Archive for May, 2012

“Reliance has no ‘direct’ stake in media cos”

16 May 2012

A screengrab of the official press information bureau (PIB) release on 14 May 2012, on the shareholding of Mukesh Ambani‘s Reliance Industries in media companies.

Interesting, if true.

Also read: Mint says SEBI looking into RIL-Network18/TV18-ETV deal

Rajya Sabha TV tears into RIL-Network18-ETV deal

Will RIL-TV18-ETV deal win SEBI, CCI approval?

The sudden rise of Mukesh Ambani, media mogul

The Indian Express, Reliance & Shekhar Gupta

Niira Radia, Mukesh Ambani, Prannoy Roy & NDTV

Why the Indian media doesn’t take on the Ambanis

Sugata Raju is new editor of ‘Vijaya Karnataka’

15 May 2012

Vijaya Karnataka, the Kannada daily from The Times of India group, has a new editor: Sugata Srinivasaraju, the former associate editor, south, of Outlook* magazine. He takes over from Vasant Nadiger who was officiating as editor following the sudden death of E. Raghavan in March.

Raghavan had taken over VK from the paper’s longstanding editor Vishweshwar Bhat, who has since moved to Kannada Prabha, the Kannada daily owned by the mobile phone baron turned parliamentarian, Rajeev Chandrasekhar.

ToI bought Vijaya Karnataka in 2006 from the truck operator Vijay Sankeshwar, who launched a new title called Vijaya Vani following the end of the five-year no-compete clause with Bennett Coleman & Co Ltd. Vijaya Karnataka also faces growing competition from former market leader Praja Vani (from the Deccan Herald group).

* Disclosures apply

Photograph: courtesy Outlook

Also read: Ex-TOI, ET editor E. Raghavan passes away

Is Vijaya Karnataka ready for a Dalit editor?

How a Hindi newspaper editor became an MP

15 May 2012

An item in the gossip diary in The Telegraph, Calcutta:

Vivek Gupta, the editor of Sanmarg—the Hindi daily that made the cut in Mamata Banerjee‘s evaluation of newspapers that can find a place in Bengal’s libraries—had always dream of visiting the Parliament.

When he took charge of Sanmarg, Gupta informed the Trinamul Congress’s Sudip Bandopadhyay of his wish. Bandopadhyay, the story goes, asked him to come to Delhi and made the necessary arrangements so that Gupta could sit in the visitors’ gallery.

In the evening, he took a flight back to Calcutta, but even bfore he had emerged from the airport, his life had changed—he had been made a Rajya Sabha MP by Didi.

Now that is what we call a fairy tale.

Interesting, if true.

Also read: How journalist Rajeev Shukla became a minister

How journalists are aiding the decadent IPL

12 May 2012

The academic, writer and critic Mukul Kesavan in The Times of India:

“The IPL is, in media terms, such a honeypot, that the traditional distinction between pundits in the electronic and print media paid to comment on sport and the commentators contracted to describe and celebrate it on television, has dissolved. We have seen people wearing both hats without the slightest self-consciousness….

“The people who run the IPL and the journalists who cover it, seem to positively celebrate the fact that IPL teams are playthings of the rich and famous….

“When the governors of cricket in India begin to use female bodies to sell tickets and capture television ratings you know that a cricket tournament has lost its bearings and become something else. And when the journalists who enable the tamasha and the audiences who watch it begin to take the dancing girls for granted, there is a larger sickness abroad.”

Read the full article: Decadence and the IPL

Also read: Indian cricket reporters are too soft on cricketers

Why a unique newspaper isn’t covering the IPL

The Times of India, indiatimes.com and IPL-4

How come no one saw the IPL cookie crumbling

In a season of 3D movies, a 3D movie magazine

10 May 2012

In a season of 3D films, Roopatara, the Kannada film monthly from Manipal Media Network has come out with a 98-page special 3D issue, complete with a free pair of 3D spectacles to view 40 3D photographs of movie stars and movie stills.

On the cover is Radhika Kumaraswamy, the actress who no longer makes an effort to hide her relationship with the former Karnataka chief minister H.D. Kumaraswamy.

After the full-page report, the full-page ad

4 May 2012

Mail Today‘s outstanding political cartoonist, R. Prasad, on the irony of newspapers running advertisements from the controversial truck maker, Tatra, when it is at the heart of a major corruption scandal involving the Indian Army.

Among the newspapers which received the full-page ad is The Indian Express, whose controversial full-page report on the coup that wasn’t was vital ammunition in the battle between the outgoing Army chief, General V.K. Singh, and the Congress-led UPA government.

Cartoon: courtesy R. Prasad/ Mail Today

Also read: Indian Express ‘C’ report: scoop, rehash or spin?

Indian Express stands by its ‘C’ report

How the media viewed the Indian Express ‘C’ report

Aditya Sinha tears into the Indian Express ‘C’ report

Adolf Hitler reacts to the Indian Express ‘C’ report

‘Aman ki Asha’ now bears the whiff of newsprint

3 May 2012

First two newspaper groups, The Times of India and Jang joined hands to give peace a chance. Now, Hindustan Times reports that newsprint has stepped into the minefield that is India-Pakistan relations. Jang and The Dawn are buying newsprint from India.

Image: courtesy Hindustan Times

Also read: Sailing with the doves, supping with the hawks

Adolf Hitler reacts to Indian Express ‘C’ report

2 May 2012

Just as the journalistic world was consigning the Indian Express ‘C’ report—the full page, three-deck headline, three-byline story of the coup that wasn’t—to the dustbin of history, the Fuhrer steps in.

Also read: Indian Express ‘C’ report: scoop, rehash or spin?

Indian Express stands by its ‘C’ report

How the media viewed the Indian Express ‘C’ report

Aditya Sinha tears into the Indian Express ‘C’ report

Ex-IHT journalist goes missing from Rishikesh

2 May 2012

Mail Today, the tabloid newspaper from the India Today group, on Jonathan Spollen, the 28-year-old Irish journalist formerly with the New York Times-owned International Herald Tribune, who has gone missing from Rishikesh.

Read the full article: Irish journalist goes missing

‘Newsweek’ prize for South Asian commentary

2 May 2012

PRESS RELEASE: The American newsweekly Newsweek and the website The Daily Beast are offering a prize for the best commentary writing in South Asia in partnership with the Open Hands Initiative in order to celebrate and nurture outstanding talent and find fresh voices covering the region.

The aim of the prize is to promote and support the work of an individual who has contributed thoughtful, important, and engaging commentary on the great social, political, and cultural issues of their region.

The prize offers $25,000, a one-month residency at the Norman Mailer Center and Writers Colony in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and a biweekly column for a year on The Daily Beast. The winner will be honoured at a dinner at the Asia Society in New York City on June 20.

Any nominated columnist, journalist, or writer based in and writing about South Asia (Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh) is eligible for the prize. Only commentary written in the year prior to submission will be considered eligible for the prize.

Nominees must be available to travel to New York for the June 20 prize ceremony.

Editors, publishers, and writers across South Asia may nominate the best English-language columnists and journalists  or apply by sending us three to five examples of their work and writing a brief letter explaining why that particular individual deserves this recognition.

A panel of prominent international journalists and media experts— including writer and historian William Dalrymple, Editor of Newsweek International Tunku Varadarajan, Newsweek & The Daily Beast books editor Lucas Wittmann, author and journalist Sir Harold Evans, and Madhulika Sikka, executive producer, NPR—will read the submissions to select one winner and two finalists.

To submit a nomination, email commentaryprize@newsweekdailybeast.com

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