After Libya, give me BBC Radio anyday

Fair enough. If the US, Britain and France are at war, say, in Libya, who am I to object to their journalists becoming drumbeaters. The problem arises when that customized coverage becomes the only source of information for the intellectually colonized world.

Controversy over cash-for-votes sting

If Tehelka, on leads that there was corruption in defence industry, can entrap political leaders and army officials by bribing them with cash (even prostitutes), then what is wrong with a political party planning a sting operation with a TV channel.

Why news isn’t a pair of Levis

In India, we have this ridiculous tendency to paint most international news stories with a desi brush. From NASA space missions to Egyptian protests to insider trading cases; it’s horrendous to read stories that begin with the headline “NRI man,” “Indian-origin woman.” That’s a spin that doesn’t need highlighting the way it is.

CWG, Kalmadi, Indian Media and Paid News

A leading English newspaper sent a proposal to Kalmadi for positive coverage of the CWG in November 2009. The entire deal was worth Rs 12.19 crore. The media group wanted an "Official Newspaper" status for its flagship newspaper. The proposal stated: "We do not solicit any financial assistance from CWG for the above activities apart from the regular advertising support for encouragement."

PCI’s final report on “paid news” a sham?

The final report of the PCI is so watered down that if one compares it with the draft report, the extent of corruption in the media itself gets exposed. The most notable difference between the two reports is that while the draft report listed specific instances of paid news with the names of media publications, the final report does not mention even a single name. This, at a time when the entire Indian media is going all-out against the corruption in the Commonwealth Games 2010.

Peepli Live: A brilliant farce on India, its Politics, Media and People

Peepli Live (a pun on ‘People Live’) is not fiction, but a mirror to our disgusting society, politics, government, media and each one of us. It stamps a hard slap at the bloated sense of existence of each. And like a good satire, it is filled with brilliant observations like the contrast between an obnoxious Hindi media and the uncaring, elite English media.

Exclusive: PCI report on “paid news” slams corrupt media

The "paid news" phenomenon has left the parliamentarians of the country worried with senior MPs and even Vice President of India and Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari expressing concern over the malpractice. Infact, a lot of politicians across party lines have suggested that exchanging money for "paid news" should be declared as a corrupt practice. The report, Paid News: How corruption in the Indian media undermines democracy, was prepared by a two member sub-committee of the PCI.

This, is “News”

Yes it’s a trade; it’s always been one. All it has done is metamorphosed from the practice of a skill to the far more realistic you-scratch-my-back-and-I-scratch-yours stage. Nah, that’s a dirty phrase. It just trivializes the effort that goes into sustaining the mystic of morality while manufacturing opinion.

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