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EGI Dubs Tehelka Sexual Assault Case As shameful

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New Delhi, Nov 22, 2013

The Editors' Guild of India on Thursday said that no attempt should be made to play down the Tehelka sexual assault scandal.

“Such incidents anywhere are condemnable in the strongest terms but the Guild is particularly saddened that they should engulf a media organisation. It is emphatically the philosophy of the Guild that the media that is in the business of holding public persons accountable should itself be held to the highest standards of conduct and decency,” it said.

The statement said that the conduct that has been alleged would constitute grave sexual assault at the very least taking advantage of the authority and power of the perpetrator within the media organisation.

“It also brings out vulnerability of young women journalists who need to be protected and free to pursue their careers without the fear of being subjected to such assaults,” it added.

It further warned that no attempts should be made to cover up or play down this extremely serious incident, and added that stepping down from the job for six months is not a remedy for such a grievous incident.

“Self proclaimed atonement and recusal for a period are hardly the remedies for what the allegations show to be outright criminality. The full force of the law must be brought into its investigation and prosecution. Due regard must be paid to the sensitivity and privacy of the victim who has already been put to grievous suffering,” it added.

Tarun Tejpal Steps Aside as Tehelka editor

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New Delhi, Nov 21, 2013

Tehelka editor Tarun Tejpal on Thursday accepted “misconduct” against a woman journalist and offered to recuse himself from the post and the office for six months.

He described it as "a bad lapse of judgement and an awful misreading of the situation"

In a letter to Managing Editor of Tehelka Shoma Chaudhary, Tejpal said,"The last few days have been most testing, and I squarely take the blame for this. A bad lapse of judgment, an awful misreading of the situation, have led to an unfortunate incident that rails against all we believe in and fight for.

"I have already unconditionally apologised for my misconduct to the concerned journalist, but I feel impelled to atone further. Tehelka has been born and built, day on day, with my blood, toil, tears and sweat, and that of many others, against near-insurmountable odds."

Mr. Tejpal is a founder member of the Tehelka magazine. .

Open's Poli Editor Quits After Row With Management

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New Delhi, Nov 16, 2013

After a row with the management of Open magazine, its Political Hartosh Singh Bal has announced on Twitter that he is stepping down. Recently, two senior editors of The Hindu, Siddharth Vardarajan and MK Venu had also made their resignation announcement on Twitter after the newspaper management, Kasturi & Sons Limited, made some changes at at the helm. Hartosh Singh Bal was served a notice of termination of employment on Wednesday (November 13, 2013). The weekly is published by Open Media Network headed by industrialist Sanjiv Goenka.

Bal tweeted, “Received termination notice from Open today after I refused Rs 15 lakh to move on quietly....Offer culmination of month-long attempts to get me to leave without fuss. Decision imposed by owner Sanjiv Goenka. No reasons cited.”

According to Bal, the magazine's Editor Manu Joseph told him that Goenka wanted him out because his writings and the airing of his views on television had earned the industrialist a number of "enemies" in political circles.

Bal said that his letter of termination offered no reason for the decision, but that the RP – Sanjiv Goenka Group, which owns the magazine, had offered him generous severance pay in exchange for leaving quietly.

He also told a newspaper that his departure had been preceded by the publication of an article sharply critical of both, Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi.

Bal is the co-author, with Gaurav Suri, of ‘A Certain Ambiguity: A Mathematical Novel’.

Government to Ban Paid News During Elections

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New Delhi, Nov 11, 2013

The Centre is planning to bring a legislation to curb issue of ‘paid news’ during elections, in the forthcoming winter session of Parliament starting December 5. The draft Press and Registration of Books Bill mandates that publications found indulging in paid news could face suspension of publication for an indefinite period of time or cancellation of their registration. The bill has widened the definition of a publication to include websites.

In the current state assembly elections, the Election Commission has so far reported seven cases of ‘paid news’ in Chhattisgarh within a week of final electoral notification. Considering seven different news articles published in four local Hindi dailies as ‘paid news’, an Election Commission constituted committee has directed that expenses incurred in publishing these be included in the poll expenditure of the respective political parties.

I&B minister Manish Tewari said, "We have already begun consultations on the draft bill and will try and bring it in the winter session of Parliament."

The publication can appeal within 60 days with the Press and Registration Appellate Board members which can be appealed in the court of law.

The Hindu Sees Another Change at Helm

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Chennai, Oct 22, 2013

Siddharth Varadarajan has quit The Hindu as its Editor. N. Ravi has taken over as Editor-in-Chief, and Malini Parthasarathy as Editor of of the English newspaper. Arun Anant is no longer the Chief Executive Officer of Kasturi & Sons Limited, the company that owns and publishes The Hindu Group of publications. N. Ram has become Chairman of KSL and Publisher of The Hindu and Group publications; and N. Murali, Co-Chairman of the company. These decisions were taken by the Board of Directors of the Company at its meeting on Monday.

In May 2011, the shareholders of KSL held an extraordinary general meeting and appointed Varadarajan as The Hindu’s Editor on the recommendation of the company’s board, thus making Varadarajan the first professional editor of the newspaper in its 150-year history.

According to a press release, the Monday's decision to make deep-going changes was made chiefly on the ground that there were recurrent violations and defiance of the framework of the institution’s longstanding values on the business side, and recurrent violations and defiance of ‘Living Our Values’, the mandatory Code of Editorial Values applicable to The Hindu. The whole effort is to restore employee morale, good industrial relations, and the trust of this newspaper’s more than two million readers.

The existing editorial arrangements for Business Line, Frontline, Sportstar, and The Hindu (Tamil) will continue unchanged and the process of professionalisation, now involving a mix of shareholder-Directors and other professionals, will continue.

International Herald Tribune is Now INYT

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New Delhi, Oct 15, 2013

The International Herald Tribune (IHT) will be now sold under the name-plate “International New York Times” (INYT).

The change is from today (October 15, 2013). International New York Times marks the complete takeover of the IHT by NYT after The Washington Post pulled out of the collaboration a few years ago. The Indian edition of IHT has been published by the Deccan Chronicle out of Hyderabad.

Karan Thapar Wins IPI Journalism Award

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New Delhi, Oct 9, 2013

Karan Thapar, the well-known television journalist, has won the International Press Institute (IPI) India Award for Excellence in Journalism. IPI's India has chosen Thapar "for his sharp interviews on the Devil's Advocate programme on CNN IBN."

The selection was made by a distinguished jury of Editors and Publishers headed by Justice A S Anand, former Chief Justice of India and former Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission. The members of the jury were N. Ravi, Chairman, IPI -India and Director, The Hindu; M.K. Razdan, Editor-in-chief, Press Trust of India; T.N. Ninan, Chairman and Chief Editor, Business Standard, and Riyad Mathew, Senior Assistant Editor, Malayala Manorama.

IPI India had instituted the annual award in 2003 to recognize and honour the best work done by an Indian media organisation or journalist working in print, radio, television and internet mediums, in furtherance of public interest, including safe guarding of freedom of the press and other freedoms such as Human Rights.

The first award for Excellence in Journalism, 2003 was given to Indian Express for its reporting of the Gujarat Riots and its aftermath, and second award for Excellence in Journalism, 2004 for was given to NDTV for its expose of the baby-swapping racket in Hyderabad, and the corruption trail of the Telgi stamp scam..

ABP Group Sells Businessworld to Exchange4media

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New Delhi, Sept 22, 2013

Anurag Batra of Exchange4media and investment banker Vikram Jhunjhunwala, representing a set of investors, have bought ABP Group's business magazine Businessworld for an undisclosed sum.

Launched in 1981, Businessworld was recently turned from weekly to a fortnightly. It competes with three other business magazines brought out by different media groups — Business Today, Outlook Business and Business India. Exchange4media was set up in 2000 to cater to the marketing, advertising and media sector.

The company’s portfolio includes magazines -- Pitch, Impact, FranchisePlus, Realty Plus -- and web portal Earlier, Jhunjhunwala was managing director, FiNoble Advisors Pvt Ltd.

All India Radio Launches Free SMS News Service

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New Delhi, Sept 12, 2013

All India Radio has launched a free SMS service to provide news updates to its subscribers. The service was launched by Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari on Monday. After subscription, AIR will send free messages with news and even public utility messages.

To subscribe, one should SMS ‘AIRNEWS’ <space> ‘their name’ to 08082080820 or give a missed call to the mentioned number.

HC Dismisses PIL Seeking Tab on Journalism Courses

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New Delhi, Sept 9, 2013

The Allahabad High Court on Thursday dismissed a PIL seeking monitoring of journalism courses and subsequent registration of journalists before they are considered for jobs.

The PIL demanded a law governing media courses and award of degrees and subsequent registration of those successfully completing the course.

It was argued that only then 'a meaningful identity' would be created for journalists and they could be recognised for the purpose of jobs.

The court said: "The views noted above are only one side of the coin. The other side of the coin may require journalists not to be controlled by governmental regulations. Different professions require different environments to simply make professional service meaningful. This writ petition has been filed on the premises that profession of journalism is similar to that of a doctor or lawyer. There is enough scope to have different views on this matter.''

The court said the matter did not require court intervention.

The PIL was filed by Saksham Dwivedi, Akash Dwivedi and four others, all students of journalism and law in various institutes. Press Council of India (PCI), through its Chairman, had been made the respondent in the PIL.

PCI Chairman Justice Markandey Katju had instituted a three-member committee in March to suggest minimum standards for a journalist.

Blossom Media Launches English Tabloid ‘Muallim'

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New Delhi, Sept 6, 2013

Blossom Media, a Mumbai-based research and media firm on emerging Muslim consumer market, has rolled out an issue-based tabloid ‘Muallim’, targetted at Muslim readers. The 24-page tabloid is being distributed for free in Mumbai and its suburbs.

Blossom Media recently entered the publishing business with a monthly magazine on Muslim lifestyle, titled ‘Muallim’.

According to Ubaidur-Rahman Khan, Editor-in-Chief, Muallim, the tabloid comes under the name ‘Muallim’, but a subtitle is given to the tabloid based on the content. The first issue was on Muslim women, hence, we gave the subtitle ‘Muslima’, the second issue carried profiles of Muslims who are doing well in the Administration and Government sectors, professionals and so on. So, the subtitle of ‘Achievers’ was given to that issue.

Pink Slips flying Over Media Industry

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New Delhi, Sept 2, 2013

First it was TV18,then Outlook group and now Bloomberg TV India.Recently, many journalists, including some senior anchors, have been shown the doors. Last Friday, Bloomberg TV India sacked more than 30 people which included directors, camera persons, editors, producers and an anchor.

TV18 Broadcast that runs CNN-IBN, IBN7 and CNBC-TV18 news channels among others, had laid off around 300 employees last month. It sacked people across levels and a few very senior journalists had also been asked to go

It has been reported in media last week that Outlook group had also asked ten staffers, mostly journalists, to quit as Outlook Business and Outlook Money are merging. Outlook group has recently discontinued its licensing arrangements with People, Geo and Marie Claire magazines. This has resulted in several staffers--journalists and those in advertising, marketing and circulation across the country -- losing their jobs.

A few months back Times Group had stopped its weekly newspaper Crest, while India’s second oldest business magazine, Businessworld from the Anand Bazaar Patrika group, has reverted to a fortnightly.It became weekly in 1999. Industry observers feel these developments have created a level of job insecurity among journalists.

