Tag Archives: Niira Radia

One more claimant for the 2G spectrum scam

It is the year of the lord, 2011, but it is still not too late to claim credit for the 2G spectrum allocation scam. Nearly a week after the disgraced telecom minister A. Raja was arrested, marking the end of the beginning of the scam, today’s Indian Express carries a five-ad campaign saluting its sister…

‘Why Barkha Dutt needn’t return her Padma Sri’

Anurag Batra, editor-in-chief of the exchange4media group, in the industry journal, Impact: “Prabhu Chawla was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2003. What’s fascinating is that between 2006 and 2009, six journalists were awarded the Padma Sri: Sucheta Dalal, Mrinal Pande, Vinod Dua, Rajdeep Sardesai, Barkha Dutt and Abhay Chhajlani, and one Padma Bhushan, Shekhar Gupta…

Times Now. Times Now. Times Now. Times Now.

The reason more people eat hen’s eggs, rather than duck’s eggs which are arguably tastier, is that the poor, overworked hen not only lays the egg but also goes around proclaiming that it has laid one. Arnab Goswami has clearly read the old advertising principle. After the disgraced former telecom minister A. Raja was arrested…

Vir Sanghvi & Barkha Dutt: “We were targeted”

Society, the monthly lifestyle magazine of the Magna group owned by Nari Hira, has a cover story on Vir Sanghvi and Barkha Dutt in its January 2011 issue. For the first time, the two journalists most affected by the Niira Radia tapes, appear on the same platform. In his 3-page interview, Sanghvi states: “I am…

Prabhu Chawla: A post-dated announcement

A front-page notice appearing in The New Sunday Express, the Sunday edition of the Madras-based The New Indian Express, on 23 January 2011, announcing the arrival of former India Today editor Prabhu Chawla as the editorial director of the paper. Chawla, who also hosted the Seedhi Baat show on the Aaj Tak channel, has launched…

Cash transfer scheme is already here for journos

A preferential allotment of a house or a house site to a journalist (or media house) can now be ferreted out by an RTI application. A car or a SUV is a moving advertisement. A harmless retainership for the lawyer-son can be cruelly outed by the Niira Radia tapes. A free ride in a Reliance…

Nakkheeran journo denies wife worked for Radia

When the central bureau of investigation (CBI) raided the offices and residences of disgraced telecom minister A. Raja‘s associates in mid-December, ostensibly to get to the bottom of the 2G spectrum allocation scam, Nakkheeran journalist A. Kamaraj found himself smack bang in the middle of a Tehelka story. The latest issue of the magazine carries…

Can Barkha pronounce Vazhaippazha Kudiarasu?

In DNA, Venkatesan Vembu lists his 10 over-the-top wishes for 2011. And coming in at No. 6 is Barkha Dutt quitting NDTV and joining…. Why? Here’s why: “Tired of being branded a Congress go-between for her professional “error of judgement” in her dealings with Niira Radia, Barkha Dutt quits NDTV, and is snapped up by…

It’s official: Prabhu Chawla out of India Today

Former India Today editor Prabhu Chawla‘s mysterious mass email to all contacts in his addressbook without announcing his next port of call: *** HI, This is to inform you that after 14 years in India Today, I am moving on. Next month, I will be joining an established multi-languages and multi-editions media organization. I will…

CNN-IBN in row over “fake” Twitter comments

Every single media implosion in recent months—be it Barkha Dutt‘s response to criticism of her 26/11 coverage or her response to the Niira Radia tapes, or Rajdeep Sardesai‘s defence of Vir Sanghvi and Dutt as president of the editors’ guild—has only underlined how cut off old media is from the new and how it is…

Journalist’s house raided in 2G spectrum scam

Journalistic tongues in Delhi have wagged unabashedly after finding the voices of Vir Sanghvi, Barkha Dutt and Prabhu Chawla in the Niira Radia tapes in the 2G spectrum allocation scam, but the first big piece of action seems to have come from Tamil Nadu in the deep south. The residence of A. Kamaraj, the associate…

Barkha Dutt tarred by pure malice: Khushwant

Battered by one and all but one, Barkha Dutt, the NDTV anchor caught on tape in l’affaire Niira Radia, gets some much-needed support, but from the dirty old man of Indian journalism, her Hindustan Times co-columnist Khushwant Singh. But unlike the editors guild president Rajdeep Sardesai who blamed it on “envy”, Singh attributes it to…

Why Ratan Tata hired Niira Radia’s services

In his open letter three days ago to Ratan Tata, the Rajya Sabha member with media interests, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, asked why a corporate house like the Tatas, “with its sterling character and reputation requires outside lobbyists to lobby on their behalf.” In his open letter to Chandrasekhar, Tata provides the answer on the woman whose…

After the Radia tapes, the B. Raman letters!

The Barkha Dutt kerfuffle has sparked an amusing sideshow, featuring a quick-on-the-draw strategic affairs specialist and the editor of  a soon-to-be launched financial newspaper. B. Raman, a former additional secretary of Research & Analysis Wing, who currently heads the quaintly named “Institute For Topical Studies in Madras, wrote a 12-point defence of Barkha Dutt last…

SMS IPUB4 to 51818* for Journalist of the Year

  The publication of the Niira Radia tapes by Outlook* and Open magazines has seen the usual clutch of usual suspects—and “suspects” many of them truly are—hog the limelight and shine in reflected glory. All, except J. Gopikrishnan of The Pioneer, the journalist who (aside from Paranjoy Guha Thakurta) kept pegging away at the 2G…

When Rajdeep Sardesai got it left, right & centre

PRITAM SENGUPTA writes from New Delhi: There were two “key takeaways”—as TV anchors remind us every night, two “key takeaways”—from the post-Niira Radia chintan baithak organised by  the Editors Guild of India, the Press Club of India, and the Indian Women’s Press Corps (IWPC) in New Delhi on Friday. The first takeaway is what the…

HT strips Vir Sanghvi of editorial advisory role

Have the Niira Radia tapes claimed their first journalistic victim? Last Sunday, columnist and anchor Vir Sanghvi announced that his weekly ‘Counterpoint’ point in the Hindustan Times would be taking a breather. Today, Archna Shukla of the Indian Express reports that his designation as “Advisory Editorial Director, HT Media” has been changed to “Advisor, HT…

Is it really so difficult to say sorry, maaf karo?

Nearly 30 years after it was made on a shorter than shoestring budget, the Kundan Shah-directed caper Jaane bhi do yaaro remains one of Bollywood’s most loved movies, presciently squatting at the 2010 intersection of politicians, businessmen and journalists a la Niira Radiagate. In JBDY, two commercial photographers (played by Naseeruddin Shah and the late…

Opinion poll: India’s most trusted media outlet?

With a cloud of suspicion hovering over the credibility of the bold-faced names of Indian media following the Niira Radia tapes—and institutional disasters such as paid news, private treaties, medianet and the lot—it was just a matter of time before someone twisted the knife even further. Offstumped, the right-of-centre blog that claims to offer “commentary…

‘A too-argumentative Barkha squanders chance’

Barkha Dutt, the “massively influential but ethically embattled” NDTV anchor subjected herself to an inquisition last night in a bid to extricate her credibility after the Niira Radia tapes were outed by Outlook* and Open magazines. Unlike her well-lit Buck Stops Here set, NDTV situated the interrogation in a dark and spooky set, and the…