Tag Archives: Doordarshan

18 things you didn’t know about ANI, from the ‘The Ken’ and ‘The Caravan’ profiles of the video news agency to which Narendra Modi has given four interviews in five years

When the letters “ANI” stare at viewers in virtually every news clip; when the prime minister gives the agency his first “interview” of the year; when an opposition leader calls the interviewer “pliable”, naturally somebody is going to ask how “Advani News International”, as it used to be once derisively called, became the go-to media…

‘Being a South Indian, his Hindi was immaculate’

sans serif records the demise of J.V. Raman, the Delhi University economics professor who read the news in Hindi, on Doordarshan, back in the days when the state-owned channel was the only TV news vehicle. Mr Raman taught at the capital’s Rajdhani College, whose website proudly records that he was among the college teachers associated…

A rash I&B ministry “advisory” to TV, print media

When he was health minister in the UPA’s first term, Anbumani Ramadoss made it mandatory for movies and TV channels to show the statutory warning against smoking and drinking each time someone on screen lit a cigarette or sipped a drink. The Telegraph reports that the NDA’s information and broadcasting ministry under Prakash Javadekar has…

Tarun Tejpal, Manish Tewari and relief at PBC

From Off the Record, the Monday gossip column in Deccan Herald: “Tehelka editor Tarun Tejpal‘s fall from grace has brought a sense of “divine justice” in Prasar Bharati, where the invisible presence of Tejpal—thanks to his closeness to the information and broadcasting minister Manish Tewari—was one of the contributing factors behind a long-standing “difference of…

Headlines Today claims it’s overtaken Times Now

In a non-stop season of scams, you would expect television watchers to switch on private TV stations to get the plain, unvarnished truth? Well, think again. Hindustan Times once again reports that the most-watched news shows between 8 pm and 10 pm are those on the state-owned Doordarshan News. The paper reports that the 8…

India’s most-watched TV news show at 9 pm is…

India’s most-watched TV news show at 9 pm is, pinch yourself, DD News! Hindustan Times reports in its gossip columns that News Night: “the primetime news show [on DD News] between 9 pm and 10 pm topped the TAM ratings last week with 66% market share, four times the channel which comes next.” Interesting, if…

‘TV news full of non-issues. So, we don’t think’

S.M.A. Kazmi, the Urdu and Persian journalist arrested in February 2012 for his alleged involvement in the attack on an Israeli embassy vehicle, and released on bail eight months later, is set to launch an Urdu daily titled Quami Salamati (national security). In an interview in the latest issue of Tehelka magazine, Kazmi answers what…

Sharp, sensitive, substantive (conditions apply)

The Congress-led UPA’s election-eve attempt—like the BJP-led NDA’s attempt in 2004—to revive  Doordarshan News has come a cropper. The Indian Express has an editorial: “Less than two months after a splashy advertisement campaign championing Doordarshan’s new-look daily prime-time news bulletin, Ajai Shukla, the anchor/editor of its English-language segment, has put in his papers. The resignation…

The poll straws, they are a-blowin’ in DD News

To predict the meteorological weather, you have Mausam Bhavan. To predict the political weather, you have Doordarshan. Before every general election, the government happily dips into the pockets of taxpayers and pumps in crores of rupees to revamp the supposedly “autonomous” broadcast behemoth. And so it is in the year of the lord, 2013. Under…

Brajesh Mishra, Outlook, Indian Express and DD

The passing away of the former national security advisor and former foreign service officer Brajesh Mishra last week has resulted in a welter of tributes, many very mushy, a few critical, but almost all of them throwing light on the uncomfortable influence that the Vajpayee aide held over the media—and the chummy friendship that some…

How many blind people has Indian media hired?

Given the rapacious human resource (HR) practises of most profit-first newspapers, magazines and TV stations (which are otherwise lecturing the world on corporate social responsibility), there are few handicapped people on their rolls and even fewer facilities for them. Bangalore’s oldest English newspaper, Deccan Herald, is an outstanding exception. On Louis Braille‘s birthday, L. Subramani…

It’s never too late to professionalise AIR, DD

Image: courtesy Hindustan Times Also read: Who really named All India Radio as Akashvani? How Doordarshan was launched for all of Rs 4 lakh Pratima Puri, India’s first TV news reader passes away Amita Malik, the first lady of Indian media, passes away Salman Sultan: on TV anniversary, no monkeying around Tejeshwar Singh: A baritone…

The Paid News of India: a DD News docu film

MEDIA RELEASE: “Advertorial: Selling News or Products?“, a documentary film on the blurring of the line between editorial and advertising in Indian news media, will be telecast on Wednesday, November 25, at 10.30 pm on Doordarshan News. The film, directed by journalist and academic Paranjoy Guha Thakurta (in picture), has been produced by the Public…

How a TV station was launched with Rs 4 lakh

How The Hindu reported the birth of India’s public television broadcaster 50 years ago. The terrestrial station went on air on 15 September but the report appeared in the newspaper two days later. Launched under the banner of All India Radio (AIR), it later attained its own brandname, Doordarshan. DD’s trademark signature, first brought to…

On India’s TV anniversary, no monkeying around

The 50th anniversary of the inception of terrestrial television in India provided the occasion for one of Doordarshan’s most famous faces, Salma Sultan, to enter the studios of the satellite whipper-snappers. Talking to Barkha Dutt on NDTV 24×7, Ms Sultan recounted the harrowing experience of having to read from the teleprompter and the challenge of…

“TV channels stump particle/ astrophysicists”

“EVERY CHANNEL NOW ENJOYS HIGHEST VIEWERSHIP“ The game of up-onemanship—yes, you read that right, up-onemanship—between Indian television stations on who is behind them, and at what micro-second of the day, has become a bit of a joke. Many have caught it, of course, but only GAUTAMA P. has been smart enough to decide to do…

Amita Malik, the ‘first lady of Indian media’, RIP

sans serif records with regret the passing away of Amita Malik, the radio journalist who grew to be one of India’s leading film and media critics, in New Delhi, on Friday. She was 86 years old. Often referred to as “the first lady of Indian media“, Ms Malik conducted path-breaking interviews with luminaries like Satyajit…

How come media did not spot Satyam fraud?

A requiem for Indian business journalism, in the delightfully breathless style of Juan Antonio Giner, founder-director, Innovation International Media: ‘Satyam’, meaning truth. India’s fourth largest software services provider. The darling of Hyderabad. An outsourcing company with 53,000 employees that serviced 185 of the Fortune 500 companies in 66 countries. A company which now says 50.4…

When the blind told the world what it was up to

*** Chandana, the Kannada television channel of India’s State-owned national broadcaster, Doordarshan, created history of sorts by getting three visually challenged persons to anchor news bulletins through the day on Sunday, 4 January 2009. The heart-warming move was made to mark the bi-centenary of Louis Braille, the man who invented the script for the blind,…

Behind a very successful face there is a woman

Prannoy Roy‘s NDTV (New Delhi Television) turned 20 years old yesterday, and the channel’s best known face used the occasion to pay a rich and heart-warming tribute to its least known one: co-founder and life partner, Radhika Roy, with a clip from The World This Week, which made its debut as a half-hour show on…