I don’t know if you’ve noticed but something different is happening to English news TV in India. The best way to recognize the change is to look at what the channels were doing ten years ago and to then look at today’s formats. Read more
It makes you wonder about the times we live in — and the country we live in — when the news that the Prime Minister is going to talk to five journalists is such a big deal that it makes page one of major newspapers and is a headline on TV news. Read more
Why do you suppose Shashi Tharoor lurches from controversy to controversy? Some of it, I am prepared to concede, has to do with his unfamiliarity with the Indian political idiom. Read more
A funny thing has happened to newspapers over the last year and though we’ve all noticed it, few of us have bothered to discuss this development.
Which is odd, because you would have thought that somebody would have written an obituary by now. Read more
Should newspapers hire private detectives? Is it legitimate to tap telephones in search of a story?
I ask because these questions have featured in media debates in the UK over the last month. The peg for the discussions was the revelation by The Guardian that some of Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers have long paid private investigators to do their snooping for them. Read more
As you may know, Britain is currently in the grips of a political crisis. On 5th June, six ministers resigned, the ruling Labour party was routed in the European Parliament elections, and Prime Minister Gordon Brown clung on to power by a thread. Read more
Here is a paradox for you to ponder.
Most Indian newspapers are reducing the space given to editorial comment. The Times of India has tried to abolish its editorial page several times. And the conventional wisdom among newspaper executives – backed up by market research agencies – is that nobody reads the editorials. Read more