Manish Tewari Suggests Licence For Journalists

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New Delhi, Aug 21, 2013

Information and broadcasting minister Manish Tewari on Monday suggested a system of licencing for journalists to ensure certain minimum standards are followed by the news profession. “Like you have a bar exam, like you have a medical exam or exams which are conducted by other professional bodies, which then issue a license, which enables you to pursue your profession,” Tewari said at a conference organized by Delhi-based Centre for Media Studies.

Tewari said there were good institutions to train journalists, but there were also “fly-by-night” operators in the media eduction sector. He said professionals from diverse fields would not resent the idea of a common exam.

“It would bring a certain amount of standardisation across the media space,” Tewari said. In March, the Press Council of India chairman Markandey Katju, a retired Supreme Court judge, said that there should be a minimum qualification for journalists mandated by the law.

TV18 Broadcast Lays Off 300 Employees

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New Delhi, Aug 19, 2013

TV18 Broadcast that runs CNN-IBN, IBN7 and CNBC-TV18 news channels among others, has laid off around 300 employees, said a newspaper report on Saturday.

The report, quoting sources aware of the developments, said the layoffs are part of a large-scale restructuring plan that includes integration of newsrooms and cost-cutting aimed at driving operational efficiency. The report said around 300 employees across newsrooms and technical teams have lost their jobs. Among those who have been laid off include senior journalists and anchors.

“People have been sacked across levels. A few very senior journalists have also been asked to go,” said the report, quoting one of the sources familiar with the development.

One Regulator Needed For All Media: Katju

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New Delhi, Aug 8, 2013

Chairman of the Press Council of India justice Markandey Katju has said a common regulator for all streams of media – print, broadcasting and web – is needed.

Speaking at a panel discussion organised by the Delhi-based think tank, Observer Research Foundation on Tuesday, he said the watchdog could be a board of twenty members each from the print and electronic media, and eight others who will elected by the peers in the industry.

A panel of six – union minister for information and broadcasting, Manish Tewari, chairman of the Press Council of India, justice Markandey Katju, chairman of the broadcasting content council, justice AP Shah, justice RV Raveendran of the news broadcasting standards authority (NBSA), and chairing the panel, Rajdeep Sardesai, editor-in-chief, IBN 18 Network

Justice Shah pitched for a statutory self-regulatory body pointing out that self-regulation would serve to keep up standards while eliminating government interference, a concern that is often raised in the discussions on a regulator for media.

Manish Tewari raised the question whether the need of the hour was to refine old models of regulation of the media or come up with new ones..

Outlook Group Shuts Down Three Magazines

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New Delhi, July 29, 2013

A week after Times of India winded down its weekend paper Crest because of the paper failed to generate sufficient revenue, the Outlook Group has announced that it is shutting down the local editions of three international titles — People, Marie Claire and Geo. Outlook Group has announced the closure of the three magazines with immediate effect.

In an official statement, the group said: “Outlook Publishing (India) Private Limited wishes to inform its readers that it is discontinuing its licensing arrangements with People, Geo, and Marie Claire magazines with effect from the forthcoming issues […].” The statement added that all other group magazines would be published as usual.

Outlook Group editorial chairman Vinod Mehta told a newspaper: “We have only shut down the international magazines. These were unsustainable because of the high licensing fees. But the core of the group magazines is still intact.” Asked if employees were being laid off without any notice, Mr. Mehta said: “It would be premature to say that. The Human Resources people are still looking into the matter, and negotiations are underway.”

Accprdong to industry observers, this latest development is a reflection of the dwindling fortunes in the lifestyle magazine space.

Lifetime Achievement Award to Journalist Inder Malhotra

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New Delhi, July 24, 2013

Veteran journalist and commentator Inder Malhotra got the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Sixth Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards ceremony in New Delhi on Tuesday,

The awards, in 29 categories, were given for work done in 2010. Josy Joseph of The Times of India was awarded the Journalist of the Year (Print) for his expose of the Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society scandal. Ravish Kumar of NDTV India was awarded the Journalist of the Year (Broadcast) for the sensitivity, seriousness and research he brings to discussions in his programmes Prime Time, Ravish Ki Report and Hum Log.

While giving the awards Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam said media is the "ark of the covenant of democracy" and rejected any move to have an external regulator for it.

"The stories that we award this evening tell us that you need more. That before we start talking, we need to start listening. And stories, reported and researched, are the only way there is to help all of us listen to those who are not heard. Or those who are too far away for their voice to carry to us," said Shekhar Gupta, Editor-in-Chief, The Indian Express.

Tariq Ali Addresses New Batch of ACJ Students

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Chennai, July 10, 2013

Addressing the new batch of students of Asian College Journalism on the state of journalism in 21st Century at the Sivagami Pethachi Auditorium here, Tariq Ali, editor of New Left Review said that the media has effectively lost the credibility it used to have. A Leftist activist, writer and filmmaker, originally from Lahore and now residing in London, Ali drew attention to three pillars of its contemporary practice: celebrities, trivia and whistleblowers.

The eminent journalist said that without free flow of information, democracy cannot emerge. Political pressures applied to journalism present a dangerous development that can hollow out democracy.

He raised the issue of the longevity of print media with the takeover of news by Internet and social media. "People said books will disappear; Cinema and filmmaking would become history with the advent of television. Those didn’t happen,” he said, adding for the print media to survive, the people should be provided with ‘serious hard news’ and ‘Investigative Journalism’ unlike what is being provided in the media these days.

P Sainath On Management Board of Journalism University

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Jaipur, July 2, 2013

Veteran journalists P. Sainath has been nominated to the board of management of Haridev Joshi University of Journalism and Mass Communication. Sainath, a Magsaysay Award winner, is the Rural Affairs Editor of The Hindu based in Mumbai. Rajasthan Governor Margaret Alva, Chancellor of the university, has nominated Sainath along with Ananya Banerjee,Deputy Director-General of Doordarshan, for a three-year term.

Sainath is also the guest faculty at the Asian College of Journalism (ACJ), Chennai, and the Sophia college, Mumbai.

Sunny Sebastian, former Deputy Editor, The Hindu, is the first and current Vice-Chancellor of the university.

Journalism Awards for Kuldeep Nayar, N Ram

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Mumbai, May 26, 2013

eteran journalists Kuldeep Nayar and N Ram have been honoured with the RedInk Lifetime Achievement awards instituted by the Press Club of Mumbai. They were selected by the managing committee of the club based on a survey of senior journalists nationwide.

K Sankaranarayanan, Governor of Maharashtra, presented the award on Saturday to former Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu N. Ram for “being a fearless crusader in the field of journalism”

“I am honoured to accept this award. I have a lot of regard and affection for the Press Club of Mumbai, with whom I’ve participated in many of the Press movements and regard as the best in the tradition of Indian journalism,” said Mr. Ram while accepting his award.

Mr. Nayar, who could not be present at the ceremony, expressed his gratitude in a pre-recorded speech: “For me, it has been a long journey of 55 years in the field of journalism. I am indebted for this award.”

At the function, Union minister for information and broadcasting Manish Tewari called upon the media to "introspect" and devise a robust "self-regulation regime".

"Make self-regulation more inclusive and robust to keep out judicial intervention," he said. He said there was a need for "constant introspection" so the self-regulation process could be taken forward. Tewari said social media has reshaped media today.

In the panel debate, ‘Keeping the media free and fair’, moderated by television anchor Arnab Goswami, Ram said the media in India faced a daily threat from a judiciary seeking to encroach on them through laws such as ‘criminal defamation’ and ‘contempt of court’.

More than 20 other journalists received awards in various categories for excellence in journalism at the event. Winners included Samanth Subramaniam of Caravan magazine and Nauzer K. Barucha of The Times of India (joint winners in the Politics category), Aditya Iyer of The Indian Express (Sports), Santosh Andhale of DNA and Vinod Kumar Menon of Mid-Day (Health & Environment), Priyanka Pulla of Open Magazine, Samanth Subramaniam of Caravan (for Entertainment & Media), Joe C. Mathew of Business World (Business), Priyanka Dubey of Tehelka (Crime) and Raju Shinde of Mumbai Mirror for Photography in the category titled ‘Big Picture’.

DD News Leads in Viewership Ratings

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New Delhi, May 8, 2013

Doordarshan's Hindi news has stood out as the most watched among all Hindi channels in the 8 pm to 9 pm category for the week ending April 27. According to a Hindustan Times repor, as per Doordarshan data, based on TAM or Television Audience Measurement ratings, Hindi news has top most viewership. It also said, "When it came to watching English news, Doordarshan's flagship Newsnight programme was the most-preferred news and analysis shows programme for the same period in the 9 pm to 10 pm slot."

Newsnight was ahead of rivals such as Times Now, CNN-IBN, NDTV 24X7 and Headlines Today in that slot, said the report.

The report also quoted the information and broadcasting minister Manish Tiwari, who says:“What these ratings indicate is the rapidly changing perception of viewers about the kind of television they like to watch and is perhaps an occasion to introspect for those who have made sensationalism their staple.”

Recently Doordarshan has undergone a major revamp to keep up with the changing tastes and preferences of the audience in India. It has also advertised its news programmes through hoardings and ads.

India Today's Powerful List: 13 People From Media

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New Delhi, April 23, 2013

India Today has come out with a list of 50 most powerful people in India. Thirteen people out of the 50 have interests in the media, but only three of them (former Indian Express editor Arun Shourie, Times Now editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami and Indian Express editor-in-chief Shekhar Gupta) are pure-play journalists.

The chairman of the press council of India, Justice Markandey Katju, is a new entry at No. 50 in this year's powerful list. Shekhar Gupta is at No. 45, Hindustan Times chairperson Shobhana Bhartia at No. 39 and Star India CEO Uday Shankar at No. 26.

The rankings of people having interest in media are:

No. 1: Mukesh Ambani, chairman, Reliance Industries and “virtual owner” of TV18.

No. 4: Kumaramangalam Birla, chairman Aditya Birla group, and 27.5% stake holder in Living Media.

No. 7: Samir Jain and Vineet Jain, The Times of India

No. 26: Uday Shankar, CEO, Star India

No. 28: Kalanidhi Maran, chairman and MD of Sun Group

No. 31: Mahendra Mohan Gupta and Sanjay Gupta, chairman and CEO, Dainik Jagran

No. 35: Subhash Chandra, chairman, Zee television and DNA

No. 39: Shobhana Bhartia, chairman and editorial director, HT Media

No. 36: Raghav Bahl, MD, Network 18

No. 38: Arun Shourie

No. 41: Arnab Goswami

No. 45: Shekhar Gupta

No. 50: Justice Markandey Katju, chairman, press council of India.

Katju Defends Minimum Qualification for Journalists

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Hyderabad, April 6, 2013

Press Council of India Chairman Markandey Katju on Friday justified his decision to appoint a panel on fixing minimum qualification for journalists.

Talking to reporters in Hyderabad, Katju said the aim was not to “muzzle” the media but to improve the standards as there are a lot of “mediocre” professionals in the field.

“There are a lot of mediocre journalists these days and the quality of journalism has fallen. So we have constituted a committee headed by Council member Shravan Kumar Garg to suggest minimum qualification for journalists in the changed circumstances,” the PCI chairman said here.

There are several specialisations in journalism and hence a minimum qualification is necessary. Like medical and legal professions, journalism too had become a developed profession and there is a need for formal qualification and training, he said.

Convener of the committee Shravan Garg said they would speak to all stakeholders and submit the report at the earliest.

“The committee will submit its recommendations soon. PCI will study the recommendations and suggest amendments, if any. It will then submit the report to the Government of India, based on which Parliament may pass a law, or reject it,” Katju said.

