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Media Watch

August 2011

Supplementary Issue
 

Editorial

Lessons to learn...

 
Seema Mustafa
 

It was a joy to see the so called media moghul Rupert Murdoch, his son James and their chief executive Rebekah Brooks grovel before the House of Commons media committee. Rubert Murdoch described it as the most “humble” day of his life, while all three tried to soft talk the British lawmakers into believing their innocence.




Cover Story

The vocal local

 
Naresh Nunna
 

Two electronic media players couldn’t be more dissimilar than Eenadu group’s ETV and Associated Broadcasting Company Private Limited’s TV9. Although their inherent ideologies are sharply divergent yet their strategy is pretty much the same: think global and act local.



Noise isn’t news, focus on issues

 
Jayaprakash Narayan
 

In this complex environment, the one institution which nurtured, sustained and strengthened our democracy is the press. The role of the media during the freedom struggle and after independence has been an extraordinary and inspiring saga.



‘Professionalism is the key’

 
Kumar Buradikatti
 

Mahendra Mishra, Director, TV9-Kannada and NEWS9-Karnataka, reveals to MW the tricks of the trade that have helped his channels scale new heights



“I dream to see TV9 as the news headquarters of India”

 
Naresh Nunna
 

The founder and CEO of TV9 of Associated Broadcasting Company (ABC), Ravi Prakash, is seemingly soft but is harder than rock in professional affairs. RP is not only his competitors’ envy and the icon of millions of youngsters of Southern India, but also a heartthrob of the classes. Media Watch attempts to make out his mind, as his heart beats for the ‘Better Society’




International Media Watch

I refuse to learn

 
Saurabh Kumar Shahi
 

From racial stereotypes to below-the-belt tactics, European Media used all the tricks in the bag to humiliate the crisis-ridden Greece




Media Trend Graph

Analysis of the coverage

 
MW
 

The overall improving rating in cited analyst comments on the Spanish economy reflects a growing polarization. For analysts, the image of the country´s banks and successful bond placements cannot be ignored, but the debt crisis is still strong on the agenda.




Regional Media Watch

Regional Media Watch

 
MW
 

The stories that created ripples in many parts of the country




International Column

The Phony Populism of Rupert Murdoch

 
Jeff Sparrow
 

Jeff Sparrow is the editor of the Overland magazine and the author of Killing:Misadventures in Violence. He is among the very few journalists who have kept a track of the rise and fall of Rupert Murdoch since his initial days in Australia



“We have a tradition of mixing opinions with facts”

 
Saurabh Kumar Shahi
 

Media professional Deniz Ergürel spent many years in the US, Mexico and Brazil before returning to Turkey to start a media advocacy group, Medya Derneği. In an interview with MW, Deniz talks about the challenges facing the media in Turkey.




Profile

A nose for news

 
Mehnaz Nasreen and Rohit Manchanda
 

One of NDTV’s star anchors, Vikram Chandra, took up journalism inspired by his mother. Two decades on, he is himself a role model for many. MW presents a peep into the world of a man who has been-there-done-that in the relentless pursuit of news



The gift of the gab

 
Mehnaz Nasreen
 

A small town girl from Ranchi, Anjana Kashyap’s avid interest in debates and her determination to do big in the electronic media helped her evolve as a renowned anchor




Entrepreneur Journalist

Building empires on ideas

 
Asad
 

Starting one’s own website requires both perseverance and quick thinking. MW speaks to scribes who have been successful online




World News Development

Murdoch Empire hacked

 
Asad
 

The phone-hacking scandal has exposed the glaring nexus between the police, journalists and politicians in the UK; it will be difficult for the people there to trust the media readily




From The Valley

Against all odds

 
Haroon Reishi
 

Unabated militancy, inadequate resources, and the fear of upsetting the establishment, the difficulties are too many to list for young, journalist aspirants from Kashmir. MW reports how they cope