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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An impressive  battery of lawyers lined up by Rupert Murdoch’s Star India have succeeded in securing for the broadcaster an SC ruling which ensures that Prasar Bharati will no longer be able to air the mandatory sharing of sports feed on cable TV networks and pay DTH platforms.  Star India has estimated a subscription loss of Rs 970 crore and a loss of advertising revenue to the extent of Rs 245 crore since 2007 because of DD’s practice. The court has limited DD’s telecast of matches to its terrestrial network  and its Freedish. (Daily Post)                                                            

Sometimes the police balk at registering a case against a politician. Sometimes they register it and tell journalists at the same time that the allegations are baseless. Which makes you wonder with how much conviction the case will be investigated. HT reports that the Karnal police booked BJP MLA Bakshish Singh Virk and some 200 others for their alleged involvement in an attack on a journalist in Assandh.  The DSP told a reporter that an FIR had been registered but the case seemed politically motivated and without basis.                               

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