Katju also said that he had written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to bring electronic media under the purview of PCI

Five out of the top 10 English dailies register growth

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New Delhi, March 29, 2013

Five out of the top 10 English dailies have registered growth in the latest Average Issue Readership (AIR) survey. According to IRS Q4 2012, there is only one change in the pecking order with The Tribune overtaking The New Indian Express to grab the No. 9 rank. The Times of India, has witnessed a decline in its readership losing 38,000 readers in this quarter. The No. 2 English daily, Hindustan Times, has added 34,000 readers in the current survey.

The Hindu,The Telegraph and Deccan Chronicle are the other three English daily in the top five. At No.6, while DNA has added 10,000 readers this quarter. Mumbai Mirror, at no. 7, also added 12,000 readers.

The other three in the Top 10 are The Economic Times, The Tribune and The New Indian Express.

Govt likely to give press council greater powers

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New Delhi, March 18, 2013

Press Council of India's chairman Markandey Katju is likely to have his wish granted for greater powers in the PCI.

I&B minister Manish Tewari has said that he is working to empower the PCI to suspend a journalist's accreditation and a publication's registration if they abuse their powers.

The council can also write to authorities to suspend its distribution and advertisement. Reported Earlier: Katju to Govt: Give Notice Before Curtailing Ads to Medi

PCI panel to recommend minimum qualification for scribes

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New Delhi, March 13, 2013

Press Council of India (PCI) chairperson Markandey Katju has set up a committee to recommend the minimum qualification required to become a journalist.

The panel includes PCI members Shravan Garg, Rajeev Sabade and Dr Ujjwala Barve, associate professor, Department of Communication and Journalism, University of Pune.

According to Katju, the absence of a proper eligibility criterion is affecting the quality of reportage in the country. The PCI chairperson, In a statement on Tuesday, said that for some time the need for a qualification for entry into the profession of journalism had been felt.

"In the law profession, an LLB degree as well as registration in a bar council is required. Similarly, for entry into the medical profession the necessary qualification is an MBBS degree and also registration with the medical council," Katju said.

"Very often persons with little or inadequate training in journalism enter the profession, and this often leads to negative effects, because such untrained persons often do not maintain high standards of journalism," he added.

Katju said that the team appointed by him will consider all aspects and submit a report at an early date suggesting the qualifications a person should have before he can be allowed to enter the profession of journalism.

"On receipt of the report I intend to place it before the full press council, and after getting its approval shall forward it to the government for initiating suitable legislation for this purpose," Katju said.

Katju to media: Report cautiously on terror cases

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New Delhi, March 7, 2013

Press Council chairperson (PCI) Markandey Katju has asked media to exercise restraint while reporting cases of terrorist attacks and bomb blasts and avoid anything that may promote communal hatred.

Justice Katju was responding to a letter sent to him by National Commission for Minorities (NCM) Chairman Wajahat Habibullah. The letter said that “even before the completion of the investigation [in the Dilsukhnagar blasts of February 21] and on the basis of what appears as unfounded conjecture, the media appears to have targeted a particular community.”

"I, therefore appeal to the people of India, and particularly to the media, to avoid doing anything which may fan or promote communal hatred and animosity, and exercise restraint in reporting cases of bomb blasts and other terrorist activities," Katju said.

The PCI chief said that within an hour or so of a blast, TV channels started showing messages or emails sent by an organisation with a Muslim-sounding name, claiming responsibility. This was “irresponsible” as any “mischievous person” could have sent the message. “By showing this on TV screens, a message is conveyed to the viewers, even if by insinuation, that all Muslims are terrorists and bomb-throwers.”

Businessworld to go fortnightly from weekly

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New Delhi, Feb 9, 2013

India’s second oldest business magazine, Businessworld from the Anand Bazaar Patrika group, is reverting to a fortnightly.It became weekly in 1999.

In the last issue of its weekly avatar, editor Prosenjit Datta explains the reason for this decision. He writes," Twitter did not exist, and the Internet contained largely static content when it came to news. There was just one business news channel and it focused mostly on stocks. Most of the newspapers concentrated on news, and not analysis.There was a great need for a business newsweekly…. a weekly publication that could analyse in detail the implications of the events taking place.

Over time though, the world changed and so did BW’s core content. As the Internet matured, and more dedicated business channels were born, they took over the primary role of disseminating news…News became an increasingly small portion of what BW offered.

Now we are carrying those changes to the next logical step. We are stepping out of the news genre to focus entirely on issues, events and trends that will affect your business and the economy in the future.".

Katju to Govt: Give Notice Before Curtailing Ads to Media

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New Delhi, Feb 5, 2013

Hitting out at central and state governments for allegedly stopping advertisements to publications over "critical" articles, Press Council chairperson Markandey Katju on Monday said it would not tolerate such behaviour and shall take suitable legal action.

Describing the practice as "undemocratic" and betraying a "pettiness of mind'', Katju urged governments, statutory bodies and public sector undertakings to stop or reduce advertisements only after giving an opportunity to the newspaper or journal to be heard.

In a statement, Katju said he had been receiving several complaints from newspapers and journals that the advertisements which were being issued by them by central or state governments have at times suddenly stopped or drastically reduced without assign any reason.

"Sometimes this is done because of the newspapers/ journals publishing material critical of a government or some of its ministers/officials," he said.

"The Press Council of India will not tolerate any further this kind of behaviour on the part of any government, its ministers or officials, and shall take suitable legal action in the matter," Katju added.

The Hindu tops English dailies in all-India readership growth

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New Delhi, Jan 31, 2013

Seven out of the top 10 dailies has registered growth in their Average Issue Readership (AIR). While there is no change in the pecking order, The Hindu has added maximum readers. According to the latest findings of the Indian Readership Survey, IRS 2012 Q3, The Hindu has added an impressive 50,000 readers nationally over the previous quarter,

The Hindu's current national Average Issue Readership (AIR) is 22.58 lakh: this marks an increase of 4.1 per cent over the corresponding period in 2011, IRS 2011 Q3. With this, it has achieved a 2.3 per cent increase over the previous quarter, IRS 2012 Q2.

India’s largest English daily, The Times of India, has recorded an AIR of 76.53 lakh in this survey compared with 76.43 lakh in the previous quarter, 76.52 lakh in IRS Q1 2012 and 76.16 lakh in IRS Q4 2011.

The No. 2 English daily, Hindustan Times, has also added 19,000 readers in IRS Q3 2012 recording an AIR of 37.86 lakh compared with 37.67 lakh in IRS Q2 2012 and 38.05 lakh in IRS Q1 2012.

The other two newspapers in the top five are The Telegraph and Deccan Chronicle.

Journalists should adhere to principles of truth: Pranab

Media Hive News Network
Kolkata, Jan 20, 2013

President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday urged the journalists to adhere to the principles of truth, credibility and make efforts to find out the truth. "Certain fundamentals have to be kept in mind and that is truth, credibility, placing the facts and making efforts to find out the truth," he said at a function organised by the Kolkata Press Club and Indian Journalists' Association here.

Pointing out the revolutionary changes in information technology, the president said one had to keep in mind that "with the change of technology, with the change of system, with the spread of literacy, with the spread of hunger for knowledge, we shall have to cope and this is the demand of civilization.But at the same time, certain fundamentals are to be kept in mind, and that is truth, credibility, placing the facts, and making efforts to find out the truth."

The president added writings of eminent journalists, and even many small stories published in corners of newspapers had helped him immensely in his political life.

The president said many a brilliant analysis in periodicals and magazines, and well-documented write-ups often help politicians and government functionaries to formulate their speeches. "For many of my parliamentary speeches, I got immense help from writings of journalists," he said.

'Self regulation' by electronic media is no regulation: Katju

Media Hive News Network
New Delhi, Jan 17, 2013

Press Council of India (PCI) chairperson Justice Markandey Katju on Wednesday said "self regulation" as practised by the electronic media is a "ploy" to escape accountability.

At a conference organised at the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) in he said, "Everybody is accountable to people but media people say we should not be accountable. We will practice self regulation...Self regulation is no regulation. It is an oxymoron. It is a deliberate ploy so that there is no regulation," said Katju.

Katju said that the media often did not highlight the real issues like poverty and malnutrition that the country is facing.

However, another speaker at the seminar, N. Ram, former editor-in-chief of the Hindu, suggested independent self regulation by the media and added that The Hindu has an independent ombudsman.
"Media organisations have to adopt credible self regulation mechanisms - are we accountable to the public or not," he said, adding that there are many complaints about TV news channels, that they have "become a law unto themselves".

Mamata govt hires private agency to monitor media

Media Hive News Network
Kolkata, Jan 4, 2013

The Mamata Banerjee government is hiring a private agency to scan all reports on the government appearing in the print, electronic and web variety and submit daily reports to the chief minister. According to a newspaper report, the social media, too, will be under the scanner.

The agency will also be the responsibility of the agency to catalogue and save all reports for future reference, said the report.

The report quoting a Trinamool Congress core committee member said, "So much is going around in the media and the government needs to keep a watch. There are so many television channels and newspapers these days. Then there is the social media: Twitter and Facebook where a lot of things are being written. We want a professional agency to keep track of the developments and report these to the chief minister."

The government now is in the process of scouting for an agency that can monitor the media 24x7 round the year. It would have to be equipped with the latest gadgets to scan and record news. It would operate from outside the Writers' Buildings and there would be between three to five persons monitoring the news round the clock.

Deepak Chaurasia quits ABP News to join India News

Media Hive News Network
New Delhi, Jan 2, 2013

Deepak Chaurasia, Editor – National Affairs, ABP News has quit the company. He is likely to join India News. Chaurasia has been working with ABP News since the last four years.

Prior to ABP News, he was with Aaj Tak since its inception and left the organsiation in 2008.

Amitabh Bachchan slams media for crossing limits

Media Hive News Network
New Delhi, Dec 28, 2012

Commenting on the media covergae of the Delhi gangrape victim, Amitabh Bachchan hit out hard at media for neglecting human interest in the race of getting the news/footage first. The actor wrote on Facebook, "Lot of debate and discussion and comment on the media coverage of patient being shifted in ambulance to another location ... the patient privacy is an important element in the Constitutional Journals of Medical Ethics...Couple of years ago when I was in an emergency and taken to hospital, media had blocked the ambulance door to such an extent that it took my family and the doctors 20 minutes to open the door to get me out, while I suffered in pain inside, impatient to get immediate medical attention ..

On another occasion, after a surgery, a journalist dressed herself in doctor's gear and walked into the ICU where I was and then immediately went out and started live reporting on my condition, saying she had just met me ... Ethics be damned !!"

Time stands frozen in front of Sachin: Time magazine

Media Hive News Network
New Delhi, Dec 24, 2012

Leading news magazine Time has eulogized Sachin Tendulkar as one in front of whom time appeared to have stood frozen. The bating legend announced his retirement from one-day internationals (ODIs) on Sunday.

In its tribute to the master blaster, Time said: "It seems while Time was having his toll on every individual on the face of this planet, he excused one man. Time stands frozen in front of Sachin Tendulkar. We have had champions, we have had legends, but we have never had another Sachin Tendulkar and we never will."

Tendulkar made his debut as a 16-year-old in a Test match in Karachi Nov 15, 1989 while he played his first ODI against Pakistan in Gujranwala Dec 18, 1989.

Tendulkar figured on the cover of Time magazine in May this year for the editions in the Indian subcontinent, Singapore and Australia and New Zealand after he completed a century of tons in international cricket.

