Monthly Archives: May 2011

To err is human, to eff up repeatedly is divine

If only they weren’t taken so seriously by TV news channels, election surveys and exit polls should be published on the comics pages, for the unbridled fun they offer—after the declaration of results. Above is The Times of India‘s compositeĀ  infographic of all the surveys done by various TV stations and polling agencies for the…

When Prabhu Chawla called up Amar Singh…

The Supreme Court has lifted a five-year ban on the airing of the infamous Amar Singh CD which, along with the Niira Radia tapes, must be made required listening in journalism schools for the unvarnished view it offers of how politicians, industrialists, bureaucrats, film stars, celebrities, middlemen and journalists operate. Among the two-dozen conversationsĀ  on…

The Times of India, Indiatimes.com and IPL-4

Not so long ago, a much-feared Indian publisher who shall go unnamed wanted the broadband expansion in India to be slowed down because, well, it would woo readers away from his newspaper to the world wide web. Well, the times, they are a-changing. Last month, Indiatimes.com, the internet arm of The Times of India group,…

The woman who happily shot Nehru and Gandhi

India’s first woman photojournalist, Homai Vyarawalla—“Dalda” to her peers, “Mummy” to juniors—who was awarded the nation’s second highest civilian honour, the Padma Vibhushan this year, at an exhibition of her work at national gallery of modern art (NGMA), in Bangalore on Thursday. Photograph: Karnataka Photo News Read the coverage: The Times of India, Bangalore Mirror…

Shekhar Gupta on journalists in Radia tapes

The May issue of the men’s fashion magazine, GQ (for Gentleman’s Quarterly), has a six-page interview with Shekhar Gupta, editor-in-chief of The Indian Express and host of the NDTV 24×7 interview programme Walk the Talk. In a cover-mention titled “Is the Indian Express running out of steam?”, Gupta takes questions from the adman-columnist Anil Thakraney…

Prabhu Chawla: ‘TV is dishing out cheap opinion’

Prabhu Chawla, the editorial director of the New Indian Express, delivered the convocation address to the class of 2011 at the Indian institute of journalism & new media (IIJNM), in Bangalore, on Monday. Chawla’s salient points: # Something is rotten in the state of Indian media: Journalists have forgotten that they must report violations, not…

Thrice bitten, will FT find love after 20 years?

PRITAM SENGUPTA writes from New Delhi: For a newspaper that likes to think it is the handbook for global executives on how to run their businesses, Financial Times hasn’t quite had a textbook entry into India. Twenty years ago, when the doors of the economy were opened ajar and the rumours of the iconic British…

‘The Week’ photographer bags WAN-IFRA gold

Bhanu Prakash Chandra, photographer with The Week magazine, with the gold award in feature photography which he bagged at the 10th annual Asia Media awards hosted by the world association of newspapers and news publishers (WAN-IFRA) in Bangkok on Thursday, 28 April. Chandra earned the award for his pictorial travelogue of a bike journey in…

The “journalist” who offered a Rs 2 crore bribe?

Journalists and media houses are turning out to be key go-betweens and beneficiaries in the 2G spectrum allocation scam that has already seen a Union minister and several corporate honchos go behind bars. Several famous scribes have found themselves on the infamous Niira Radia tapes, at least one journalist’s house has been raided, and a…