Media moan

IN Media Watch Briefs | 05/02/2018

Even as the pay scales laid down by the Majithia Wage Board  have affected the viability of several media outlets, leading to increased lay-offs and more contract employment, the National Alliance of Journalists and the Delhi Union of Journalists have demanded the constitution of another wage board in a statement today. It also appeals to members of parliament to ensure that the Working Journalists Act is made applicable to electronic media employees, and that they also are covered by the Wage Board. It expresses shock at the fact that the National Budget had nothing to offer working journalists.              

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Hotstar has put out what it calls its India Watch Report for 2018 which says the country has seen a five times growth in video consumption over the last year, with 96 per cent of all usage being focused on long form video.  Penetration of video consumption in smaller cities with less than 10 lakh population has outstripped that in the large metros. Women in smaller cities are coming online faster than  those in the metros, it adds.                     

The National Herald has announced  that Neelabh Mishra, Editor-in-Chief of National Herald and Navjeevan, died on February 24 after a long illness, in Chennai. He was formerly editor of the Hindi Outlook until 2015, and became editor of NH in 2016. He began his career from the Navbharat Times in Patna, and launched Eenadu TV in Rajasthan in 1998. Tributes to him on Twitter describe him as  deeply committed to egalitarian and secular values.                                             

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