IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |17/08/2018
Around 1300 newspapers have benefitted from full page colour insertions by The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting  commemorating former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.  Some also got a full page insertion from the govt of Rajasthan. DAVP also worked to ensure that the blog the PM had penned got published, reaching out to some 125 newspapers late in the evening. Most of them obliged.               
IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |16/08/2018
Doordarshan News did not adhere to Prasar Bharati's existing police guidelines of not covering political party functions live on August 15 this year, reportsThe Print.  It telecast live BJP president Amit Shah's efforts to unfurl the national flag at the BJP headquarters. Unfortunately for Mr Shah DD only succeeded in telecasting to the world his gaffe in pulling at the wrong rope which made the flag fall to the ground before it was unfurled, reports the website.      
 
IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |15/08/2018

Former journalist and AAP politician Ashutosh's resignation from his party announced on Twitter on August 15 is followed by another tweet: "To media friends. Please respect my privacy. I won’t be giving any bite of any kind. Please cooperate." His resignation he says is "purely from a very very personal reason."                     

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |13/08/2018
Well-known cartoonist Satish Acharya took to Facebook to say that his column with Mail Today ended after multiple attempts to censor his work. The latest was a cartoon on China's growing influence in the sub-continent, rejected because it was ostensibly 'defeatist'. Ironically, he said  cartoons critical of BJP President Amit Shah featured on the latter's personal website, which makes us wonder if this was another case of crawling when asked to  bend!                      
IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |09/08/2018

Is the ubiquitous ABP proprietor occupying the newsroom after the exit of top editors? The channel, covering the death of DMK leader M Karunanidhi today had this headline: "Karnatak se 5 baar CM rahe the Karunanidhi!' (Karunanidhi was a five-time CM of Karnataka).             

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |07/08/2018

The Tribune, Chandigarh is laying off contract journalists. On August 6, some five people including outstation correspondents were asked to go with a month's pay in lieu of notice. They were promised that their dues would be cleared in a fortnight.                      

 

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |06/08/2018
The resignation of the ABP anchor  Punya Prasun Bajpai according to a piece by him in The Wire followed explicit instructions from the proprietor (presumably Arup Sarkar though Bajpai does not name him) to not mention PM Modi in his show 'Masterstroke' or to even carry any pictures of him.  Bajpai refers to one edition of the show which reported on famers being forced to part with their land for an Adani power project.                     
IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |04/08/2018

Brajesh Thakur, the kingpin of the horrific Muzaffarnagar child shelter rapes, is a former journalist and member of the state accreditation committee, reports said. Media organisations need to ask themselves how he got there and what kind of power he wielded. Thakur, who was arrested on Saturday, ran a local daily, Pratah Kamal,  and was a member of several state-level media committees, including the press accreditation, Press Information Bureau and the Bihar assembly press committee.                                

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |02/08/2018
Media circles are abuzz with the exit of Milind Khandekar, Punya Prasun Bajpai and Abhisar Sharma from ABP News.  There had been reports that the government was annoyed at the channel's coverage of  Prime Minister Modi's Chhattisgarh visit, which said that women he interacted with had been tutored by officials. An ANI  report said that the woman who was quoted has stoutly denied that she was tutored, and has corrected what was reported by the TV channel.                                                 
IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |01/08/2018
Two journalists of Mathrubhumi, KK Saji and Bibin Babu, died when their boat capsized in Kariyar river in Kerala. According to reports, a four member team of journalists had gone to report the plight of monsoon-affected people staying in a relief camp, when their boat capsized. Local residents rescued Mathrubhumi News Kottayam bureau chief KB Sreedharan, cameraman Abhilash S Nair and ferryman Abhilash.                      
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Around 1300 newspapers have benefitted from full page colour insertions by The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting  commemorating former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.  Some also got a full page insertion from the govt of Rajasthan. DAVP also worked to ensure that the blog the PM had penned got published, reaching out to some 125 newspapers late in the evening. Most of them obliged.               
Doordarshan News did not adhere to Prasar Bharati's existing police guidelines of not covering political party functions live on August 15 this year, reportsThe Print.  It telecast live BJP president Amit Shah's efforts to unfurl the national flag at the BJP headquarters. Unfortunately for Mr Shah DD only succeeded in telecasting to the world his gaffe in pulling at the wrong rope which made the flag fall to the ground before it was unfurled, reports the website.      
 
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