I’m not the world’s greatest Times of India fan. I have frequently been critical of many of the group’s initiatives. I opposed the shift downmarket which influenced so many other newspapers. I was appalled by the Times during the early years of the century when it was run by brand managers. (Fortunately, editors seem to be back in charge judging by the content in recent years). I remain bitterly opposed to Medianet, which is a form of prostitution. And as a group, the Times is petty and graceless. Read more
One measure of how much a man’s life has been worth is how his own people remember him. I was in London when Keith Floyd, the television chef, died and wondered how the papers would treat his passing given that it coincided with the tragic death of Hollywood actor Patrick Swayze, who lost his battle with cancer on the same day. Read more
How great is the journalist’s right to know? Over the last week, this subject has been discussed again and again in the West with many journos and non-journos offering widely divergent points of view.
The provocation for this debate has been the rescue of Stephen Farrell, a British journalist who works for the New York Times. Read more
Why are most panel discussions on Indian television so boring? I’ve been racking my brains to try and figure out why we get it so wrong and Americans get it so right. Of course, this is not to say that all Indian discussions are dull. I have been on a fair number of interesting ones myself. But I don’t think anyone seriously disputes that the average standard could do with some improvement. Read more
When we talk about the geniuses of Indian publishing and write about the magazine boom, there is one name that rarely comes up. And yet, in my view, there is nobody who has been more influential in the development of the Indian magazine industry than Nari Hira. Read more