DD journo in a spot

IN Media Watch Briefs | 29/11/2016

Doordarshan journalist Satyendra Murli says he has been facing death threats ever since he claimed that the Prime Minister’s Nov 8 demonetisation speech was pre-recorded and not telecast live, reports Catch News. Murli said at a press conference on Nov 24 that he had audio and video evidence to support his allegation. His RTI application to the PMO asking when the decision to demonetise was taken has been forwarded to the I&B ministry and the finance department, he said. Looks like  Murli’s career in the government-funded public broadcaster may be in jeopardy.            

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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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