Assertive I and B

IN Media Watch Briefs | 13/08/2015

The public broadcaster should not carry news which criticises the government? Even when it is by a state chief minister?  When did that become the norm?  ET reports that officials of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting pulled up the director general of All India Radio for carrying a report on the Editors' Guild criticism of the government's show cause notice to three TV channels on the Yakub Memon coverage. Apparently AIR has also been ticked off in the recent past for airing criticism by Manipur CM Ibobo Singh, and  Bihar CM Nitish Kumar.

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Doordarshan interviewed  two BJP ministers in the afternoon about what they thought of Rahul Gandhi's speech during the no-trust motion, and why BJP MPs had felt the need to come outside Parliament and attack him. Ministers of state Ashwini Chaubey and Ram Kirpal Yadav answered at considerable length and were allowed to have their say. The reporter also asked one of them what he thought about RG's hugging the PM and he effectively snorted in disapproval. When a panel discussion began after this,  more leading questions from the news anchor about this 'jadu ki jhappi."  And more criticism followed.                        

Moneycontrol.com  says that  HT Media has reported a drop of 86 percent in its net profit for the June quarter to Rs 5.8 crore against Rs 41.5 crore reported by the firm during the same quarter of last year.  In May this year however  HT Media had reported over a two-fold increase in consolidated net profit  over the previous quarter, according to TOI.                     

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