Even as a question mark hangs over the heads of many editors and journalists, H.R. Ranganath, the chairman and managing director of the newly launched Kannada news channel, Public TV, has declared his assets and liabilities on live television, with his tax consultant sitting alongside him and reading out the list.
Ranganath—former editor of the New Indian Express owned daily Kannada Prabha and the Rajeev Chandrasekhar owned news channel Suvarna News—says he provided the list of his assets and liabilities to his proprietors at his previous ports of call each year, but was only now putting it in the public domain.
Any piece of property over and above those listed by him can be auctioned and the proceeds used for public use, declares Ranganath.
The editor’s assets, as read out by his tax consultant of 15 years, Vijay Rajesh:
# A gift from his mother of four guntas of land in Arkalgud, Hassan
# 1991-92: Partnership in a plot of 13,980 square feet in Mysore
# 2002-03: A house constructed on a 30×40 site in Bangalore
# 2005: A Hyundai Accent car bought on loan
# 2009: A Honda Activa scooter
# 2011: A second-hand 1975 jeep bought last year
# 11,000 shares in Mindtree, 12 shares in Reliance Industries, 15 shares in Kairon
# 250 grams of gold belonging to his wife, 100 grams gifted at the time of marriage, the rest bought over the last 20 years.
Also read: Income, outgo, assets, liabilities, profit, loss
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Is there room for another Kannada news channel?
Interesting that even as I am just in the process of publishing a book on corruption in publishing (and journalism), this move has come about. I think it is laudable. Here is a link to my blog post announcing my book: http://richardcrasta.blogspot.com/2012/02/when-david-davidar-drank-my-wine-new.html
A poor guy!
At least other kannada news channel editors should follow this
I think a far more urgent matter is for media companies to declare their annual financial figures: revenue, expenditure, sources and application of funds, and all the rest of the information in the standard reporting formats available. Right now they have the privilege of accounting confidentiality since most of them are private companies or closely held public companies.
I love Ranganath sir as a tv channel editor. His Knowledge, social justice great!
So many friend of mi.e r fans of him and his talk.
U HAVE A GREAT AHEAD SIR..
SIR.. I REQUEST U TO “BROADCASTE PUBLIC TV CHANNEL IN SUN DIRECT DTH SERVICE”
I’M A BIG FAN OF U AND ALWAYS WANT TO SEE UR NEWS N TALK..
THANK U SIR..
PLZ.. DON’T FORGET MY DEMAND..