No longer toothless

IN Media Watch Briefs | 15/09/2017

DAVP which releases govt ads to newspapers has suspended publications censored by the Press Council of India from its panel for two months. The list of empanelled newspapers who have been thus punished include Dainik JagranThe Times of India Bhubaneshwar, and Maharashtra Times, Pune.The PCI censure is for a range of reasons and covers 51 newspapers. The action lend bite to the PCI's censures, given that it is always described as toothless.

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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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