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Arnab Goswami, India wants to know, do you…?

The interjections, the Apsara pencil in your face, the six windows on the screen… they are all there on online store Flipkart’s new TV campaign, based on Times Now‘s editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami. Also read: Arnab Goswami finally, finally, joins Twitter ‘Arnab Goswami is corrective to babalog media’ How a martyr’s wife changed Arnab Goswami‘s outlook

‘UFO’ sends South Indian papers into a tizzy

PALINI R. SWAMY writes from Bangalore: Two south Indian newspapers, the Malayala Manorama (in picture, above) and the New Indian Express, have reported the sighting of an unidentified flying object (UFO) in Kannur district in Kerala. According to Manorama, the picture was taken by Major Sebastian Zachariah, an Indian army officer serving on the UN…

The capital ‘I’ returns to The Times of India

The capital ‘I’ doesn’t appear on the pages of The Times of India, not on the edit page, not on the commentary page. That’s one way of keeping commentators from preening in the first-person. And that’s by order from the very top. But as the paper turns 175 and launches the ‘I Lead India‘ campaign…

Express journo who broke Agusta Westland scam

After chasing the Agusta Westland scam for several months, the Indian Express has an explosive story on its front page today, that points fingers at the former air chief marshal, S.P. Tyagi. The paper’s defence correspondent Manu Pubby explains all in this YouTube, even as the scion of the Express group, Anant Goenka, posts his kudos.…

How Hindu aimed at The Times but shot DNA

It is never a pretty sight when a giant wakes up after a nice, long slumber. After snoring through the thinly veiled insinuations of The Times of India that it was a sleeping inducing newspaper, The Hindu has woken up with a jolt through three TV, super-aggressive commercials that are already airing on television channels…

IRS sparks TOI-Mumbai Mirror vs DNA-HT battle

Mumbai Mirror was launched seven years ago to protect The Times of India from the new kids on the block, DNA and Hindustan Times, on its hometurf. TOI says the latest Indian Readership Survey (IRS) puts Mirror‘s average issue readership (AIR) at 7.54 lakh copies, ahead of both DNA and HT. In Mumbai, TOI remained…

Ravi Dhariwal: Reader is king, reader is the CEO

Ravi Dhariwal, the chief executive officer of The Times of India group, on why Indian newspapers still continue to be successful unlike in western markets. “Coming from an FMCG background, fundamentally the first thing that I look at is, is it good for our consumers? Is it good for our advertisers and customers? The traditional…

How The Times of India entered Madurai

When it launched its Madras edition three years ago, the 173-year-old Times of India did what its chief competitor, the 132-year-old Hindu wouldn’t be caught dead doing. Which is, associate its masthead with a “mass” gaana song—Naaka mukka—from a Tamil movie. Now, to launch its Madurai edition, ToI goes one step (and several dappan kootu…

Without you, where would we in the media be?

In 2006, Time magazine declared that the person of the year was you, yes, you—a smart way of acknowledging the rise of Wikipedia, YouTube, MySpace and other crowd-sourced media avenues in the internet era. In 2011,  Web18, the internet arm of Raghav Bahl‘s Network18, which has launched a heavily promoted website called First Post—an assemblage…

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 conversations  on…

Why Chinese children are learning Hindi

Indian publishers are relentlessly cutting expenditure. Meanwhile, The Economist “newspaper”—one of the few profitable publications even during the downturn—unveils its maiden television campaign in India. View another Economist TVC here Link via Chetan Krishnaswamy *** Also read: If it catches your eye, surely the ad’s working? Funny joke from a balding journalist-blogger* How to get…

How US forces hunted down Reuters staffers

In July 2007, two employees of the Reuters news agency were among several killed in Iraq when US military forces opened fire on them. Saeed Chmagh, 40, a driver with the agency with a wife and four children, and Namir Noor-Eldeen, 22, a war photographer, were among those killed. The US military claimed the victims…

How Kremlin trapped ‘Newsweek Russia’ editor

The editor of Newsweek Russia, Mikhail Fishman, has been surreptitiously filmed snorting what appears to be a line of cocaine and sitting on a sofa next to a woman wearing only a t-shirt, in what is being described as a “honeytrap” laid by Kremlin to ensnare critics. The video has surfaced on YouTube (the operative…

Hit and Rann: ‘I want to expose the media’

A television promo for the next Amitabh Bachchan starrer Rann, a movie “about the highly competitive world of television news reporting in India“. Directed by the maverick Ram Gopal Varma, Rann is reportedly an insider’s account of how TRP-thirsty news channels manipulate and sensationalise stories. “I am going to expose the media in this film…

The story of 3,285 days in 2 min and 92 covers

The American Society of Magazine Editors and the Magazine Publishers of America video of the “first decade” of the 21st century—through magazine covers. Sadly, the last year of the decade isn’t counted, since the first decade formally ends on 31 December 2010. Link courtesy Jim Romenesko

Thankfully, it was just a soggy tennis ball

Cricket reporters are full of advice in their reports on what went wrong and what should have been done. But how good are they facing what they dish out? In this 2007 video, New Zealand journalist Andrew Keoghan took guard against the world’s fastest indoor cricket bowler and survived—just about—to tell the tale. Link courtesy…

Could the media end up killing Barack Obama?

Al Jazeera’s media show The Listening Post on how 24×7 media is dangerously inflaming passions against US President Barack Obama with lies, untruths, rhetoric—a little like the way a newspaper advertisement greeted John F. Kennedy the day he arrived in Dallas in 1963. Also read: How global media covered Barack Obama inauguration ‘The media’s obsession…

The quest for the first blogger on planet earth

Was it Dave Weiner? Ranjit Bhatnagar? Montaigne? Julius Caesar, perhaps? Scott Rosenberg, author of say everything, says the qeust for the first blogger is, in the end, an infinite recursion; each candidate a pointer to one before. And the search is as futile as searching for the first poet, first playwright, first novelist, or even…

‘If the reader is second to advertiser, you’ve lost’

At the Toronto international film festival, documentary film maker Michael Moore drops some pearls on the state of newspapers: “In Europe, Japan and other countries, for many—most—of their newspapers, the primary source of funding is circulation, advertising second. In our country [the United States] advertising is the primary source of funding, circulation second. “Any time…