CNN-IBN, IBN7 to pay Rs 1 lakh for ‘biased’ report

Media Hive News Network
New Delhi, Dec 23, 2012

For airing biased and factually incorrect reports on the Haryana government flouting laws to allot land to the Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust, the News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA) has imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh to CNN-IBN and IBN7 and asked the two TV channels to apologize.

The story aired by the channels had alleged that the trust had acquired 850 acres of land in Haryana and had sought exemptions regarding this. It has also alleged that there were 65 petitions filed by farmers in the Punjab & Haryana high court against the trust.

NBSA chairman Justice J S Verma (retired) said in his order that the trust had leased 5 acres and 3 marlas of land from the gram panchayat for 33 years to establish a charitable eye hospital. The order also said that no exemption had been sought by the trust and there was only one petition, not 65, against the trust and it was not about any illegal acquisition of land.

"The broadcaster committed egregious violation of the NBA Code of Ethics & Broadcasting Standards, especially guidelines relating to accuracy, impartiality, neutrality, requirement of due diligence and verification of facts prior to telecast, as also the need to carry the version of the person affected," the NBSA order said.

Large-scale practice of 'paid news' in Gujarat, HP polls: PCI

Media Hive News Network
New Delhi, Dec 21, 2012

Delhi Union of Journalists has expressed concern over reports of 'paid news' in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assembly polls and demanded inquiry as well as action to check the practice.

There has been large-scale practice of 'paid news' in the Gujarat elections, a fact-finding team of the Press Council of India claimed on Monday.

Stating that both print and electronic media carried paid news in the assembly polls, Press Council of India (PCI) chairperson Markandey Katju had said that the practice underlines the inefficacy of self-regulation by the country’s fourth estate.

"I have been informed today by Rajeev Ranjan Nag, member of Press Council of India and convener of the team I appointed for looking into complaints of paid news and violation of Press freedom in the Gujarat election, that large scale practice of paid news in the recent Gujarat elections has come to the notice of the fact finding team," Katju said in a statement in New Delhi on Monday.

Katju said that the full report on paid news in Gujarat elections is still being prepared and he plans to take it to the Election Commission, public and other authorities after it is submitted and seek action against erring politicians.

He said that he would request that the election of candidates who indulged in paid news and violation of press freedom should be cancelled, as was done in the case of an
elected candidate in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.

Zee journalists granted bail in Jindal extortion case

Media Hive News Network
New Delhi, Dec 18, 2012

After spending 20 days in jail, two Zee group senior editors -- Sudhir Chaudhary, head of Zee News, and Samir Ahluwalia, head of Zee Business -- were on Monday granted bail by a Delhi court in the case of alleged Rs 100 crore extortion bid from Congress MP Naveen Jindal's firm.

Additional Sessions Judge Raj Rani Mitra granted bail to the two journalists and asked them to furnish a personal bond of Rs. 50,000 each and surety of the same amount.

N Ram asks print & broadcast media to shed complacency

Media Hive News Network
Hyderabad, Dec 17, 2012

Veteran journalist and former editor-in-chief of The Hindu N Ram on Sunday asked print and broadcast media to shed their complacency and gear up to face ‘a double-squeeze’ challenge posed by the digital media.

Speaking at a seminar on ‘Media, Politics and the People’ in Hyderabad, Ram cautioned the print and broadcast media against relying too much on studies that forecast no “tipping point” in the near future, basing his argument on the country’s relative backwardness in internet use and broadband access.

“It seems to me that such predictions, and the assumptions behind them, reflect the widespread attitude of denial of proximity, if not the immediacy of the digital impact,” he said.

Ram said the print media continued to face a ‘double squeeze’, heavily subsidising digital journalism which could not pay for itself by attracting enough advertising or subscriptions, or a mixture of the two; and the way new digital players put increasing pressure on newspaper circulation, readership and the business itself.

For the uninitiated, the just-released, findings of the Indian Readership Survey showed that newspaper readership had remained stagnant over the past six months, compared with a 35 per cent growth in the number of Internet users.

CNN-IBN to bring post-poll survey with The Week

Media Hive News Network
New Delhi, Dec 16, 2012

CNN-IBN, in association with The Week, will bring post-poll survey on Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh on December 17 at 5 PM onwards and on Dec 18 & 19 at 9 PM onwards.

According to the channel, the programme, ‘Battle for the States’: Post-Poll Survey will be a comprehensive post-election survey conducted by the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS). As both states witness a straight fight between the ruling BJP and Congress, this special show will predict the number of seats each party stands to win.

Accoeding to Rajdeep Sardesai, Editor-in-Chief, CNN-IBN, IBN7 and IBN-Lokmat, this post-poll survey is an attempt to sense the mood of the voters on how their decision will impact the overall constitution of their respective assembly.

Zee group passing through rough patch

Abhishek Kumar
Media Hive News Network, Dec 11, 2012

New Delhi: India's richest media companies, Subhash Chandra-owned Zee group (total worth $2.9 billion) is fighting fire at different fronts. At a time when the Zee group is involved in a battle with Jindal Steel, with two of the television channel’s editors -- Sudhir Chaudhary and Samir Ahluwalia -- behind bars for alleged extortion and the group’s owner Subhash Chandra and his son Punit Goenka being interrogated, the resignation of DNA's editor-in-chief, Aditya Sinha, has added more trouble for the media group. DNA is owned by Zee group.

Sinha has resigned, within weeks of former Times of India response chief Bhaskar Das joining the Zee group. The Mumbai-based newspaper is going through a redesign because Bhaskar Das wants to change the look-and-feel of the paper.

For uninitiated, a Delhi court had last week dismissed the second bail plea of two senior Zee editors, Sudhir Chaudhary and Samir Ahluwalia, in the Jindal case. The arrested duo were earlier remanded in judicial custody and sent to Tihar jail till December 14.

C'garh govt paid channels for favourable news coverage: IE

Media Hive News Network
New Delhi, Dec 10, 2012

Raman Singh’s government in Chhattisgarh “has paid for favourable news stories” and “regular live coverage” to many national and local television channels, Indian Express on Friday reported. According to thr newpaper report,‘Chhattisgarh government pays for all TV news that is fit to buy,’ the senior editors of the channels concerned allegedly wrote to the public relations (PR) department of the Chhattisgarh government “negotiating” rates to produce “news stories” and to ensure “positive coverage.”

The news story claimed the paper had in its possession nearly 200 documents exchanged between the PR department and the editors.

The Indian Express report listed what it called the rate for each of the paid news items. In May 2010, Hindi television channel Sahara Samay had presented a five-point proposal to the PR department. It included special television packages on Sahara Samay, 15 times a day, featuring “CM’s speeches, government policies and various departmental news” and the rate was reportedly fixed at Rs. 3.28 crore per year at Rs. 3,000 per minute. It also had proposals like covering the Chief Minister’s programmes using outdoor broadcast vans “live for 10 minutes” at Rs. 48 lakh per year. There were other offers like running side strips on screen, tickers, and side panels for which the PR department had to pay substantially.

The story provided ‘evidence’ of how other channels — Z24, ETV Chhattsigarh and Sadhna News — collected money for broadcasting the government’s welfare schemes.

The report further said, “In May 2011, Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj, visited Bastar to inaugurate a chana distribution programme. Z24, Sahara Samay, ETV Chhattisgarh, and Sadhna News telecast the programme live and produced ‘special stories’… Cost of the same was Rs. 14.26 lakh.”

Katju favours media regulator with punitive powers

Media Hive News Network
Mangalore, Dec 6, 2012

Press Council of India (PCI) chairman justice Markandeya Katju on Wednesday said that the Press Council Act needed to be amended. He sought a statutory regulator with punitive powers, one that was “more representative,” for the media.

Talking to journalists in Mangalore he said that many media persons “cared two hoots” for the Press Council of India (PCI), which only had powers to admonish newspapers. Katju added that many journalists did not even respond to the notices issued by the PCI as they knew it had no punitive powers such as suspending publication licences for newspapers, while the electronic media was out of its ambit.

"The act, which was passed in 1978, does not include broadcast media and does not give powers to take punitive action to PCI. The PCI can only admonish. It has no powers to take action. The council needs to have the powers to suspend the licence of a media house when it is found involved in any criminal acts including extortion and blackmail," he said.

Mr. Katju suggested the setting up of a 48-member statutory body with 40 members equally represented from the print and electronic media. The members should be elected much like lawyers elected representatives to the Bar Council of India.

Mr. Katju accused the media of indulging in the practice of paid news and sensationalising trivial issues related to Bollywood and cricket, while ignoring real issues related to poverty, hunger, malnutrition, and healthcare.

A four-member committee has been set up to check violations including paid news in poll-bound Gujarat, Katju said. The committee headed by PCI member Rajeev Ranjan Nag will have senior journalists Kalyan Baruah, Sandeep Shankar and Neeraj Bajpai as members.

Mr. Katju also criticised television channels for airing programmes predicting that the world would end sometime this month.

Harper Collins ends JV with Living Media

Media Hive News Network
New Delhi, Dec 4, 2012

Publishing company Harper Collins (HCI) has ended its almost 10 year joint-venture with Aroon Poorie-promoted Living Media.

The News Corp-owned publishing firm, which is one of the foremost English-language publishers in India and also a renowned publisher in Hindi, will go solo in the growing Indian market. HCI It operated as a joint venture between HarperCollins and Living Media India since 2003.

HCI has won a host of literary awards for local publishing including, The Man Booker Prize for Aravind Adiga's White Tiger, The Hindu Prize for Manu Joseph's Serious Men, The Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Solo by Rana Dasgupta and the Pulitzer Prize for Siddhartha Mukherjee's The Emperor of All Maladies etc.

Zee editors’ bail plea rejected again

Media Hive News Network
New Delhi, Dec 4, 2012

A Delhi court on Monday dismissed the second bail plea of two senior Zee editors arrested for allegedly trying to extort Rs. 100 crore from Congress MP Naveen Jindal’s group in exchange for not running reports on the coal block allocation scam.

Metropolitan magistrate Rajinder Singh on Monday dismissed the bail pleas, saying Zee News head Sudhir Chaudhary and Zee Business editor Samir Ahluwalia had not given any new grounds for their release on bail after their earlier plea was rejected on November 28. The two editors will now have to move a higher court for bail.

The arrested duo were earlier remanded in judicial custody and sent to Tihar jail till December 14.

Show-cause notices to news channels for obscene visuals

Media Hive News Network
New Delhi, Dec 3, 2012

Out of the 29 show-cause notices issued to various news channels for violations relating to content in 2012, 25 were for showing obscene visuals. To ensure that channels do not "bend" rules to telecast even the trailers of adult movies, the ministry of information and broadcasting in September issued an advisory to TV channels. The advisory said TV news channels were showing clippings from feature films with scenes and visuals not suitable for unrestricted public exhibition.

This information was revealed by the minister of information and broadcasting Manish Tewari in the Parliament.

Zee journalists sent to judicial custody

Media Hive News Network
New Delhi, Dec 1, 2012

A Delhi court on Friday remanded two journalists of Zee News channel -- Sudhir Chaudhary, head of Zee News, and Samir Ahluwalia, head of Zee Business -- who were arrested over charges of trying to extort Rs 100 crore from Congress MP and industrialist Naveen Jindal by manipulating their reportage on the alleged coal block allocation scam, to a 14-day judicial custody.

The Delhi Police on Tuesday arrested the two senior journalists of the channel. Zee Network on Wednesday said the arrests of the two senior journalists were 'illegal'.

