Monthly Archives: January 2011

NDTV, CNN-IBN and Mani Shankar Aiyar “Live”

Reader Kollery S. Dharan forwards two screengrabs, shot with his mobile phone, of the 10 pm shows of NDTV 24×7 and CNN-IBN on Thursday, 13 January 2011. Both channels carry the “live” logo on the top right-hand corner. And “live” on both channels at the same time on the same day is the diplomat-turned-politician Mani…

To get you the right angle, they sit at mad angles

Newspaper photographers bend, kneel down and squat to take a bottom-up view of Infosys chief executive officer and managing director, “Kris” Gopalakrishnan in Bangalore on Thursday. The IT bellwether’s third-quarter results, which were below expectations of Dalal Street, pushed down the 30-stock Bombay sensitive index, Sensex, by 350 points. Photograph: Karnataka Photo News

Student research internships at ‘The Hoot’

The media website Hoot is offering five short-term research internships for studentsto be completed between January and March 2011. The internships are open to undergraduate and post graduate students from any part of the country. Each intership is for Rs 10,000. Proposals have to be related to Indian regional media, in English or a regional…

Nakkheeran journo denies wife worked for Radia

When the central bureau of investigation (CBI) raided the offices and residences of disgraced telecom minister A. Raja‘s associates in mid-December, ostensibly to get to the bottom of the 2G spectrum allocation scam, Nakkheeran journalist A. Kamaraj found himself smack bang in the middle of a Tehelka story. The latest issue of the magazine carries…

Press Club Bombay invites cricket, crime writers

PRESS RELEASE: The Press Club of Bombay is inviting entries from Indian print and digital journalists for cricket writing and crime reporting in memory of two former members, K.N. Prabhu and Pradeep Shinde. The K.N. Prabhu award for cricket writing and the Pradeep Shinde award for best crime story will both carry a cash prize…

Salmaan Taseer: The Tavleen Singh connection

Indian media reports of the assassination of the Pakistani politician Salmaan Taseer have been deferentially silent on his “Indian connection”—his dalliance with the columnist Tavleen Singh. Although Twitter is abuzz, most newspapers (including The Indian Express, which carries Singh’s column on Sundays) have preferred to ignore any mention of the cross-border connection. Except… An IANS…

Since flattery is best expressed thro’ imitation—II

The Superman metaphor makes it to the cover of two Indian magazines in the space of three months. Left: The October 2010 cover of Pragati. Designers: Aditya Dipankar and Anuj Agarwal. Right: The December 2010 cover of Forbes India. Designers: Arindam Duttgupta and Benu Joshi Routh. Also read: Since flattery is best expressed through imitation…

Pradeep Vijayakar, a Times man till death: RIP

sans serif records the demise of Pradeep Vijayakar, the longtime sports correspondent of The Times of India, on Saturday, 1 January 2011. Vijayakar had been suffering from cancer of the pancreas and had been ailing for some time. He would have turned 60 in five days’ time. Vijayakar, who started his career with Sportsweek, had…

Can Barkha pronounce Vazhaippazha Kudiarasu?

In DNA, Venkatesan Vembu lists his 10 over-the-top wishes for 2011. And coming in at No. 6 is Barkha Dutt quitting NDTV and joining…. Why? Here’s why: “Tired of being branded a Congress go-between for her professional “error of judgement” in her dealings with Niira Radia, Barkha Dutt quits NDTV, and is snapped up by…