Indian TV channels going beyond all acceptable limits- T.J.S.George

Inaugurating a State-level workshop on Media—changing times’ organised by the Kerala Press Academy in association with the Calicut Press Club at the Centre for Information and Guidance India (CIGI) in the city on Friday,veteran journalist T.J.S. George said:

It is sad that even the critics of corrupt and unscrupulous tendencies in the media soon became its imitators. The growing greed for revenue is fast institutionalising degeneration in media… The fact that certain media organisations easily succeeded in minimising the importance of an editor in a newspaper and gradually eliminated that very post replacing it with a marketing officer is a clear indicator of were the industry was heading to in the recent times. It is a move that clearly established their zero social responsibility as a media organisation.

The famous editor and columnist also maintained that he was of the view that a regulatory authority for media was essential in the current scenario. He said:

“Self-regulation is not happening and media, especially television channels, are going beyond all acceptable limits.” 

In his column ” Freedom Must Be Earned”  in Outlook magazine George says:

In India’s current situation, the difference between print and visual media cannot be over-emphasised. It’s not just oranges and apples. It’s more like Greek and Mongol civilisations. Print, when it was alone in the field, acquitted itself reasonably well, the black sheep remained identifiable as black sheep. In TV journalism, there is so much muck flying about that black sometimes looks grey while white sometimes looks blue and sometimes like Cheshire cats. 

Read the full column in Outlook: Freedom Must Be Earned

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Mamata, Pawar, Ramesh, Sibal & Selja in que to start channels

After West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed her desire to start her very own television channel and newspaper to ward off the negative publicity that she has been garnering, it looks like there are many other politicians in the fray who wants to utilize the media, the Didi-way.

Similar requests have emerged from several UPA ministers to the government expressing their keenness to start TV channels to make the common man aware of the “ministries’ achievements” and “people friendly policies”. Mamata was the first among the lot who wanted a dedicated channel to propagate her and her party’s views.

Among the ministers who want themselves and their ministries featured on TV are agriculture minister Sharad Pawar, Jairam Ramesh (rural development), Kapil Sibal (HRD) and culture minister Kumari Selja. Sources have been quoted as saying that the ministries were of the view that dedicated channels were required considering the specialised nature of their domains.

The proposals are, however, stuck at the proposal level before the planning commission. The commission is taking it easy for the time being since the cost of setting up each channel would cost close to Rs 200 crore each.

courtesy: OneIndia News

India’s star news channels & Baba

P.N. Vasanti , Director of New Delhi-based multidisciplinary research organization Centre for Media Studies (CMS) writes in liveMint.com: 

A classic example would be the numerous shows featuring Nirmal Baba (alias Nirmaljit Singh Narula) on almost 35 channels, including 15 news channels. Paid slots showing a large number of devotees getting advice and solutions to problems have made this former businessman into a baba reportedly worth crores (a few reports claim an annual turnover of more than Rs.200 crore!)….

….They may find a place on our numerous channels, especially the dozen-odd spirituality channels such as Aastha TV, Sanskar TV, MH1 Shraddha, Sadhna TV, Dharm TV, Paras TV and Sanatan TV. They may even help hold up ratings on a general entertainment channel.

….My issues are twofold. One, these are paid slots and not news or current affairs programmes, so what are they doing on a news channel? Many channels do not even inform the viewer that it’s a paid programme and not produced by their channel. Second, where is the moral and ethical responsibility of any news media in promoting such blind faith and superstition?

…In September 2011, the News Broadcasters Association (NBA) issued an advisory to its 45 member channels “to voluntarily improve the broadcasting standards by desisting from airing such reports (on matters propagating, promoting and advocating superstition, occultism and blind belief)”

….And yet, we see a large number of NBA members such as Star News, Aaj Tak Tez, IBN7, India TV continue to promote and regularly show paid programmes featuring Nirmal Baba, even today.

She also heads the CMS Academy of Communication and Convergence Studies. Read the full column http://www.livemint.com/2012/04/18222552/NEWS-MEDIA-AND-IRRATIONAL-BELI.html?atype=tp

India’s own(ed), Anand Bazar Patrika News

ABP STAR News

The MCCS on Monday announced that its popular Hindi news channel, STAR News, will soon be rechristened as ABP News. Bengali news channel STAR Ananda will be ABP Ananda and the Marathi news channel STAR Majha will be called ABP Majha.

The three 24-hour news channels are owned by the Media Content and Communications Pvt Ltd (MCCS) – a joint venture between the Ananda Bazar Patrika Group and STAR India Pvt Ltd. Both Ananda and Majha are No 1 news channels in their respective markets since inception.

Star India Pvt Ltd and ABP, the principle shareholders, have agreed to discontinue the Star brand affiliation with the MCCS. Going forward Star wishes to focus on building their brand on their core business that is general entertainment.