Two senior Zee journalists arrested on extortion charges

Media Hive News Network
New Delhi, Nov 28, 2012

The Delhi Police on Tuesday arrested two senior journalists of Zee News channel on charges of trying to extort Rs.100 crore from Congress MP Naveen Jindal's group for not doing news reports on coal scam linking his firm.

The arrested journalists -- Zee News editor Sudhir Chaudhary and Zee Business head Samir Ahluwalia -- will be produced in a Delhi court on Wednesday morning.

The Delhi Police's crime branch acted on a complaint filed by JSPL in October. The company also produced video recordings of meetings between its executives and the Zee editors which, in JSPL's version of events, showed that the latter had demanded 'advertisement commitments' worth 100 crore to block airing a story about the company with regard to the coal scam.

Nehru fellowships for T N Ninan, Harish Khare

Media Hive News Network
New Delhi, Nov 27, 2012

Two top journalists, T.N. Ninan of Business Standard, and Harish Khare, formerly of The
Hindu and The Times of India, have been awarded the Jawaharlal Nehru fellowships this year.

Katju criticises media for ignoring national issues

Media Hive News Network
New Delhi, Nov 17, 2012

Press Council of India chief Markandey Katju on Saturday said that freedom of press must be crushed" if media's functioning leads to backwardness and lowers the standard of living of people. He was speaking at a function organised to mark November 16 as the National Press Day.

He criticised media for giving more importance to Bollywood and cricket than vital national issues. "Sachin Tendulkar has scored his hundredth century, now rivers of milk and honey would flow in the country. Cricket is the opium of the masses. People are drugged with cricket. The Roman emperors used to say that if you cannot give people bread, give them circuses," Katju said.

The PCI chairman also criticised TV channels for promoting superstition and backward ideas through their shows on issues like astrology. He said, "Many of you people, journalists I have seen on TV channels show astrology, which is pure nonsense. If you keep people backward, it is pure superstition. Don't you have any common sense?

"This kind of freedom to promote backward ideas, to keep people poor, do you think you are lords that you will dominate over the Indian people! People are superior to journalists.

He further said that an event, where models wore garments made from cotton produced by Vidarbha farmers, was covered by hundreds of journalists while only local mediapersons covered farmers who were committing suicides.

Prime Minister favours self regulation by media

Media Hive News Network
New Delhi, Nov 17, 2012

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said censorship is no answer to irresponsible journalism and favoured self regulation by media.

"As a country, we believe in complete independence of the media from external control," Singh said in a message on National Press Day on November 16.

"It is true that sometimes irresponsible journalism can have serious consequences for social harmony and public order, which the public authorities have an obligation to maintain, but censorship is no answer," Singh said.

BBC news scandal: How big of a threat to British journalism?

By Ben Quinn
Nov 13, 2012

Disciplinary action is underway today against BBC staff involved in a botched report on its flagship current affairs show, as the corporation struggles to get a grip on one of its worst crises and perhaps the greatest challenge to its prestige in its 90-year history.

The scandal, which led to the resignation of the new BBC director general on Saturday after just 54 days on the job, and which may yet result in the departure of the chairman of the independent trust that governs the news organization, centers on two separate items prepared for the “Newsnight” current affairs TV program.

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5 media barons in Forbes 100 richest Indians' list

Media Hive News Network
New Delhi, Nov 7, 2012

In its latest issue Forbes India's has listed 100 richest Indians. There are five pure-play media barons in the Forbes list: Subhash Chandra of Zee (total worth $2.9 billion) at No. 22, Kalanidhi Maran of Sun ($2.8 billion) at No. 24, Indu Jain of The Times of India ($1.9 billion) at No. 31, Shobhana Bharatia of Hindustan Times ($620 million) at No. 93 and Ramesh Agarwal of Dainik Bhaskar ($580 million) at No. 95,

Those with partial media interests like -- Mukesh Ambani of TV18-ETV ($21 billion) at No. 1, Shashi and Ravi Ruia of TimeOut ($8.1 billion) at No. 8, Kumar Mangalam Birla of Living Media ($7.8 billion) at No. 10, Anil Ambani of Bloomberg ($6 billion) at No. 11, Rajan Raheja of Outlook* ($2.2 billion) at No. 29 and Sanjiv Goenka of Open ($725 million) at No. 80 -- has made a dozen media barons in the Top 100.

Anuradha Mahindra expands publishing biz; launches IQ

Media Hive News Network
New Delhi, Nov 6, 2012

Anuradha Mahindra, wife of Mahindra & Mahindra CMD Anand Mahindra, has launched a magazine IQ, The Indian Quarterly.

She is already the publisher and editor of 'Verve' -- a magazine targeted at modern woman.

The new magazine, which is priced at Rs 200, will have some well-known writers such as Mark Tully, Lawrence Osborne, Raja Menon and Atul Dodiya etc.

In the recent years there have been fewer and fewer magazine vehicles for the thoughtful long-form journalism that so many of us love and enjoy. With IQ we hope to fill some of that gap, said Anuradha Mahindra on here new venture.

Having degree in communications with a double major in marketing and journalism, Anuradha had worked in advertising and as a freelance journalist for almost 12 years prior to launching her magazines.

Birla may take majority stake in Living Media

Media Hive News Network
New Delhi, Nov 1, 2012

According to a Business Standard report, the Aditya Birla group may take a majority 51 per cent stake in Aroon Purie’s Living Media, which acts as a holding company and also owns 57.46 per cent in TV Today Network (which controls the group’s broadcasting assets such as Aaj Tak and Headlines Today). It also publishes a host of magazines, including the flagship, India Today.

The BS report quoting sources says the Aditya Birla group, headed by Kumar Mangalam Birla which had bought 27.5 per cent stake in Living Media in May this year, will increase his stake to 51 per cent.

M J Akbar resigns from India Today

Media Hive News Network
New Delhi, Oct 31, 2012

MJ Akbar is has put in his papers at India Today. He was the editorial director of the magazine and of the English news channel Headlines Today. He had joined the India Today Group in 2010.

He will, however, continue to edit The Sunday Guardian, the weekly newspaper he launched in 2010 even though he sold off his stake in the venture to a publishing company owned by prominent Congress leader Venod Sharma.

The veteran journalist and author is also likely to take up a teaching assignment in the USA.

Didi threatens to use law to 'rein in' media

Media Hive News Network
Kolkata, Oct 31, 2012

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Tuesday that she may use legislation related to dissemination of information if such reporting continued.

“The government has been liberal so far, but some newspapers and television channels are distorting my words far too often. I cannot interfere in your work, but you cannot interfere in my work either by distorting my words,” Banerjee said in Kolkata.

TV body sacks Zee’s Chaudhary over Jindal allegations

Media Hive News Network
New Delhi, Oct 19, 2012

The Broadcast Editors’ Association (BEA), the body of Indian news TV editors, on Thursday stripped Zee News editor and business head Sudhir Chaudhary of the primary membership of the body and the post of its treasurer.

BEA had set up a three-member probe panel on the allegations of extortion, intimidation and defamation made by Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) against Zee News Ltd.

The panel heard and viewed audios and videos of conversations between JSPL representatives and Chaudhary and his colleague, Zee Business editor and business head Samir Ahluwalia.

Meanwhile, PCI chairperson Justice Markandey Katju also wrote to the News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA) to probe an alleged extortion attempt by certain people belonging to Zee news from Jindal Steel and Power Limited.

Mamata hits out at journalists

Media Hive News Network
Kolkata, Oct 16, 2012

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday hit out at journalists, who according to herare only doing 'dadagiri' (muscle flexing) with their news presentations.

"Some journalists want to control the political scenario of the state. They want to control the administrative machinery also. They are simply doing dadagiri sitting at news studios and making loads of money," Banerjee said at the launch of the special edition of Jago Bangla's Durga Puja magazine here.

"Journalists must do leg work as now they often speak to their sources over telephone asking "Dada, aaj kichu ache? Kichu hoyeche?," she said.

"I remember earlier no newspaper used to display gory images. But nowadays they often exhibit blood, suicide scenes and all other negative aspects of life," Didi said.

The Hindu’s scribe appointed VC of newly formed university

Media Hive News Network
Jaipur, Oct 16, 2012

The Rajasthan government has appointed senior journalist Sunny Sebastian as the Vice-Chancellor of the Harideo Joshi University of Journalism and Mass Communication. The headquarters and campus of the journalism university will be built in Jaipur.

Mr. Sebastian, 56, is a Deputy Editor with The Hindu in Jaipur.

As the first Vice-Chancellor of the newly established journalism university named after the former Chief Minister, Harideo Joshi, Mr. Sebastian will have the onerous responsibility of devising the curriculum, evolving admission norms and appointing an efficient faculty.

Mr. Sebastian has completed 31 years in journalism, having worked with the Delhi Press, Surya India, Delhi Recorder, Free Press Journal, Rajasthan Patrika and The Hindu. (Pix courtesy: The Hindu)

Six ICC umpires caught on camera for match fixing

Media Hive News Network
New Delhi, Oct 9, 2012

In a sting operation carried out ahead of the recently concluded ICC World Cup T20 tournament, India TV undercover reporters exposed six ICC umpires, belonging to Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh, willing to fix matches for money during T20 matches.

The entire sting operation was telecast on Monday prime time by India TV.

The channel named six umpires - Nadeem Ghauri and Anees Siddiqui from Pakistan, Bangladesh’s Nadir Shah and Sri Lankans Gamini Dissanayake, Maurice Winston and Sagara Gallage.

While Bangladesh's Shah agreed to fix any match be it an international, county or league fixture, Pakistan's ICC international panel umpire Ghauri agreed to favourplayers if he was given all amounts underhand in "black".

A day after launch, NaMo TV channel goes off air

Media Hive News Network
Ahmedabad, Oct 7, 2012

A day after its launch, NaMo Gujarat, a TV channel named eponymously after chief minister Narendra Modi, went off air on Friday, probably due to Election Commission's model code of conduct and its view on on paid news.

NaMo TV channel goes on air in Gujarat

Media Hive News Network
Ahmedabad, Oct 5, 2012

NaMo Gujarat, a TV channel named eponymously after chief minister Narendra Modi, began operations on Thursday. The channel will telecast Narendra Modi’s speeches and showcase the achievements of his government.

The channel, which will be available on on all cable networks in the state, has tied up with some major vernacular news and entertainment channels for its content.

EC to keep eye on paid news during election

Media Hive News Network
New Delhi, Oct 4, 2012

While announcing the dates for Gujarat and Himachal elections on Wednesday, VS Sampath, Chief Election Commissioner of India, said that the Commission would be taking a close look at the instances of paid media, if any, as well as a heightened scrutiny of expenses on advertising and publicity.

"So far paid news has been a learning process for us,but this time we will be monitoring paid news very strictly at the district levels and as soon as we suspect anything, notices will be issued. We hope we will be more effective this time in curbing 'paid news' than we have been in the past," he said.

“Where the District/State level Committee or ECI decides that it is a Paid News case, such cases shall be conveyed to Press Council of India for further action in relation to the media concerned,” the EC said.

Elections Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat will be on November 4 and December 13 and 17, respectively, in what will be a straight fight between the ruling BJP and the Congress in both states.

Six of the top 10 English dailies' readerships decline

Media Hive News Network
New Delhi, Oct 4, 2012

The country's largest English daily The Times of India has lost a marginal 9,000 readers in this quarter of Indian Readership Survey. Six of the top 10 English dailies have seen decline as per the IRS 2012 Q2 data released on Monday.

