Self regulation working?

Hindu has reported-“Set up mechanism to hear plaints about TV content: SC”. The legal corresponded informed-“The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the government to set up, streamline and publicise a complaint redressal mechanism…to deal with citizen’s complaints about content telecast or aired by private TV channels and radio..”. The para four of this news report carries a quote by the bench of Supreme Court-”We cannot ask the (the Centre) to monitor the content of the channels. How can we do that? ..” While Times of India’s Dhananjay Mahapatra has highlighted-”SC: Set up body to look into complaints against channels”. (13 January 2017).

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Indian T V Monitoring 2017

The Race DEbAtE
Most news channels are at some time of the day offer debate on a so called controversial topic of current affairs. However, majority anchors comes unprepared with historical documents- utterly lacking research effort. The cross fire between political ideas often does not present the main street with the idea juice based on historical research, just lung power presentations. (3 November 2017)

Gender Biased
The first day of February 2017; majority television channels have faithfully carried the telecast of annual budget and the post budget dissections with experts. However, what is surprising is drought of female experts. The absolute male dominance raises question about reason for marginalization of females experts, specially in area of social science (read economics)  in India. Zee TV utilised the surroundings of Central park in Connaught Place with all male panel. The only silver lining was presence of female anchors in some channels. But were they all well equipped with research in social sciences, remains a bone of contention. Of the channels scanned till 5:30pm, none raised questions like- why no incentives were provided for organic farming, why no incentives came in for controlling acute pollution- both affect health of the main street. 

Advertising Ethics
Is self regulation working effectively across all private channels? Today, (15 January 2017) in channel- News Nation, a adult category advertisement appeared four times during one hour this afternoon. What will be its impact on children who watched this television channel with their parents on this Sunday afternoon, is anyone's guess?

Remembering Bapu
Today, Rajya Sabha television focused on Rabindranath Tagore in programme- Virasat during 1:30-2:00 pm (15 January 2017). During which, it remembered Mahatma Gandhi and asserted that Tagore was the first person to address Gandhi as Mahatma. While ABP News at 1:35pm highlighted in Hindi-“Gandhi ka chemical locha” and asked questions like- “Bapu desh ke kiye hanikarak hai?” (Is Bapu harmful to nation?). A contrast indeed!


Who Dominates?
Since November last year, demonetisation has dominated the Indian news channels. Some channels like India Today, ABP News showed sting operations. The Minister of Finance, Mr. Arun Jailey, while addressing a Press Conference on 30 December 16 voiced that TV channels should show queues that exist on 30 December 2016, not that existed on 10 November. There was no rebuff from the journalists present in the live Press Conference! Now with the television channels getting a lot of dramatic news regarding feud in a political party, the focus on woes of demonetisation seems to have faded from majority of prime time discussions. A few channels like Times Now did focus on instances of misbehaviour with women in Bangalore. But the bigger issue of women insecurity in India seemed missing. With today’s announcement of elections in many Indian States, again the focus will be on politics till result announcement  in March?

 OPPS- Yesterday, on Lok Sabha television, programme- Kaal Samvad, during a discussion on freedom fighter Gokhale, the photograph shows was that of Bal Gangadhar Tilak! (4 January 2017)

What ails Doordarshan


Amrita Nayak Dutta reported in DNA (19 December 2016) that government is planning to appoint a private firm to revitalise loss making public broadcaster- Doordarshan & bring it par with private television channels. Today (20 December 2016), DD News presented new schedule of popular programmes. Will the new schedule work without content makeover? Team SARCAJC looked at various programes in various television channels related to News from 5:10 pm. ABP News was asking-“Where all cash seized?”. While NDTV carried views of Finance Minister- Arun Jaitley and was accepting that during this demonetisation drive, some employees have misconducted. Taal Thok Ke- a debate was airing in Zee News with Rohit as anchor with 4 debaters- 3 from political parties and one Professor from Punjab University. The topic of discussion was result of Municipal result of Chandigarh elections. The channel calls this show as “Debate’s number one show”. The debate at New 24 featured 6 debaters arguing on -”Whether Shariyat courts should be closed?”. Vineet Malhotra was the anchor in the programme on current issue with 3 participants from political parties. Times Now carried a  special broadcast -“I didn’t vote for this”. India Today showed an advertisement on Black money. CNN News 18, carried breaking news- “Corporate War now legal battle..Mistry moves National Company Law Tribunal”. At 5:30pm, India 24x7 asked-“which actress ruled the year 2016” but with a photograph of Union Minister- Riju! While News X carried under “Crime & City” clip of “Haryana Police Brutality”. While DD National channel educated on how to maintain lemon tree, how to grow mashroom and DD News carried Sports News. Which is more interesting, viewers decide, right?

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