Top Story

Home >> Media-TV >> Article

BBC stresses on accuracy, citing example of war journalism

25-August-2005
Font Size   16
BBC stresses on accuracy, citing example of war journalism

BBC World is increasing its focus on the Indian market and a prominent step in this direction is the channel’s initiatives around its recent special – ‘Jeremy Bowen on The Front Line’, which airs in India on August 27, 2005.

Concentrating on the need to be accurate, BBC News South Asia Bureau Editor, Paul Danahar remarked, “It is better to be second than be wrong.”

Addressing a gathering, Danahar presented a point of view on the present dynamics of the Indian news media scene. “In India, news is still a very nascent genre. Television news is not as experienced as print is in the country and there are cases where even people fresh from college get an opportunity to go in front of the camera. In the process, at times accuracy is compromised in order to beat local competition, and the coverage of the Mumbai blasts is an example here,” he pointed out.

Delving some more on news coverage, Danahar explained that a critical area for any news channel was war coverage and that the BBC special – ‘Jeremy Bowen on The Front Line’ – gave an insight into a war correspondent’s life.

Giving a reason to cover the subject, he sid, “Journalists today have become targets. Earlier, you could put the ‘Press’ tag and go anywhere and you knew you would get that respect, but post 9/11, unfortunately that has changed. People should know the risks that reporters take today, which is far dangerous than it ever was.”

This BBC Special has been brought in association with SkodaAuto India. Elaborating on the tie-up, Imran Hassen, Managing Director, SkodaAuto India, said, “There are two key reasons for participating with BBC World for this special screening, the first and most important one is that programmes like these pass a larger social message towards the lessons to be learnt from a war scenario, and for the fact that SkodaAuto India and BBC World stand for similar values of quality and truth.”

Speaking more on this film, Danahar said, “Jeremy Bowen is one of the BBC’s most experienced correspondents. In this film, he is brutally honest about what motivated him to cover wars, how his motivation changed and what war reporting does to the people who do it for too long. At the end of this film he mentions a conversation he and I had just days before the war in Iraq began. I asked him if he wanted to come to Baghdad. He said ‘no’. What he doesn’t say in the film though is that his wife was six month’s pregnant. He didn’t want to subject her to the stress of not knowing whether her new baby would have a father. It’s often the families of war correspondents who suffer the most. It can take people who cover wars a while to understand that.”

The film throws light on the gory details of war comprising testimonies of war correspondents from various news channels and agencies, who have earned a name over a period of time.

Tags

Varun Raina, Marketing Manager, Airbnb India speaks to exchange4media about the successful #LiveThere campaign and how Bollywood helps them connect with its young consumer

Tim Castree is all praises for his team in India and trusts it to be a result of “an excellent execution of agency’s global strategy” headed by Kartik Sharma

Siddharth Dabhade says Criteo’s technology allows brands to engage with shoppers, create relevant experience on retail apps, thereby driving sales and profits

Shantanu Gangane says OTT platform Viu plans around 20+ originals and is all set to enter the Tamil market with a mix of syndicated and original content

right
left
OFF THE CUFF HAS JOURNALIST ARUN SHOURIE IN CONVERSATION WITH SHEKHAR GUPTA IN MUMBAI IAA HOSTS FIRST INDIAA REGIONAL AWARDS (TELUGU) IN HYDERABAD BREAK THE CEILING TOUCH THE SKY 2018 SEES OVERWHELMING INDUSTRY PARTICIPATION 10TH EDITION OF ABC EUREKA AWARDS IN MUMBAI CELEBRATES WORK OF PARTNER AGENCIES EMINENT JURY PICKS LOUDEST’S 100 MOST POWERFUL INDIAN MUSIC BUSINESS LEADERS MODE LOFT BY SABGROUP LAUNCHES SIGNATURE MENSWEAR POWER DRESSING CLOTHING LINE TOP MARKETERS DISCUSS ART AND SCIENCE OF EFFECTIVE LISTENING @PITCH CMO SUMMIT 2018, DELHI THIRD SEASON OF ‘INDIA’S TOP DIGITAL PLANNERS’ RECOGNIZES EXCELLENCE IN THE DIGITAL INDUSTRY WOMEN ECONOMIC FORUM 2018 SEES DISTINGUISHED GLOBAL PERSONALITIES IN ATTENDANCE PEPPER CREATIVE AWARDS 2018 RECOGNIZE THE BEST IN ADVERTISING IN SOUTH INDIA RADIO CITY’S POWER OF RADIO MEET HOSTS TOP ADVERTISING INDUSTRY LEADERS TOP INDUSTRY PERSONALITIES ATTEND ZOOM-MYNTRA EVENING TO CELEBRATE THEIR PARTNERSHIP LEADING MARKETERS, EXPERTS SHARE INSIGHTS ON DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION @ADOBE SYMPOSIUM IN MUMBAI NICKELODEON TRADE PARTY SEES MARKETING INDUSTRY LEADERS AND THEIR FAMILIES IN ATTENDANCE GOLDEN MIKES RADIO ADVERTISING AWARDS 2018 RECOGNIZE INDUSTRY’S MOST DESERVING ACHIEVERS AIMA MANAGING INDIA AWARDS HONOUR THE BEST IN THE INDUSTRY BW BUSINESSWORLD’S GREAT INDIA DEBATE BRINGS TOGETHER INTELLECTUALS ACROSS INDUSTRY SECTORS BW BUSINESSWORLD SMART CITIES CONCLAVE PATNA 2018 SEES EMINENT INDUSTRY LEADERS IN ATTENDANCE EMINENT JURY PICKS WINNERS OF GOLDEN MIKES RADIO ADVERTISING AWARDS MADDYS 2018 SEE TOP ADVERTISING AND MARKETING INDUSTRY LEADERS IN ATTENDANCE

Bharti-Airtel issued a statement claiming the apex court dismissed Jio’s petition granting Airtel a partial reprieve over its IPL advertising campaign

Hareesh Tibrewala explains how Block Chain technology can help monetize your digital footprint, as per your own rules, instead of a 3rd party doing it

Kavinder Singh talks about the brand’s advertising and marketing strategy and tells us how it has has played an integral role in the rise in its standalone net profit to Rs 38.55 crore