RSTV and the Gujarat poll

IN Media Watch Briefs | 09/08/2017

When the politician who was I and B minister till the other day becomes Vice President and the presiding officer in the Rajya Sabha,  RSTV's performance will be scrutinised closely. After Tuesday's drama over the Rajya Sabha elections in Gujarat,  a Wednesday eve discussion on the channel between anchor Kavindra Sachan and senior journalist Ramkripal Singh offered some reassurance. The latter was roundly critical of what had transpired, saying that a party should not go to any length to ensure electoral victory. He added that it was good for the health of the BJP that it did not get the third seat it was aiming for.  

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Srinivasan Jain of NDTV posted on his Facebook page that a report by him and a colleague  on loans given to Jay Shah's companies was taken down from NDTV's website because the channel's lawyer said it needed to be removed for 'legal vetting'. He adds that it has still not been restored though  the report is based entirely on facts in the public domain  and "makes no unsubstantiated or unwarranted assertions". He says he is treating this as a distressing aberration and will continue reporting for NDTV.                                     

Aroon Purie, chairman of the India Today Group, announced today that he was handing over charge to his daughter Kalli Purie, who will now become Vice Chairman. All those who report to him will now report to her his letter said, but the Group Editorial Director, publishing, and the CFO would "have a dotted line" reporting to him.                                            
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