Tag Archives: Times Now

Anna Hazare: 17 TV interviews over 11 hours

Exclusive interview with Barkha Dutt on NDTV 24×7. Exclusive interview with Rajdeep Sardesai on CNN-IBN. Exclusive interview with Rahul Kanwal on Headlines Today. “Live” exclusive interview with Arnab Goswami at “8.23 pm” on Times Now…. It was all in a day’s work for anti-corruption campaigner Anna Hazare on Tuesday, 13 September, as he rolled out…

Is the media manufacturing middle-class dissent?

PRITAM SENGUPTA writes from Delhi: The media coverage of the Anna Hazare-led anti-corruption movement, like the movement itself, is a story in two parts—and both show the perils of the watchdog becoming the lapdog in diametrically opposite ways. In Act I, Scene I enacted at Jantar Mantar in April, sections of the Delhi media unabashedly…

Ex-Star News, ToI journos behind ‘Arnab Spring’

In today’s Mail Today, Headlines Today executive editor Rahul Kanwal adds another name to the roster of journalists working with the Anna Hazare campaign against corruption: former Star News anchor Shazia Ilmi. He also throws light on the media strategy adopted by the team to craft India’s “Arnab Spring”: # Never start a press meet…

‘Business TV channels obsessed with breasts’

Mint editor R.Sukumar: “Cleavage,” he said…. Big ones, he said, moving his hands out till they were at least 10 inches in front of his chest…. The person, who worked for a business news channel, was telling me why the channel had hired a certain anchor for its morning stock market show…. I didn’t pay…

‘Star News ne Baba ko LIVE dekha’

As Baba Ramdev‘s fast was abruptly ended and the yogi shifted to Dehradun in great secrecy, Star News had a breaking news slide: “Star News ne Baba ko LIVE dekha“. Meanwhile, Sunday’s Indian Express provides some evidence that the preferred newschannel in the corridors of power may be changing in Lutyen’s Delhi.

Which is why ‘Times Now’ didn’t do an exit poll?

The verdict in the assembly elections to the five States has been signed, sealed and delivered, but the battle is still on between the English TV news channels, with both Times Now and CNN-IBN making contrasting claims of their leadership on E-day and the accuracy of their exit poll and survey predictions. As the former…

‘Rabid, right-wing, Fox News on Acid.’ Yet 74%?

A news item on the business pages of The Times of India: Times Now most viewed during PM press conference Mumbai: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh‘s televised news conference last week was most watched on Times Now. According to rating agency TAM, 74% viewers among 25-plus males in big cities watched the PM on Times Now.…

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…

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…

Arnab Goswami edges out Barkha on power list

NDTV group editor Barkha Dutt is the big media dropout from Indian Express‘s 2011 list of the 100 most powerful Indians. Dutt, who entered the ranking at No. 82 last year, has made way for her former colleague, Times Now editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami, who enters at No. 90. Barring Arnab and Star India CEO Uday…

The Times of India and the Commonwealth Games

PRITAM SENGUPTA writes from Delhi: The year of the lord 2010 has seen the The Times of India in uber-aggressive mode. The nation’s largest English daily that rarely ever wants to “afflict the comfortable” despite its size, reach, reputation, resources and influence, has pulled out all stops in exposing the murky IPL dealings of Lalit…

Yes, Arnab Goswami is TV journalist of the year

The full list of the winners of the Ramnath Goenka excellence in journalism awards for 2008-09. Print journalist of the year: Siddharth Varadarajan of The Hindu Broadcast journalist of the year: Arnab Goswami of Times Now After presenting the awards, the President of India, Pratibha Patil, outlined “crisis of content and triumph of the trivial”…

‘Indian media doesn’t value factual reporting’

Of all the documentaries built around the November 26, 2008 siege of Bombay, none has quite matched the buzz created by Dan Reed for Channel 4. Partly because it was the first of the lot; largely because it contained eyepopping footage including of the lone surviving terrorist Ajmal Kasab (in picture) being interrogated. In an…

There’s a new ism in town, and it’s Arnab-ism

The Indian government’s “Operation Green Hunt” to track down Maoists—described by prime minister Manmohan Singh as the “gravest internal threat facing India”—is the flavour of the season in newspapers, magazines, and on TV stations. In reporting from the ground; publishing long essays; interviewing key players in studios; debating the whys and the wherefores of various…

It ain’t over till the fat lady & the slim boy sing

The latest round of State elections has ended with a clear victor in each State, but the bragging rights has only just begun. CNN-IBN, quoting Television Audience Measurement (TAM) ratings, claims it was “India’s most watched English news channel across audience groups across India on polling day. The channel was the leader in all-India market…

Around 2.40 pm, Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Screenshots of four English news channels (NDTV, CNN-IBN, Times Now, News X) and four Telugu news channels (Saakshi, TV9, TV5, Gemini News), around 2.40 pm on the day the Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y.S. Rajashekhara Reddy‘s helicopter went missing. The top screen proclaiming the missing chief minister “safe” is of Saakshi, the channel owned by…

“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…

It happened one night on the day of the eclipse

PRITAM SENGUPTA writes from New Delhi: Chalk and cheese can never taste the same. Bill O’Reilly can never be confused for Walter Cronkite. But, on the night of the longest solar eclipse in the 21st century, probably because of it, something close happened on Indian TV. Prannoy Roy (right), the calm and cultivated voice of…

When only one side of the conversation is “live”

“Breaking News” lost its meaning on Indian television a long time ago. Now, the meaning “Live” is in danger, too. It is not uncommon to find the same talking heads on different TV stations holding forth on the same topic at the same time on the same day. But an even more questionable “live” procedure…