DD aboard Baloch wagon

IN Media Watch Briefs | 28/08/2016

Doordarshan is trying hard to win brownie points with the PM.  It has joined the govt’s propaganda war over Balochistan. Yesterday, Aug 27, it broadcast an interview with rebel Baloch leader Nawab Brahumdagh Khan Bugti in Geneva, a first for the channel which usually sends a team abroad only if a VVIP is on a visit.  Apparently the idea came from  DD and was approved by the powers that be. Was the channel spurred on by perceived competition from Times Now which had been at hand to speak to the Baloch leader right after the PM made his comments on Balochistan at all party meeting just before Independence Day?   With the PMO perceiving an ally in Times Now, it seemed like somebody had  tipped them off.                  

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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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