The Bachchan-DD Kisan mystery

IN Media Watch Briefs | 21/07/2015

According to Amitabh Bachchan he  took no money for his endorsement of DD Kisan, and entered into no contract for it but Prasar Bharati has coughed up Rs 6.21 crore to Lintas nevertheless. A bit odd. And Lintas tells the Hindu which had broken the story, that it welcome~s Bachchan~s decision to work pro bono!  Note the present tense. Bachchan however says he finished the deliverables for this campaign long ago.  The Hindu meanwhile is anxious that its role in saving the GOI some money should not be overlooked: "This implies Mr Bachchan took a decision not  to charge following the disclosures made in the The Hindu." (The Indian Express, The Hindu)

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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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