The core business of the ABP is news and it wishes to promote and establish its own brands in the broadcast news space through its subsidiary company – MCCS. MCCS has sustained its affiliation with Star brand for 8 years and both have benefitted from this association.

In these years the three news channels have evolved into respected market leaders in their segment, which has helped MCCS become a strong and respected company in the broadcast news space.

It has quality resources in its employees and built good equity among its stakeholders – loyal viewers’ base, clients, distributors and vendor partners.

Content on all three channels are managed by some of the finest editors, journalists, anchors and technical professionals who have consistently maintained the highest standards of honest and ethical journalism. They would continue to maintain high standards of news quality, with same integrity, transparency and speed.

Zee News enters Limca Book of Records once again

After the environmental campaign ‘My Earth My Duty’, Zee Newsvoter awareness campaign ‘Aapka Vote Aapki Taaqat’ creates history

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The success of Zee News, the nation’s most trusted news channel, has once more been acknowledged by the Limca Book of Records 2011-12. After its environmental campaign ‘My Earth My Duty’ was listed, the channel will find mention for organizing and executing India’s largest voter awareness campaign ‘Aapka Vote Aapki Taaqat’.

Addressing the issue of decreasing voter percentage as a part of its responsibility as the fourth estate, Zee News rolled out the campaign to sensitize voters about the importance of voting to ensure a responsive, accountable and democratically elected government.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Launched during the Lok Sabha elections in 2009 with exclusive support from the Election Commission of India, the initiative registered phenomenal success. The drive continued to make waves in the Assembly elections of Maharashtra, Haryana, Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar & West Bengal, and the recent 2012 Assembly elections. Consequently, the public service campaign is acknowledged as one of India’s biggest and most credible voter awareness drives.

In an attempt to reach the grassroots of India, given the different cultures and lifestyles, Zee News left no stone unturned. The message was spread not just on TV, but also on Radio, Internet, Mobiles and other conventional mediums covering more than hundred cities and villages. To ensure wider & maximum possible reach, Zee News also brought together various reputed media organizations with just one objective in mind – to turn the world’s biggest democracy into a force to reckon with.

(courtesy: BestMediaInfo )

TV Today scoops a dozen at award do as it is praised for its ‘path-breaking work’

The night of the prestigious National Television Awards, 2012, belonged to the TV Today Network as the group walked away with 12 awards on Wednesday.

The network’s English news channel Headlines Today won seven awards, while the Hindi news channel Aaj Tak got three awards.

Dilli Aaj Tak and Tez, the other Hindi channels of the group, bagged one award each at the glittering awards ceremony that took place at The Lalit hotel, New Delhi. The channel scooped up awards in categories ranging from hard news and investigative journalism to entertainment.

The Headlines Today show, Saas And The City, won the Best Entertainment News Show award for its episode ‘Revisiting Ramayan’, while Denzil O’Connell bagged the Best Entertainment News Anchor award.

The channel also won an award for the Best Use Of Graphics In A Promo.

Aaj Tak won the Best Promo For A Channel award for ‘Badal Gaya India’ and the trophy for Best Current Affairs Programme (Home And International) for Doctoron Ki D-Company.

It also won a special award for the Anna/Lokpal show, which gave an extensive coverage on the Lokpal Bill.

Dilli Aaj Tak won an award for the promos of ‘Aapka Chunnav’ campaign while Tez bagged the trophy for Best Entertainment News Show for its show, Dhoondte Reh Jaoge.

Network18’s proposal to get foreign money for publishing biz deferred

Network18’s proposal to get foreign direct investment (FDI) for publish business has been deferred by the Foreign Investments Promotions Board (FIPB).

The FIPB has also put on hold Cellcast Interactive India’s proposal to set up three non-news and current affairs television channels in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu in India. Recently, Cellcast launched social TV channel, MyTV.

In toto, FIPB has deferred five proposals relating to the Information and Broadcasting sector. Three of these relate to publishing. Apart from Network18 Media & Investment’s proposal, the others include Packt Publishing, Mumbai, to carry out the business of writing, editing, summarising, compiling, printing, publishing, buying, selling, importing, exporting, circulating or otherwise dealing in books publication and any other information or data pertaining to all areas and sectors such as computer and information technology; and Reed Elsevier India to undertake the additional activity relating to the business of publishing and co-publishing (in and outside India), including digital publishing, printing, reprinting, adaptation, article reprinting, repackaging, translation, distribution of scientific, technical, medical, specialty and research journals/magazines/periodicals in any media including print media.

Two proposals relating to television were also deferred. One was from Catvision Limited, Noida, to increase foreign equity participation to carry out the business of manufacture of CATV equipment, selling CATV equipment like dish antenna, other CATV equipment, cables, energy management equipment and repair of apparatus for television transmission, other business services.