Shailaja Bajpai 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!
TV news excels in fault-finding, has no time to spare for facts.
Mercifully, gone are the days when a commentator on Doordarshan memorably described a male swimmer as the “best breast-stroker”. Now, we are more sophisticated and circumspect.
On fake news rules, was Smriti Irani overreaching or a scapegoat? Does it matter?
Going by TV commentators, it seems that ball tampering is part of cricket.
It's not that media does not ask questions. Some do it only of the Opposition.
TV shows need to laugh more at the political class
Coverage of Sridevi’s death was tasteless and insensitive. Is anyone surprised?
Indian TV needs to look out at the world more, be less insular.
TV is falling behind the streaming services.
In Parliament and outside, the PM remains the consummate campaigner
Hindi channels’ coverage was more sober, balanced than that of English channels.
But was he probed well enough in interviews last week?
News did what it does best during SC crisis — impugn motives, pass judgement
India’s TV shows are limited to voyeurism, myth and lazy formula.
In the last week, there was news on news TV
IN 2017, Arvind Kejriwal’s place as the darling of the TV camera has been taken over by another Yogi, Adityanath. After he became UP CM in April, he has been the reigning king of Hindi news TV. PM Modi, beware.
What “moral” right did RG have to watch a film, that too, Star Wars? Was it, perhaps, to learn from The Resistance a thing or two about defeating the First Order? Or is this an interest Modi and Rahul share?
But for the Italy diversion, the Gujarat campaign was a grim sight.
For some, the demolition of the mosque was his fault. And Rahul is Aurangzeb.
News channels tracked the First Daughter’s visit, couldn’t figure out why .
Papa CJ started stand-up comedy in 2004 after his visit to the annual Fringe festival in Edinburgh. Since then, amongst various places, he has performed at the Sydney Opera House and also at gun-point in South Africa, he quips.