Sunday, Nov 23, 2014
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Shailaja Bajpai

Shailaja Bajpai is Director (Academics) at Express Institute of Media Studies (EXIMS). She has been writing about television since 1984. "Far too long," in her own words. But she has also watched it change, grow, grow and grow into what is today... the elephant in the room and any conversation on any subject. In her case, it would be true to say that you have to pay her to watch television! She also supervises the EXIMS, the Express Group's post-graduate journalism programme.

Hijinks in Hisar
Thu, Nov 20, 2014

Noise of the ashram standoff drowned out other news makers, including the prime minister.

Telescope: Modi on the move
Thu, Nov 13, 2014

News channels get dizzy as PM travels.

No aid from anganwadi, malnutrition claims baby just 75 km from financial capital
Mon, Nov 10, 2014

Weighing 5.5 kg, 16-month-old Aliya died following ‘complete neglect’, no vaccination

The award goes to
Thu, Nov 06, 2014

Robert Vadra’s turn as himself was exceptional.

Selfies with the PM
Thu, Oct 30, 2014

And Modi looks different each time we see him.

Polled into exhaustion
Thu, Oct 23, 2014

Partly due to election fatigue, TV news’ coverage of the assembly election results was less than riveting.

Looking it in the eye
Thu, Oct 16, 2014

TV channels competed to provide edgy coverage of Cyclone Hudhud.

On the poll trip
Thu, Oct 09, 2014

From Bhiwani to Bhiwandi, TV channels are riding pillion with political leaders.

Just like a promo
Thu, Oct 02, 2014

That’s how TV news covered the prime minister’s US visit.

Windswept in NYC
Fri, Sep 26, 2014

Modi goes to the US. ‘Bigg Boss’ contestants board a flight to nowhere.

Stumped by bypolls
Thu, Sep 18, 2014

Congress leader Sachin Pilot was looking positively happy after his party cornered three seats in Rajasthan.

Disaster frames
Thu, Sep 11, 2014

And some bad-tempered television over a sting operation.

Modinama on DD
Thu, Sep 04, 2014

Has the public broadcaster said a big ‘thank you’ to the PM?

Reverse swing
Thu, Aug 28, 2014

The recent bypolls brought out the cricketing metaphors.

Live from Mathura
Thu, Aug 21, 2014

Janmashtami was on our screens this week. Will other Hindu festivals follow?

Counting down to the speech
Thu, Aug 14, 2014

Meanwhile, Vidya Balan and the government are trying to toilet train the nation.

Mr Modi goes to temple
Thu, Aug 07, 2014

And a TV show that ventured outside the home draws to an unlamented close.

All in the parivar
Thu, Jul 24, 2014

Most Hindi serials fail to reflect political and social upheavals outside the home.

Framing Mr Vaidik
Thu, Jul 17, 2014

And the Big B is back on the small screen.

Flat like old soda
Thu, Jul 10, 2014

Since the BJP came to power, news channels have lost their fizz.

Telescope: Border crossings
Thu, Jul 03, 2014

Pakistani serials have familiar themes, but greater subtlety.

Playing ball
Thu, Jun 19, 2014

Politics has taken a backseat. It’s time to be a sport.

Power hungry
Thu, Jun 12, 2014

Viewers without electricity were spared the spectacle of the BJP, Congress and AAP in AC studios, blowing hot air.

Telescope: Munde’s death dominates news
Thu, Jun 05, 2014

Some channels did not apply brakes to their coverage; instead they allowed their imagination to run wild, perhaps beyond the limits of decency.

Cabinet spotting
Thu, May 29, 2014

News channels played fortune-tellers — and were mostly off the mark.

The great communicator
Thu, May 22, 2014

In one sense at least, the new PM will be a dramatic change from the old.

Telescope: What the pollsters say
Thu, May 15, 2014

The debates around the exit polls were inevitably about the man of the moment, Narendra Modi.

Will the real Modi please stand up?
Fri, May 09, 2014

He is moderate in TV Q&As, all fire and brimstone in campaign speeches.

The family strikes back
Thu, May 01, 2014

It’s been very much a Priyanka Gandhi week.

Raj, without let-up
Thu, Apr 24, 2014

MNS chief’s interviews showed how offence can be the best form of defence.

Two interviews
Wed, Apr 16, 2014

Both Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi had TV outings. Both Q&As were bland and predictable.

How Modi faced the nation
Wed, Apr 02, 2014

Compare the flattering treatment, the softball questions, to the interview that Rahul faced.

Three-legged race
Thu, Mar 27, 2014

The respite from TV coverage of Modi, Rahul and Kejriwal did not last long.

Shrunken frames
Wed, Mar 19, 2014

News TV switches off the world. And reduces election coverage to tracking of celebrity candidates.

The rainbow election
Thu, Dec 12, 2013

As the results came in,TV news lost the big picture with all the colour-coding.

The screeching heights
Thu, Dec 05, 2013

Meanwhile,DD National exhumes an old show for prime time.