Too many studio guests

IN Media Watch Briefs | 01/02/2018

NDTV lined up more guests for its night time discussion on the Budget than it could accommodate, so as others waited patiently you had the spectacle of Prannoy Roy and Vikram Chandra hustling  West Bengal finance minister  Amit Mitra to  finish even as he was rolling out devastating  statistics on reduced allocations,  unchanged allocations, and puny increases. Thank you for that unbiased view, quipped Roy. CEA Arvind Subramanian was also said to be waiting, but never did appear on the show.              

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Journalists covering the ongoing protest of residents of the coastal town of Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu were at the receiving end of police violence and found their cameras and cellphones snatched. The residents were demanding immediate closure of Vedanta Sterlite's copper operations and the agitation turned bloody, leaving one person dead in police firing.          

According to this report  34 people who were employed by  ABP Ltd through contractors for different departments, and were fired,  have been protesting outside the ABP premises for almost a month now but there has been no media coverage. Their troubles began when they formed a union in response to not being paid minimum wages by their contractors in 2016. Their union is affiliated to the TMC. They were fired after forming a union.The ABP management has not met them yet. Media outlets approached by the workers have declined to cover their plight. The Labour Minister has lent them a ear, but that has not resulted in any action.                     

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