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Has a ‘desperate party’ paid huge sums to TV?

The Indian Express television critic Shailaja Bajpai recently mooted the idea of “equal coverage” (a la the United States) to remove the growing distortion of news TV coverage of contemporary politics.

The veteran broadcaster Ravi M. Khanna (formerly of the Voice of America) adds his weight to the proposal in his column in the industry journal, Impact:

“Indian media especially TV channels, will have to behave more responsibly in its coverage of the 2014 parliamentary elections, because the race this time is becoming more ‘leader-based’ rather than based on political parties.

“The channels will have to be careful and work harder in order to keep the campaign story balanced and objective and avoid showing their bias towards one leader or the other.

“This becomes even more crucial amid rumours that a particular desperate party has already paid huge sums of money to cash-strapped TV channels to twist the coverage in its own favour….

“I was appalled to see that when Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi were addressing their rallies at different locations but at the same time some of the channels were either covering only the Modi rally or covering both rallies on a split screen, the audio of the Gandhi rally was switched off.”

Read the full column: Media and fast-changing politics

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American professor killed in Indian road accident

sans serif announces with regret the passing away of Brent Hurd, a Fulbright scholar and visiting professor at the Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM) in a road accident on the outskirts of Bangalore, on Sunday. He was 38 years old.

Prof Hurd, who was riding a bicycle back to the institute campus after a swim at a nearby club was knocked down by a local bus on the busy Bangalore-Mysore road. He was rushed to a hospital down the road, where he was pronounced dead.

The Delware-born Texan is survived by his parents, a brother, and two sisters.

A much-travelled film documentary maker, who had earlier worked at the American University in Washington DC and in Baku State University in Azerbaijan, Prof. Hurd had joined IIJNM in July 2008 to teach video journalism and documentary film making.

In a decade-long career in journalism starting as a writer at the Voice of America, Prof Hurd had reported from four continente. He was part of a team that won a CINE Golden Eagle award for the 1999 travelogue, “Surprising Bulgaria”, and his print articles and photography had been published in The New York Times, among other publications.

He had previously served as a peace corps volunteer in Bulgaria; a tour guide in Europe; and helped negotiate contracts for construction of the International Space Station.

“I have walked the streets of southern Thailand covering religious conflict, canvassed the Medina of Tunis assessing women’s rights and studied geysers to understand geothermal technology in Iceland,” Hurd had written on his website.

A memorial service was held at the IIJNM on Monday and his body will be flown to the United States.

Photograph: courtesy IIJNM

Visit Brent Hurd’s website: Border-free world

Also read: ToI headline on Hurd death irks Fulbright scholar