The Times of India, however, continues to lead the list with its Q2 average issue readership (AIR) at 7,643,000, as against 7,652,000 in the previous quarter.

Hindustan Times has also lost 38,000 readers. The paper has registered an AIR of 3,767,000 in Q2 as against Q1 figure of 3,805,000.

Chennai-based English daily, The Hindu, continues to on third place among the English dailies with an AIR of 22.08 which is 25,000 less readers than the previous quarter.

The Telegraph has also lost 17,000 readers in the current quarter. Its AIR in the current round stands at 12.75 lakh.

However. Deccan Chronicle has seen a slight growth in its readership this quarter. The paper, which is at No. 5, has registered an AIR of 1,038,000 in Q2, as compared to 1,027,000 in Q1.

As per the survey, DNA stands at 6th position, Mumbai Mirror at 7th, The Economic Times at 8th, The New Indian Express at 9th and The Tribune at 10th position.

Gujarat set to get Namo TV channel before polls

Media Hive News Network
Ahmedabad, Oct 2, 2012

The BJP is set to launch its own TV channel in Gujarat. The channel ‘Namo Gujarat’, eponymously named after CM Narendra Modi, is likely to start broadcasting next week.

The channel, which will be available on on all cable networks in the state, has tied up with some major vernacular news and entertainment channels for its content. According to the industry sources, Namo Gujarat will be launched by Modi himself.

The assembly polls in the state is also due this year.

Journalists can't work without social media: Survey

Sept 23, 2012

More than a quarter of UK journalists are unable to work without social media despite an increasing number of concerns about productivity, privacy and the future of journalism, according to the 2012 social journalist study results.

Dr Agnes Gulyas, Principal Lecturer, Department of Media at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: "This year's survey found that, compared to last year, journalists are using a greater variety of social media tools and are more reliant on social media for many of their professional tasks. However, we also found that journalists are less positive about some of the impacts of social media, such as on their engagement with their audience, their productivity and the quality of journalism."

Other key findings from the research were: 39% of respondents said that social media has improved their productivity. The most popular social media among UK journalists is Twitter (80%) Those who agree social media enables them to be more engaged with their audience is down from 43% in 2011 to 27%. Age is the most important demographic influence on social media use. The media sector journalists work in has a more significant impact on their uses and views than other professional factors. To read full story, visit

G Kasturi, former editor of The Hindu, dies

Media Hive News Network
New Delhi, Sept 18, 2012

G Kasturi, former editor of English daily The Hindu, died of a heart failure at his Chennai residence early Friday. He was 87 years.He was the longest serving editor of the newspaper having worked at The Hindu from 1965 to 1991. He retired in 1991.

He was also a former Managing Director of Kasturi and Sons, the company that owns The Hindu.

ABP Group rolls out Bangla tabloid, Ebela

Media Hive News Network
Lucknow, Sept 18, 2012

ABP Group has launched Bengali tabloid, Ebela. It is targeted at the youth and has the content of news, views and entertainment. Ebela is the first Bengali newspaper launched by the group after Anandabazar Patrika in 1922.

Corporate media's hold on journalism bad sign: Katju

Media Hive News Network
Lucknow, Sept 17, 2012

Chairman of Press Council of India Justice Markandey Katju has said that the hold of corporate media on journalism is a bad sign for democracy.

Speaking at a seminar in Lucknow on Saturday, he said while 47 per cent children in the country were malnourished and farmers were reeling under debt and committing suicides,the corporate media based its prime time news on programmes of film stars and cricketers in order get more TRP ratings.

He also asked the state governments to promote small newspapers which are more concerned about real issues and problems of the society.

He added a responsible media is necessary for the public but the corporate media has forgotten this and is only interested in minting money.

Media should act with restraint, says Manmohan Singh

Media Hive News Network
Kochi, Sept 14, 2012

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday said media has a very important role to play in promoting greater communal harmony and inter-group and inter-community dialogue.

Inaugurating golden jubilee celebrations of Kerala Union of Working Journalists, the prime minister added that reporting and opinions should be "fair, objective and balanced".

"The desire to be sensational should be avoided even though it is very tempting sometimes. Restraint should be exercised so that nothing that divides our society and country is written, broadcast or telecast," he added.

"Freedom for multiple, often opposing, viewpoints to co-exist is one of the defining characteristics of our society and polity. An independent and responsible media is a pre-requisite for sustaining such a society and polity," he said.

NDTV lays off 50 employees

Media Hive News Network
New Delhi, Sept 14, 2012

New Delhi Television (NDTV), which runs the NDTV 24X7, NDTV India and NDTV Profit news channels, has laid off around 50 employees as part of a 'resource rationalisation' exercise.

For the quarter ended June 30, NDTV had posted a standalone net loss of Rs 22.71 crore on a revenue of Rs 82.77 crore.

According to the news broadcaster, the exercise has been underway for more than a year and involved a very small number of its nearly 1,800 employees.

SC refuses to formulate media guidelines

Media Hive News Network
New Delhi, Sept 12, 2012

Supreme Court on Tuesday said it would not frame broad guidelines for how media companies should cover court proceedings. It ruled that guideline for media reporting cannot be made across the board.

The court, however, ruled that a person can move a high court or the top court to seek temporary injunction against the media if he fears that reporting of the legal proceedings in his case could prejudice his right to fair trial or interfere with the dispensation.

The Sahara Group, an Indian conglomerate, appealed to the Supreme Court to frame guidelines after it alleged that documents from a court case it was involved in were leaked to the Indian media. It sought that the Supreme Court issue “directions” on reporting of ongoing court cases.

Katju pitches for bringing electronic media under PCI

Media Hive News Network
Chennai, Sept 11, 2012

Chairman of Press Council of India Markandey Katju on Monday once again pitched for bringing the electronic media under the council's ambit.

Speaking at function in Chennai, Katju, said he had proposed certain recommendations to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh regarding the Press Council Act. "Yet nothing has been done. Evidently, the TV channel people are very powerful. Whatever reason, but nothing has come out," he added.

Rejecting the concept of self-regulation, Katju said there had to be some external regulation, which should not be by the government, but by a statutory body, like the PCI.

He said electronic media should be under the PCI purview as "every social activity has to be regulated.

Katju condemns arrest of cartoonist Aseem Trivedi

Media Hive News Network
New Delhi, Sept 10, 2012

Press Council of India chairperson Markandey Katju has condemned the arrest of cartoonist Aseem Trivedi. “From the information I have gathered, the cartoonist did nothing illegal, and in fact, arresting him was an illegal act. A wrongful arrest is a serious crime under the Indian Penal Code Section 342, and it is those who arrested him who should be arrested,” Katju told a newspaper on Sunday.

“Police officers, who obey such illegal orders of politicians, should be put on trial and given harsh punishment, just like the Nazi officials at the Nuremberg War Crime Tribunal,” he added.

Trivedi was arrested on Sunday and produced in a Mumbai court which sent him to police custody till September 16. He was arrested following a complaint that he had put up banners mocking the Indian Constitution during the Anna Hazare rally held last year in Mumbai.

A report in The Hindu quoted The Indian Express chief political cartoonist E.P. Unny: “Cartoonists are being dragged into the limelight for all the wrong reasons these days. You can disagree with a cartoon, just as you can disagree with any textual matter. You may not like it, you may find it tasteless. But what is the link between an offensive cartoon and sedition? That is a very serious affair.”

Washington Post's article stokes government anger

Media Hive News Network
New Delhi, Sept 7, 2012

The Washington Post's criticism of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has come under attack from the Prime Minister's Office. The PMO has replied to the US daily journalist Simon Denyer claiming that the newspaper never contacted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for his version on the article slamming him.

"Despite all lines of conversations open, you never got in touch with us for our side of the story though you regularly talk to me about information from the PMO. This story thus becomes totally one sided," the PMO said in the letter.

The article in The Washington Post tagged Manmohan Singh as a "tragic figure'. While the US newspaper refused to apologise, the PMO has claimed that the reporter said sorry twice.

"When I rang you up to point this out, you said sorry twice though you tell the media here that you never apologised," Communications Adviser to the PMO Pankaj Pachauri said in the letter.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni also opposed it "strongly". "The article on the prime minister by a paper like Washington Post is unacceptable. The claims made there are completely baseless and we reject it," she told reporters.

Following is the full text of the letter from the Prime Minister's office:

Dear Simon,

We do not complain about criticism of the government which is a journalist's right. But I am writing this letter for pointing out unethical and unprofessional conduct at your part.

I would like to put on record my complaint about your article which was published today on many counts:

Despite all lines of conversations open, you never got in touch with us for our side of the story though you regularly talk to me about information from the PMO. This story thus becomes totally one sided.

You have been telling the media here in India that your request for an interview was declined though the mail below says clearly that the interview was declined "till the Monsoon Session" of the Parliament which gets over in two days.

When I rang you up to point this out, you said sorry twice though you tell the media here that you never apologised.

Your website where we could have posted a reply is still not working, 11 hours after you said sorry the third time for its inaccessibility.

The former Media Adviser to the PM Dr Sanjaya Baru has complained that you "rehashed and used" an 8 month old quote from an Indian Magazine.

We expected better from the correspondent of the Washington Post for fair and unbiased reporting.

Without going into your one sided assessment of the Prime Minister's performance, as comment is free in journalism, I hope you will carry this communication in full in your paper and your website so your readers can judge for themselves what is the truth.


Pankaj Pachauri

Communications Adviser to the Prime Minister's Office

Times, ABP on price war over new Bengali newspapers

Media Hive News Network
New Delhi, Sept 4, 2012

The Times of India group is all set to launch a Bengali broadsheet, Ei Samay (Times Now) from Kolkata. It will be a broadsheet priced at Rs. 175 for the first six months, or less than Rs. 1 a copy.

This has led to a 'newspaper war' in the state as Ananda Bazaar Patrika (ABP) has also announced the launch of the tabloid Ei bela (this moment).

According to ABP, Ei bela will be the first tabloid in Bengali and will be offered at Rs. 150 under an inaugural six-month scheme.

The announcement of both Ei Samay and Ei bela have recently been made through their groups' flagship newpapaers - The Times of India and Telegraph respectively.

Both the the newspapers are expected to be launched this month.

For uninitiated, Anandabazar Patrika is the highest circulated Bengali newspaper with an estimated daily readership of 5.9 million, while Bartaman is the second most read Bengali newspaper.

Journalists should refresh their knowledge: Meira Kumar

Media Hive News Network
New Delhi, Sept 1, 2012

Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar on Thursday told journalists to refresh their knowledge to better disseminate facts, including on parliamentary processes to the public.

Addressing over 125 journalists reporting on parliamentary proceedings, she said the media is a key link between the people and the elected representatives. "Media persons need to update and refresh their knowledge, including on the role and position of parliament and parliamentarians, besides parliamentary rules and procedures," the Speaker said at the programme organised by the Bureau of Parliamentary Studies and Training (BPST).

"The duty of the media is to report facts correctly and objectively as it has an onerous responsibility of impartially projecting the concerns of the people," she said.

NBA decries Katju's move to regulate electronic media

Media Hive News Network
New Delhi, Aug 31, 2012

National Broadcasters Association (NBA) has opposed the Press Council of India's (PCI) move for bringing the electronic media within its purview. The PCI has recently urged the government to carry out necessary amendments to bring electronic and social media under its purview, saying broadcast media's claim for self-regulation is "futile" and "oxymoron".

But, NBA on Thursday urged PCI Chairman Justice Markandey Katju to "engage himself constructively with print media matters."

