ICE has melted: IPL rights and the media economy


The expanded profile of bidders this year suggests that IPL rights now attract players from various segments of the ICE business.


Star, Dish, and IPL


Now that Star has won the global television and digital rights for the Indian Premier League for the period 2018 to 2022, for a humongous Rs 16,347.5 crore, what happens to Dish TV's complaint to  the  Competition Commission of India? The DTH broadcaster had objected to Star participating in a bid for..


Justice delayed, but not denied


Last week the Supreme Court upheld a Delhi High Court verdict barring Doordarshan from sharing with cable operators the live feed of cricket matches for which private broadcasters had the exclusive rights.


Most tweeted ODI


Television Post reports that The ICC Champions Trophy 2017 final between India vs Pakistan has become the most-tweeted ODI ever.  The official hashtag #INDvPAK in #CT17 generated a record-breaking 1.8 million tweets. This was partly because for #CT17 Twitter tied up with Nissan for a deal which gave users access to match..


Cricket on TV: Egos, axes, and biases


Why do TV channels choose ex-cricketers with a less than glorious track record to commentate on the glorious game?


Out for a duck


An Economic Times debate on the ills of the IPL failed to frame the right questions and focus on the real issues.


Predictable vitriol


During the India-Pakistan cricket match on Feb. 15, Buzzfeed India editor Rega Jha found herself on the receiving end of nationalist and sexist attacks when she tweeted, “it's so sad that no matter who wins, Pakistanis will continue to be way hotter than us and we'll continue to be their..


BCCI, IPL and unsatiated greed

BY Darius Nakhoonwala| IN OPINION |12/02/2014

In all their righteous indignation over the Mudgal Report on IPL, the leader writers forgot to ask the all-important question: if you create a platform that is tailor-made for betting, why blame the cats?


Gaga over Sachin

BY Darius Nakhoonwala| IN OPINION |19/11/2013

That TV went gaga over Sachin Tendulkar last week was understandable. It was a pathetic example of print trying to keep up with the Joneses and yet trying to be different,


Only Sachin

BY Darius Nakhoonwala| IN OPINION |12/10/2013

Edits-wise, did last week belong to Sachin Tendulkar or Jwala Gutta who faced a life ban? Or both?


The shoulder of shoulders


There are shoulders and shoulders. Then, there is Gautam Gambhir’s shoulder. Healthy, it fetches money for Gambhir. Injured, it fetches money for the channels and publicity for Gambhir.


Fans, media and cricket

BY Jaya Uttamchandani| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |31/03/2007

In the midst of the mayhem, it`s important to stop and think of the media`s role because a lot of the blame can easily be slapped on those covering the game.


Rum, reggae and responsibility

BY Vijay Nambisan| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |10/03/2007

This can`t be an Indian writing about another less developed nation, can it? It must be Tony Greig writing about an Indian tour, or Dean Jones in terrorist country.


Getting head to head with the men

BY Jaya Uttamchandani| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |02/12/2006

Can traditions change? Will men ever get used to getting their sports update from women


‘We for victory’

BY chattarji| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |03/05/2004

The Friendship Series in Pakistan spawned coverage in the categories of ‘brotherhood/goodwill’ hype, and the political mileage sought to be derived by the BJP.


‘Karachi captured’: subcontinental cricketing wars

BY Subarno Chattarji| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |15/03/2004

The cricketers are now the avatars of a nation’s sublimated violence that will be enacted on the playing fields of Pakistan.


The Mandirization of Cricket

BY mannika| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |17/03/2003

Its the new girls club. In the macho world of cricket these bat babes stand out like the Yana Gupta item number in Dum.

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ET reports that the Congress party will  have a hyperlocal social media strategy for the forthcoming state elections. It says the Congress social media cell has "identified block level social media warriors" who will give feedback on community level issues to the party's social media  war room. Such as which local temples  with a particular caste following the Congress state unit chief should visit, or in which areas farm loan waiver schemes are going badly, giving the Congress an issue to raise.                    

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.                        

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