Tribune fights back

IN Media Watch Briefs | 08/11/2017
In a heartening development the Tribune Trust which governs the Chandigarh Tribune, is reported  to have removed the Trust President Justice SS Sodhi and replaced him with J&K governor NN Vohra. What triggered this is the belief that the paper published an abject front page apology  to a controversial politician because of pressure from its chairman. The apology had said that the paper had verified allegations made earlier against Akali Dal leader Bikram Singh Majithia and found them false. The editor Harish Khare has apparently asked his colleagues for suggestions on how to undo the damage.                                    
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 A Hindu report datelined Karimnagar in Andhra Pradesh says a case has been registered  with Huzurabad police on March 17 against five persons for "manipulation, tampering, cheating, and  breach of trust for forcing the television viewers to watch particular channel serials by bribing them in order to increase TRP ratings  of particular channels." The ratings agency BARC had lodged the complaint.                     

Of all the resignations announced on Twitter, this one was the most curious: Nitin Sethi, deputy editor of the website,  announcing his resignation today, added a link to the last story he filed on the Adani Mundra port, setting off intense speculation in media circles that the Adanis were behind his exit. No one's talking as yet but with jittery media folk facing censorship from within and without, their antennae are quivering in curious anticipation.                      

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