Moolah from Mann Ki Baat

IN Media Watch Briefs | 08/12/2016

Mann Ki Baat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's monthly address to the nation on All India Radio, brought the public broadcaster gross revenue to the tune of Rs 4.78 crore from advertisements during 2015-16. Quoting the minister for information and broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore, a Hindustan Times report said that only the broadcast on All India Radio had been monetised -- and not other platforms like web portals or app based services on which it was live-streamed. A survey carried out by the audience research unit of the AIR directorate general recently found that 446 million people had been exposed to Mann ki Baat. Evidently, what the PM says has value in more ways than one.                         

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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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