Daily Archives: 5 January 2008

One culture’s pinnacle is another’s base camp

Vir Sanghvi in Mint:

“The new Controller of BBC One, England’s top TV channel, is 40. James Murdoch, who has taken over his father’s media interests outside the US, is 34.

“Is this as true of the Indian media scene? Rajdeep Sardesai and Barkha Dutt are young editors of TV channels. But most of their counterparts in the TV and magazine world are over 50. Both Prannoy Roy and Raghav Bahl are far older than Sardesai. On the entertainment side, Kunal Dasgupta (Sony) and Pradeep Guha (Zee) are in their 50s.

“Print does not fare much better; the vast majority of editors are my age (51) or older. Shekhar Gupta, at 50, is probably the most youthful, but N. Ram, Aveek Sarkar, Vinod Mehta, Aroon Purie, Prabhu Chawla, M.J. Akbar, Chandan Mitra and Mrinal Pande are all 50-plus.

“So are both of India’s most powerful press barons. Shobhana Bhartia, vice-chairperson of HT Media Ltd, Mint’s owner, is 50 and Samir Jain, owner of The Times of India, is probably three or four years older.”

Read the full article: Questioning age-old wisdom