Good for the media

IN Media Watch Briefs | 19/08/2009

When the Ambani brothers are at war it is good for the media in more ways than one. It gives them news stories emanating from both sides to  live off, and it also yields advertising. On August 19 morning every newspaper in Delhi and doubtless other cities, had huge front page ads from The Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group raising questions about the Petroleum Ministry’s intervention in the pricing of gas produced by his brother’s company.

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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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