television has led to lack of discipline and responsibility in newsrooms.
“Unfortunately these days the more irresponsible you are more TRP’s you will get. For conscientious media houses these are testing times and need patience. Chaudhary was in a live conversation with Kailashnath Adhikari, MD, Governance Now, during the 13th episode of Visionary Talk Series held by the public policy and governance analysis platform.
Blaming the flawed business model of news TV, the veteran news editor said it does not allow investment beyond a certain limit. “A news organization is running a business, yet in our country, people consider it free commodity and unlike entertainment do not want to pay for it.” He likened the TV channel editor to a film producer where the fate of box office is decided every Thursday and said that you are compelled to think of success formulas.
Chaudhary also came down on journalism of appeasement and said that for 60-70 years there was Padmashree type of journalism in our country when different governments have obliged journalists and media houses in various ways offering different types of grants like plots of land, houses and awards.
“If I support and talk about good work of the government instead of considering me the govt's spokesperson you have to check if there a hidden benefit or underhand dealing with the govt or if the govt is trying to get benefit out of me. You have to see if such people have taken benefits from the government or if there is an underhand dealing between a journalist or media house and the govt. If that is not the case questions should not be raised” said Chaudhary.
‘In earlier days journalism was considered a good platform to gain access to power and the governments would oblige their favoured journalists. Such people would feed pro-government news and become parliamentarians, ministers, get a Rajya Sabha seat and even a Padmashree. Bigger the award, more respect a journalist would get. Slowly journalists started influencing transfers, postings, allocation of cabinet berths, creating alliances for political parties and becoming a bridge between government and corporate. We have accepted this for 6-7 decades. Instead, if these journalists had given a thought of empowering their readers we would not be doing that work today ’’ said Chaudhary.For more updates, be socially connected with us on
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