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.
Sangh Parivar stirs up controversy, and free-for-alls on TV.
The Rohtak sisters’ videos provoked much anger — and some questions.
His hectic schedule makes it difficult for us to keep up with him — or anyone else
Noise of the ashram standoff drowned out other news makers, including the prime minister.
News channels get dizzy as PM travels.
Weighing 5.5 kg, 16-month-old Aliya died following ‘complete neglect’, no vaccination
Robert Vadra’s turn as himself was exceptional.
And Modi looks different each time we see him.
Partly due to election fatigue, TV news’ coverage of the assembly election results was less than riveting.
TV channels competed to provide edgy coverage of Cyclone Hudhud.
From Bhiwani to Bhiwandi, TV channels are riding pillion with political leaders.
That’s how TV news covered the prime minister’s US visit.
Modi goes to the US. ‘Bigg Boss’ contestants board a flight to nowhere.
Congress leader Sachin Pilot was looking positively happy after his party cornered three seats in Rajasthan.
And some bad-tempered television over a sting operation.
Has the public broadcaster said a big ‘thank you’ to the PM?
The recent bypolls brought out the cricketing metaphors.
Janmashtami was on our screens this week. Will other Hindu festivals follow?
Meanwhile, Vidya Balan and the government are trying to toilet train the nation.
And a TV show that ventured outside the home draws to an unlamented close.
Most Hindi serials fail to reflect political and social upheavals outside the home.
And the Big B is back on the small screen.
Since the BJP came to power, news channels have lost their fizz.
Pakistani serials have familiar themes, but greater subtlety.
Politics has taken a backseat. It’s time to be a sport.
Viewers without electricity were spared the spectacle of the BJP, Congress and AAP in AC studios, blowing hot air.
Some channels did not apply brakes to their coverage; instead they allowed their imagination to run wild, perhaps beyond the limits of decency.
News channels played fortune-tellers — and were mostly off the mark.
In one sense at least, the new PM will be a dramatic change from the old.
The debates around the exit polls were inevitably about the man of the moment, Narendra Modi.
He is moderate in TV Q&As, all fire and brimstone in campaign speeches.
MNS chief’s interviews showed how offence can be the best form of defence.
Both Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi had TV outings. Both Q&As were bland and predictable.
Compare the flattering treatment, the softball questions, to the interview that Rahul faced.
The respite from TV coverage of Modi, Rahul and Kejriwal did not last long.