The NBA wrote a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh opposing any such move by the PCI and highlighted the achievements of its self regulatory mechanism.

SC slams electronic media over 26/11 coverage

Media Hive News Network
New Delhi, Aug 31, 2012

The Supreme Court (SC) has said telecasting live visuals of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks had done much harm to the security operations rather than serving any national interest.

The SC made these observations while upholding the death penalty of 26/11 lone captured Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab.

Taking note of the tapped conversations between the attackers and their collaborators across the border, the court said coverage helped the assailants counter security movements as their positions were being reported live.

"Any attempt to justify the conduct of the TV channels by citing the right to freedom of speech and expression would be totally wrong and unacceptable in such a situation. The freedom of expression, like all other freedoms under Article 19, is subject to reasonablerestrictions," the bench said.

The court felt that the news channels could have shown the shots and visuals after the security operations were over.

Electronic media sent wrong message on exodus: Katju

Media Hive News Network
Bangalore, Aug 28, 2012

Justice Markandey Katju has lamented the reluctance of the electronic media to be included in the Press Council of India, saying this reflects the irresponsible and money-minded attitude of certain sections of the media.

"The ethics of journalism should be followed by both print and electronic media. The reluctance of the electronic media only proves they are concerned only about TRPs and money," said the PCI chairman in Bangalore. He was speaking at a seminar on 'Media and Responsibilities'.

He also decried the irresponsible behaviour of the electronic media while covering the exodus of people from the northeast.

The media, without going into details and the truth, chose to air the controversial SMSs and spread fear. "The way the issue was handled, it sent a wrong message and forced people to run for their lives," said Justice Katju.

From The Urdu Press: 'Promotion or Punishment?'

A. Hameed Yousuf
Aug 27, 2012

The transfer of Arup Patnaik, Mumbai Police Commissioner, is seen with suspicion by the Urdu media. Though Maharashtra Home Minister Mr. R R Patil has maintained that Patnaik, for his good work, was promoted to the post of Managing Director of Maharashtra State Security Corporation, the media believes otherwise. The view of the media is that he has been punished for not being hard on Muslim youth who turned violent during the Azad Maidan demonstration on August 11. “Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik Transferred: Promotion orPunishment?” reads the news headline of daily Sahafat.

Similarly, a news analysis published in daily Urdu Times also concludes that Patnaik’s transfer was a punishment for him as he did not deal with the violent mob with firm hand. In the analysis titled “Patnaik’s transfer: victory of communalism and defeat of secularism”

Shakeel Rasheed writes, “This is not ‘promotion’, but punishment. Yes, Arun Patnaik is not the Mumbai police commissioner anymore. The Congress-NCP alliance says that Patnaik’s transfer was routine and that it has nothing to do with the Azad Maidan violence. In fact, it is ‘punishment’ and not promotion. Punishment, because Patnaik stopped his forces to rain bullets on Muslims protesting against atrocities on Muslims in Assam and Myanmar, why only two people were killed, why the death tally not touched 200 or 250, why Patnaik ensured peace of Mumbai is not shattered and why he prevented the 1992-93 like situation.”

In the editorial Arun Patnaik Deserved Reward! the paper adds, “Despite vandalism from some Muslim youth Patnaik did not allow his police to use force relentlessly. Instead, upto the last moment he asked them to have patience. He saved not only Mumbai but also whole the state from riots. His good handling of the situation foiled the expectations of Hindutva outfits. So these outfit alleged him of being soft on the vandalizing mob. They also demanded his resignation. ”

The protest rally called by Raza Academy in collaboration with some other Muslim organizations had suddenly turned violent. The mob went on rampage setting ablaze media OB vans, damaging public buses and attacking policemen. The vandalism left around 50 policemen injured. There were all efforts to incite the police including snatching their revolvers and molesting female policemen. The police could have resorted to heavy firing in retaliation, but it was Arup Patnaik who himself took the command and instructed the police to exercise restraint. The Urdu media which often complains of police bias against Muslims had praised the wise handling of the crowd.

Later the media reported a top police official confessing that had there not been extreme restraint on the part of the police, there would have been a ‘holocaust’.

From security expert B Raman to super cop Julio Ribeiro, everyone praised Patnaik’s handling of the explosive situation. “When Patnaik reached the spot after the mobs had gone on rampage, his first reflex was to ensure that his force did not add to the heat of the riots by losing its cool and over-reacting. If Patnaik had not kept its force under control, there might have been many more fatalities resulting in a serious aggravation of the situation. In literally forcing the policemen to keep their cool and not to overact, Patnaik had acted according to his professional instincts, the training that he had received as a young officer and his long years of experience in dealing with such situations. Let us give him the credit for the way he exercised his leadership during those critical moments when the riots could have spread to many parts of Mumbai,” wrote Raman.

This, however, was not what the some communal elements like. The families of the deceased youth did not complain except that why the police fired above the waste. The pro-Hindutva parties including BJP, Shiv Sena and MNS, however, criticized Patnaik because he did not curb the mob forcefully and according to them allowed it to go on widespread vandalism. In a show of strength MNS chief Raj Thackeray defying police took out a huge rally protesting the riots.

The rally brought Raj Thackeray once again in the limelight. Giving a new twist to the Azad Maidan riots is a report in Sahafat daily “The Possible Hand of Raj Thackeray Group In Azad Maidan Violence” whichasks whether Muslim volunteers of MNS had staged the riots. The purpose: to provide Raj Thackeray with a chance for growing his stature. In the rally, Thackeray among many things demanded resignation of R R Patil and suspension of Arup Patnaik. Within less than two days, Patnaik was transferred.

The media and saffron parties of Maharashtra also criticized Patil for government’s failure in Pune Blast, Azad Maidan riots and MNS rally. Patil, however, transferred the police commissioner to cool the temper of critics.

Arup Patnaik has the reputation of being one of the most honest officers in the Mumbai police force. He would support the raids on bars and pubs, running beyond permissible time limits, by the Social Service Branch headed by assistant commissioner of police Vasant Dhoble. This action of the police though was supported many citizen groups, the liquor lobbies were not happy at all with it.

The immediate cause, however, for Patnaik’s removal was his failure to suppress the Azad Maidan rioters. “Is it the guilt of Patnaik that the police led by him showed restraint? Is he guilty of controlling the situation and not letting a violent accident turn into full fledge riot?” asks daily Inquilab in an editorial “The Guilt of Patnaik?”

The paper also quoted a local Muslim leader Maulana Mustaqeem Ahsan Azmi as having said, “The way Patnaik played on his life to control the citizens and the police, is laudable.

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Myanmar abolishes direct censorship of media

Media Hive News Network
Aug 22, 2012

Myanmar on Monday abolished direct censorship of the media, a move toward allowing freedom of expression in the long-repressed country. Journalists will now no longer have to submit their work to state censors before publication as they did for almost half a century. According to agencies report, this Southeast Asian nation’s reporters had been regarded as among the most restricted in the world, subjected to routine state surveillance, phone taps and censorship so intense that independent papers could not publish on a daily basis.

President Thein Sein’s reformist government has significantly relaxed media controls over the last year, though, allowing reporters to print material that would have been unthinkable during the era of absolute military rule.

Media decried for ‘poor coverage’ of Assam, Myanmar

Media Hive News Network
Mumbai, Aug 10, 2012

An OB (Outside Broadcasting) van of ABP News and some other TV channels were set ablaze as protest against killings of Muslims in Myanmar, Assam turned violent in Azad Maidan on Saturday in Mumbai. Angry protesters damaged TV camera equipments and also attacked media persons.

The protestors were reportedly angry over media for ‘poor coverage’ of Assam and Myanmar. “Small children were butchered mercilessly in Assam and Myanmar. Why is the media not covering it? The media’s job is to report. We learnt about the incidents from videos posted on the Internet," said a protester

"When the media from Mumbai could travel to London to cover the Olympics, could they not go to Assam and Myanmar?,” questioned another protestor. ( Pix courtesy: ABP news)

Fareed Zakaria loses Time, CNN jobs over plagiarism

New Delhi, Aug 10, 2012

Prominent US-based Indian journalist and TV host Fareed Zakaria was suspended from his job at Time magazine and CNN after he conceded an accusation of plagiarism was valid.

In a piece Zakaria wrote for Time on gun control after the tragic Wisconsin gurdwara massacre, he lifted a passage from Harvard University history professor Jill Lepore's piece published in The New Yorker.

According to media reports, Zakaria accepted, "Media reporters have pointed out that paragraphs in my Time column this week bear close similarities to paragraphs in Jill Lepore's essay in the April 22nd issue of The New Yorker," he said in a statement. "They are right. I made a terrible mistake. It is a serious lapse and one that is entirely my fault. I apologize unreservedly to her, to my editors at Time, and to my readers."

HC nod to media guidelines for reporting on kids

Media Hive News Network
New Delhi, Aug 9, 2012

The Delhi high court on Wednesday tightened the norms for media reporting in cases involving Kids. The court gave its nod to the guidelines for media reporting on children which stipulates various curbs including that the identity of kids be not revealed under any circumstances while covering stories of sexual offences, elopement and drug abuse.

The order came keeping in view of the brazen manner in which the identity of the two-year-old battered child, who died while fighting for her life at AIIMS, and other minors involved in the case was revealed by the media.

A committee, appointed by the court in February this year, had submitted the guidelines before a bench of Acting Chief Justice A K Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw.

"The media must balance its responsibility to protect children from unsuitable content with the right to freedom of expression and the right to know. The media shall ensure that a child’s identity is not revealed in any manner, including disclosure of personal information, photograph, school or locality and information of the family including their residential or official address," ," the panel said.

The court also took serious note of the recent trend of revealing the identity of rape victims and those involved in trafficking and other organised crimes.

Broadcasters want TAM monopoly to be broken

Abhishek Kumar
Media Hive News Network, Aug 9, 2012

New Delhi: With the Prasar Bharati Board has given its nod to seek legal opinion and hold consultations with the ministry of information and broadcasting on misrepresentation and under-reporting of data for Doordarshan by Television Audience Measurement (TAM),the private broadcasters too has come out against TAM.

They have pointed out that the measurement system is inadequate in sample size and representation. They feel the system of a single rating is flawed in itself.

A newspaper report quoted India TV's Rajat Sharma: "The ills of TAM are primarily due to itsmonopoly status. We need to expedite plans to create a vibrant and transparent alternative to TAM. Broadcasters, advertisers and media planners owe it to the industry."

According to industry sources, the Centre could soon produce a common audience measurementsystem for all media, if it accepts the recommendations recently made by an innovation council. The council has suggested a comprehensive media policy to integrate all segments.

Recently, in a related development,news broadcaster NDTV has issued a lawsuit against Nielsen, the global research agency,seeking compensatory and punitive damages. In the petition, NDTV has accused the companies of manipulating viewership data in favour of channels that are willing to provide bribes to its officials.

Katju criticises media coverage of Anna’s movement

Media Hive News Network
Indore, Aug 6, 2012

Press Council of India (PCI) Chairman Markandey Katju on Sunday criticised the media coverage of Anna Hazare’s agitation. He said many journalists were swayed by emotion and became “part of the movement,” instead of reporting objectively.

Katju was speaking at a seminar here on “Anna Hazare’s movement and media". He said a large section of the print and electronic media was swayed by emotions and acted irresponsibly.
He recalled that during the Babri Masjid controversy also, some journalists of the Hindi press acted like ‘kar sevaks’ themselves, instead of reporting the events objectively.

