Monthly Archives: July 2011

Look, who transcribed the PM’s press meet!

Prime minister Manmohan Singh‘s much-ballyhooed powwow with newspaper editors last week is now so last week. The interaction barely has any recall today but for the off-the-record boo-boo over Bangladeshis being anti-Indian that went on the record for a hours and became a diplomatic issue for a few hours. The official transcript was soon corrected,…

‘Zee is the only news channel making money’

The mention of TV news in India brings up the usual names among news aficionados—Times Now, NDTV 24×7 and NDTV India, Aaj Tak and Headlines Today, CNN-IBN and IBN Awaaz, et al. But there is another player in the ring from India’s oldest satellite network. And Zee News, says its CEO Punit Goenka, is the…

Why Aravind Adiga prefers to be unemployed

Aravind Adiga, the Booker Prize-winning author of The White Tiger, has a new novel out, Last Man in Tower. In an interview with Yogesh Vajpeyi of The Sunday Standard, Adiga, a former correspondent of Time magazine in India, is asked the question. Any plans of reverting to journalism? No, I’m quite happy being unemployed. Why…

In which Julian Assange gives it to MasterCard

20 secure phones to assist in staying anonymous: $5,000 Fighting legal cases across five countries: $one million Upkeep of servers in over 40 countries: $200,000 Donations lost due to banking blockade: $15 million Added cost due to house arrest: $500,000 Watching the world as a result of your work: priceless. Also read: How The Hindu…

‘Indira exploited Western media outrage in ’75’

William Rees-Mogg, the former editor of The Times, London, on the Emergency of 1975 and media censorship, in his book, Memoirs, to be published by Harper Collins on July 7: “We attacked in a Times leader Mrs Indira Gandhi‘s suspension of Indian democracy. I only saw Mrs Gandhi once. She was insufferably arrogant, and very…

In the digital era, affection of the analog kind

She is the doyenne of news photography in India; the country’s first woman news photographer. He is the master of magazine and feature photography. Little wonder, when Raghu Rai met Homai Vyarawalla at the launch of a new line of digital cameras in Bombay on Thursday, it was a manna from heaven for lensmen. Photograph:…

‘Kannada Prabha’ is now Rajeev Chandrasekhar’s

Kannada Prabha, the Kannada daily established by Ramnath Goenka, has a new owner from today, 1 July 2011: mobile phone baron turned businessman and member of Parliament, Rajeev Chandrasekhar. Chandrasekhar’s Jupiter Media & Entertainment Ventures¬† began the creeping acquisition of Kannada Prabha, valued at Rs 250 crore, through a “strategic business alliance” with¬†Kannada Prabha Publications…