IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |17/08/2017

Slate reports that  according to regulatory paperwork filed on August 14, 21st Century Fox paid out about $50 million in the fiscal year that ended on June 30 to cover costs related to a slew of sexual-harassment and discrimination settlements at Fox News. The New York Times  reports that $50 million is $5 million more than what the company said it had paid out as of the end of March. For more on this story see here.                           

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |16/08/2017

Thanks to the Hindu and TOI one knows what it was that the Tripura CM said that DD found unpalatable. Indian Express's long story taken from PTI does not give details, nor does the CM's speech figure in IE's inside page round up of CM's speeches. PTI is known for self censoring stories related to media. The IANS story taken by the Hindu gave more details.         

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |16/08/2017

Scroll.in has run two stories which tell you whether the claims of the Prime Minister from the ramparts of the Red Fort are true, partially true or false. This one checks out his claims on whether his claims on GST, road building, rail track laying, electricity provision, etc. And this one  looks at claims on the achievements of demonetisation.          

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |15/08/2017

The Hindu reports that the Bastar police have named Devsharan Tiwari, a senior journalist with local Hindi newspaper Deshbandhu in the Maoist insurgency-hit region of Chhattisgarh, as a suspect in a criminal case. The case involves a clash between two groups of the Bastar Transport Union.  Tiwari is the fifth journalist from Bastar to face a police investigation in the past two years. The SP quoted in the story say he has been made a suspect because he was among the 22 named by the complainant.                           

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |13/08/2017

The Hoot has received a complaint about a press conference at Haryana Bhavan on July 20 where a seasoned news agency journalist launched into an outburst against the CMD of ONGC  for an exclusive interview he had recently given to a CNBC anchor.  The reporter's tirade was allegedly peppered with unprintable references to favouring mini-skirted journalists. The incident we find did happen. If instant and vociferous censure from all those present was called for, it was not forthcoming.          

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |12/08/2017

The CEO of Rajya Sabha TV has resigned and has been asked to hand over charge of RSTV to the CEO of Prasar Bharati. This is unprecedented. A channel functioning from the house of elders in parliament will now be administered by a body which while being autonomous in theory is effectively answerable to the government of the day.  It may be an interim arrangement, but the Prasar Bharati chairperson Surya Prakash's tweet sounds ominous:"Change is in the air in Rajya Sabha TV" he tweeted.                         

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |12/08/2017
Journalists are having fun digging out Niti Ayog vice chairman appointee Rajiv Kumar's past utterances which contradict each other. This story has examples including one on his views on privatisation of basic services which seem to have changed completely in a week's time. 
                                 
IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |11/08/2017

Pahlaj Nilahani to adman and lyricist Prasoon Joshi is quite a change. But before he gets going in his new job as CBFC chief will the government take a final view on what the CBFC's role should be--certification or censorship?                              

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |09/08/2017

When the politician who was I and B minister till the other day becomes Vice President and the presiding officer in the Rajya Sabha,  RSTV's performance will be scrutinised closely. After Tuesday's drama over the Rajya Sabha elections in Gujarat,  a Wednesday eve discussion on the channel between anchor Kavindra Sachan and senior journalist Ramkripal Singh offered some reassurance. The latter was roundly critical of what had transpired, saying that a party should not go to any length to ensure electoral victory. He added that it was good for the health of the BJP that it did not get the third seat it was aiming for.  

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |06/08/2017

An additional district judge in Delhi ruled last week that the press does not have any exclusive right or special privilege to comment, "criticise or make imputations or allegations which are sufficient to ruin a citizen’s reputation".   PTI reports  that the court’s order came as it restrained the managing editor of a magazine from publishing any libelous articles against a man who has alleged that he was defamed. It also directed the magazine editor and another person to pay Rs 30,000 and Rs 20,000 respectively to the man as “symbolic damages”.  Since PTI never names media outlets in its stories, we do not know which magazine this is.                                  

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Slate reports that  according to regulatory paperwork filed on August 14, 21st Century Fox paid out about $50 million in the fiscal year that ended on June 30 to cover costs related to a slew of sexual-harassment and discrimination settlements at Fox News. The New York Times  reports that $50 million is $5 million more than what the company said it had paid out as of the end of March. For more on this story see here.                           

Thanks to the Hindu and TOI one knows what it was that the Tripura CM said that DD found unpalatable. Indian Express's long story taken from PTI does not give details, nor does the CM's speech figure in IE's inside page round up of CM's speeches. PTI is known for self censoring stories related to media. The IANS story taken by the Hindu gave more details.         

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