Doordarshan amar raho

IN Media Watch Briefs | 16/08/2008

With Doordarshan’s special genius for doing things, the network missed showing  the  prime minister hoisting the flag at the Red Fort, because at that point they were busy showing a recording of him at Raj Ghat. But its Olympics (sorry, Olumpics) coverage is what has taken the cake. Even as the press  has a field day pointing out each gaffe, as well as the unerringly goofy selection of events, the fact is that an 80-strong team is out there, between AIR and DD, allegedly covering the games. The CEO of Prasar Bharati has gone, as has the IAS man handling administration, with his family ofcourse.       

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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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