LSTV bows to DD

IN Media Watch Briefs | 27/02/2015

Is the Lok Sabha TV channel now being run by the information and broadcasting ministry? Yesterday LSTV recorded an interview with the railway minister, and the channel staff were bemused to find that the feed went out without the LSTV logo on it, even as Doordarshan telecast it with its own watermark.  The LSTV anchor was taken off the interview panel too while a DD  person did the programme.  Asked by her staff why that had happened,  the channel CEO responded that the direct feed  to DD  was on the  orders of I & B minister Arun Jaitley and his minister of state R Rathore.

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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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