Prasar Bharati mulls leagal action against TAM

Media Hive News Network
New Delhi, Aug 4, 2012

Prasar Bharati is considering legal action against Television Audience Measurement (TAM) for suppression of data related to viewership for Doordarshan and its allied channels, says a report published in a leading newspaper on Saturday.

The report, quoting Prasar Bharati CEO Jawahar Sircar, said that despite the largest viewership base DD has always been short-changed by TAM when it came to viewership ratings. The issue is likely to be discussed in the Prasar Bharati board meeting on August 6.

Doordarshan has 37 channels including DD Bharati and DD National besides four allied channels like Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha TV. With its 1415 transmitters DD enjoys an enviable 92% coverage of the country through its terrestrial network. These would constitute a viewership of about 2.5 crore people. The state broadcaster also has DD Direct Plus that has over 1 crore subscribers amounting to at least 3.5 crore viewers.

NDTV sues Nielsen for $1.3 billion

Media Hive News Network
New Delhi, Aug 1, 2012

News broadcaster NDTV has issued a lawsuit against Nielsen, the global research agency,seeking compensatory and punitive damages. In the petition, NDTV has accused the companies of manipulating viewership data in favour of channels that are willing to provide bribes to its officials.

The channel now wants approximately $580 million for negligence, $810 million for fraud and millions more on a variety of other causes, a total of a minimum $1.3 billion.

The lawsuit was filed on July 26 in the state of New York in the US, Nielsen’s global operations headquarters.

Common audience measurement system for all media likely

Media Hive News Network
New Delhi, July 31, 2012

The Centre could soon produce a common audience measurement system for all media, create a public service broadcasting fund and a media education council, and reboot media licensing reforms, if it accepts the recommendations recently made by an innovation council, says a news report published in The Hindu.

The council has suggested a comprehensive media policy to integrate all segments. Keeping with this theme of convergent policy for a diverse media landscape, it recommends that “reliable single source data on all mediums of advertising should be made available by the government so that advertisers are able to take decisions on key data.”

Currently, advertisers look to varied sources for reliable data on different media: the National Readership Survey for newspapers, the TAM Media Research peoplemeters for satellite channels and FM radio, and still evolving audience measurement and behaviour systems for the fast-growing online media.

According to the report, the council has suggested that community radio stations could provide local, grassroots content for AIR. The council has also sought the regulation of the rapidly expanding realm of media education.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni has promised that the council’s report would act as a road map for the future.

Dey Murder Case: Journalist Jigna Vora gets bail

Media Hive News Network
Mumbai, July 28, 2012

Journalist Jigna Vora, who is an accused in the J Dey (in pix) murder case has been granted bail by MOCOCA court on Friday. Observing that she has a child to look after and is a single parent, the court granted bail to Vora on a surety amount of Rs one lakh.

Vora, deputy chief of bureau of English daily Asian Age, had said she was falsely implicated in the murder of Dey, editor (Investigations) with city tabloid Mid-Day.Vora was arrested on November 25 last year under stringent anti-crime law MCOCA.

According to police, the murder was plotted and executed allegedly at the behest of Chhota Rajan whom Vora had instigated owing to professional rivalry with Dey.

Congress in Andhra mulls own TV channel, newspaper

Media Hive News Network
Hyderabad, July 27, 2012

The Congress party in Andhra Pradesh is of the view that one of the reasons why the party had lost the by-elections was the negative publicity it had received in the media. The ministerial committee, set up to look into the party’s debacle in the recent bypolls, says in its primary report that the party in the state is in dire need of a newspaper and a TV channel of its own to propagate its ideology and publicise its welfare schemes.

The 10-member ministerial panel headed by Roads and Buildings Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao submitted its report to Pradesh Congress Committee president Botsa Satyanarayana and Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Wednesday. The chief minister on Thursday held an official meeting to study the recommendations and instructed the officials to work out the implementation of the recommendations.

The committee attributed the electoral poor show in the just-concluded bypolls to the propaganda of the YSR Congress that various welfare schemes, introduced by YS Rajasekhara Reddy, had been discontinued by his successors. In the last one year, Jagan launched an offensive against the Congress government and the party through his media house - Sakshi television channel and Telugu daily.

“People believe this false propaganda as the YSRCP has its own media to spread its claims among people. To counter this, we need to publicise about the schemes of the government in an effective manner. For this, we need our own daily and TV channel,” said a minister who is a member of the committee.

Assam molestation: Journalists' role 'unethical', says CM

Media Hive News Network
Guwahati, July 23, 2012

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Saturday accused the national media of making wrong projection of the north-east before the country. He cited the trend of highlighting negative news, such as molestation of a girl in Guwahati.

He was speaking at the inauguration of a training centre of Tata Consultancy Service here.

Meanwhile, a day after the Gauhati High Court denied anticipatory bail to Gaurav Jyoti Neog, the television journalist who has been accused of instigating a group of youths into molesting a girl in Guwahati on July 9, he was arrested from his house on Friday.

Editor-in-chief of the channel, Atanu Bhuyan, also resigned after he too came under fire from the chief minister.

Gogoi had earlier said the role of the local news channel journalist, who had also been accused by RTI activist Akhil Gogoi of instigating the assault on a girl outside a city pub, was "unethical".

"This was a case of unethical journalism. It is all right to film the incident as a part of his professional duty but as a part of his social responsibility the journalist should have informed the police", Gogoi had told reporters.

Indian media is nothing but a joke: Harbhajan Singh

Media Hive News Network
New Delhi, July 20, 2012

"Indian media is nothing but a joke. Worst part is the people believe what they write. Come on guys grow up. Stop putting one guy down," remarked cricketer Harbhajan Singh on Friday.

The Indian off-spinner has hit out at the country's media after news reports noted his wicketless bowling in recent county matches in England.
Harbhajan, out of India's team since an England tour last year, conceded 33 runs in 13 overs for no wickets while playing for Essex against Gloucestershire in a rain-affected four-day match last week. A newspaper headline said, "Harbhajan's barren spell for Essex continues."

"Indian media makes the news out of nothing. Three days of county game gone in rain and they playing 'Bhajji gone wicketless'. Well done media," Harbhajan tweeted

Harbhajan, who was recently overlooked for the limited overs squad to tour Sri Lanka, is currently in England, playing for Essex County Cricket Club, in an attempt to regain his lost form.

Now, Outlook terms Obama underachiever

Media Hive News Network
New Delhi, July 20, 2012

Close on the heels of Time magazine terming Prime Minister Manmohan Singh an "underachiever", Outlook, a popular Indian magazine, has called US President Barack Obama 'The Underachiever.'

Outlook has put a smiling Barack Obama on its latest issue's cover, saying: "America needed a reboot – he promised hope and change. Four years on, President Barack Obama's sheen is gone. Can his lofty rhetoric carry him home again?"

Criticising Manmohan Singh for not acting decisively when the India's economy was slowing, Time magazine, a week ago had termed the Prime Minister an "underachiever".

Manmohan Singh was featured on the cover of Time magazine's Asia edition. With his portrait in the background, the title on the cover reads 'The Underachiever - India needs a reboot'.

Sudhir Chaudhary replaces Satish Singh at Zee News

Media Hive News Network
New Delhi, July 19, 2012

Live India and Mi Marathi CEO and editor Sudhir Chaudhary has joined Zee News as business head and Editor. He replaces Satish Singh, who leaves Zee News after being in the organisation for 14 years. Chaudhary will join Zee News for the second time.

He started his career with Zee News in 1993. He moved on to Sahara Samay National after about a decade. He joined the channel as a part of the core team that launched the channel as a senior anchor. Subsequently, he joined India TV as executive editor.

Later, he joined Live India (which was known as Janmat TV at that time) in March, 2007.

ITV Media acquires News X; Pocha to continue as editor

Media Hive News Network
New Delhi, July 18, 2012

English news channel News X, floated first by former Star India CEO Peter Mukherjea and his wife Indrani, has now been acquired by ITV Media. News X, which was owned by Indi Media, a joint venture between NaiDunia promoter and CEO Vinay Chhajlani and ex-Businessworld editor Jehangir S Pocha, has been sold for the second time. Pocha, erstwhile CEO and editor-in-chief of News X, will continue to work as editor-in-chief.

Karthikeya Sharma-promoted ITV Media has purchased the financially ailing channel to complement its clutch of news channels including Hindi channel India News.

Sharma is son of leading Haryana Congress leader Venod Sharma and the brother of Manu Sharma, a convict in the Jessical Lal murder case.

Time magazine terms Manmohan underachiever

Media Hive News Network
New Delhi, July 9, 2012

Criticising Manmohan Singh for not acting decisively when the India's economy was slowing, Time magazine has termed the Prime Minister an "underachiever".

Manmohan Singh is featured on the cover of Time magazine's Asia edition, which will be out next week. With his portrait in the background, the title on the cover reads 'The Underachiever - India needs a reboot'.

The top US magazine says Singh appears "unwilling to stick his neck out" on reforms that will put the country back on growth path.

The magazine said, "in the past three years, the calm confidence he (Singh) once radiated has been absent. He seems unable to control his ministers and -- his new, temporary portfolio at the finance ministry notwithstanding -- unwilling to stick his neck out on reforms that will continue the process of liberalisation he helped start."

"Investors at home and abroad are beginning to get cold feet. Voters too are losing confidence, as rising inflation and a litany of scandals chip away at the government's credibility," said the magazine.

Pachauri is 2nd highest-paid employee in 404-person PMO

Media Hive News Network
New Delhi, July 2, 2012

Recently a tabloid newspaper carries a two-page story on what the prime minister and his key men earn, and it turns out that the PM’s media advisor, Pankaj Pachauri, gets Rs 30,000 less than his master, Manmohan Singh (Rs 1.6 lakh per month).

In fact, with a monthly cheque for Rs 1.3 lakh, Pachauri is the second highest-paid employee, after OSD to PM K Muthu Kumar (Rs 1.44 lakh per month) in the 404-person PMO. The disclosure, made under Section 4 of the RTI (Right to Information) Act that encourages proactive disclosure of information for the sake of transparency, also reveals the salaries of principal secretary Pulok Chatterji,ational advisor Shiv Shankar Menon and the PM's special envoy S K Lambah.

Interestingly, even the man Pachauri reports to, Pulok Chatterji (Rs 92,000), and Shiv Shankar Menon (Rs 1.13 lakh per month), earn less than the PM’s media advisor.

However, role of Pachauri, who worked with NDTV before moving into the PMO in January this year, is of late topic of discussion in media and bureaucratic circle. Pachauri remained incommuncado for the press delegation accompanying Manmohan Singh on his historic trip to Myanmar capital Nay Pyi Taw,a few months back. Pachauri did not also intereact with the media on the PM’s special flight. (Pix courtesy Mail Today)

Print and broadcast media facing advertising squeeze

Abhishek Kumar
Media Hive News Network, June 28, 2012

New Delhi: As the economy grows at a slower pace, advertisers are spending less on brand marketing and promotions. Many advertisers have cut back on budgets for brand marketing and promotions in both print and broadcast media.

According to industry watchers, advertising expenditure growth rates projected earlier this year are being revised down for the industry.

Many advertisers such as real estate, banking, finance and insurance companies are holding on their money while a few others are prefering other media such as on-ground activities and digital.

Recently a leading business newspaper has also carried an in-depth report on the advertisers' shrinking budget. The report had the quotes of marketing honchos of some of the leading newspapers and channels, who accepted that advertisers are signing on for shorter periods and bargaining hard

For newspapers, the advertising squeeze comes at a time when newsprint imports are adding immensely to their cost burden.

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