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Modi Sarkar and the public broadcaster

How this government jettisoned fanciful notions of autonomy, and converted a failed broadcaster into a winning platform.   [ continue reading...]

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Baahubali critics, get a grip, please

Critics who have got their knickers in a twist over the film betray their ignorance and expose the poverty of cinema commentary,   [ continue reading...]

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Roger Ailes and the Fox News disclosure

If Fox chose to disclose that it paid $45 million over nine months to settle sexual harassment claims, including those against Ailes, it had good business reaso...   [ continue reading...]

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NBA vs Republic TV —Pot calling the kettle…?

Republic TV’s entry, its over-the-top first week ratings, and its alleged manipulation of distribution expose the weaknesses of a system where the ratin...   [ continue reading...]

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Remembering Ramamohan Rao

PIO to four prime ministers whom he was powerful enough to influence, he was also always available to the juniormost reporters.   [ continue reading...]

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Maharashtra’s new law: high only on political symbolism

While the press protection law signals to police and prosecutors that protecting journalists is high on the political agenda, it dilutes protections they alr...   [ continue reading...]

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PDP govt circumvents its own social media ban

Two weeks into the ban, the question to ask is whether the situation has improved and whether protests in Kashmir have abated.   [ continue reading...]

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Network 18 Part 1--Beginning with a bang...

The saga of a media group that has had, in the last decade or so, more ups and downs than a roller coaster in an amusement park.   [ continue reading...]

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Network 18 Part II---The restructuring game

Why the promoters acquired control over an obscure non-banking company, pumped cash into it and set it up as the parent company holding investments in the media...   [ continue reading...]

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Network 18 Part IV--- New owner, new broom

The new owner has deep pockets, sees synergy with his mobile empire, and begins the salvage with a Rs 1000 crore write-off.   [ continue reading...]

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Network 18 Part III---Going under

No amount of ‘restructuring’ could turn operations around. Soon a change in management and ownership control became the only feasible course of acti...   [ continue reading...]

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Goswami and Tharoor: Is defamation now toothless?

Arnab Goswami’s wild accusations against Shashi Tharoor show that increasingly the fear of being charged with defamation fails to stop scurrilous attacks....   [ continue reading...]

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Republic TV—out to decimate the opposition?

When the adversarial function of the media is focused on the oppostion, the firepower is grossly disproportionate to their current spheres of influence.   [ continue reading...]

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Growth trends in the Indian print media

Latest data released by ABC on May 8, 2017 highlighted continuing growth of print media, but other data suggests that future growth of print will be slower than...   [ continue reading...]

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The India Freedom Report, January 2016-April 2017

The Hoot’s comprehensive report on free speech issues in India, released on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day.   [ continue reading...]

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Arnab returns

So I got working on getting back to where you can hear me and see me. The universe conspired to make this happen.   [ continue reading...]

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There is another side to the Sukma killings

Without explaining the context, reports on the killing of CRPF jawans in Bastar make little sense except as easy hate-mongering.   [ continue reading...]

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Even the torchbearers of press freedom lose their way

The World Press Freedom Index shows several European countries – model democracies - sliding in the rankings   [ continue reading...]

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India 2016-17: The silencing of journalists

As attacks on journalists rise, so does impunity owing to the politician-police nexus letting the culprits off. Exposing wrongdoing is now very risky.   [ continue reading...]

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The stories that triggered the violence

We analyse the reasons for attacks on journalists and who the perpetrators were for the period January 2016 to April 2017.   [ continue reading...]

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