“Full Disclosure” is an alien concept in Indian media where edit masquerading as ads, ads masquerading as edit, editors masquerading as party spokesmen, conflict of interest, etc, all cohabit in a blissful orgy. Rarely is the reader or viewer told if there is a slippery wheel within a wheel, as if news consumers have an allergy to it.
Former Business India editor Omkar Goswami now has a show titled Question Time on NDTV’s business channel, Profit. Last week, he interviewed “one of the cleverest persons I’ve had the pleasure to know”, Nandan Nilekani, one of the founders of the Information Technology giant, Infosys.
Full disclosure No. 1: Infosys co-founder N.R. Narayana Murthy is an independent director on NDTV’s board.
Full disclosure No. 2: Omkar Goswami is an independent director on the board of Infosys.
Maybe, neither disclosure is required because both interviewer and interviewee are stellar professionals in their own right. Maybe, neither disclosure would have added to the body of knowledge at the viewers disposal. Maybe, the viewer is just not interested in these details.
The truth is no one important in the business world watches NDTV PROFIT. Only CNBC TV18 matters in this genre. So why clarify or disclose?