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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.

Telecope: The brawl on screen
Thu, Feb 11, 2016

On David Headley’s deposition, news TV was at its most offensive

Telescope: State in the bedroom
Thu, Feb 04, 2016

Pahlaj Nihalani would have given TV shows on Section 377 an ‘A’.

Telescope: Every Republic Day
Thu, Jan 28, 2016

Count on Doordarshan anchors’ poetry and saccharine sweet patriotism.

Telescope: Why we don’t do comedy well
Thu, Jan 21, 2016

‘Comedy Nights’ did raise a few laughs, but it wasn’t anything to cry over.

Telescope: A question for TV
Thu, Jan 14, 2016

That the assailant’s husband recorded the incident on CCTV, and allowed it to be shared with the entire world via the internet and television, perhaps deserves sociological analysis.

Telescope: The year of high decibels
Thu, Dec 31, 2015

2015 was noisy and saw the PM Narendra Modi deliver. Speeches, that is.

Telescope: TV who’s who
Thu, Dec 24, 2015

Somebodies, nobodies, and those in between.

Telescope: Nobody minds their language
Thu, Dec 17, 2015

Vendetta, fascism, psychopath, crybaby — it’s all on TV.

Congress in a corner
Thu, Dec 10, 2015

And the TV censor is having a field day.

Telescope: When Rahul did a Modi
Thu, Dec 03, 2015

The role reversal relegated the rains in Tamil Nadu, which deserved more coverage

Telescope: Aamir and Chinese whispers
Thu, Nov 26, 2015

You don’t always need people or events to make news on TV

Telescope: How to cover a terrorist attack
Thu, Nov 19, 2015

Indian channels have a lot to learn from the international coverage of 13/11.

Along with BJP, national news channels also get it wrong
Sun, Nov 08, 2015

All those watching TV would have been highly amused by how quickly panelists changed their tune: having discussed reasons for BJP’s victory, they now had to give reasons for its defeat.

Telescope: The intolerance we have to tolerate
Thu, Nov 05, 2015

Verbal fisticuffs have bruised our ears, burning questions/headlines have singed our eyes and the intellectual level of the debates – `tu-tu-main-main’ -- have insulted our intelligence.

Why can’t we have more civilised and intelligent discussions on TV
Fri, Dec 25, 2015

Why can’t we have more civilised and intelligent discussions on TV?

The 18-month parallel
Thu, Oct 22, 2015

The UPA was all about corruption, the NDA is all about communalism.

Telescope: Written in ink
Thu, Oct 15, 2015

With Sudheendra Kulkarni’s blackened face, TV news showed us our timewarp.

Modi campaigns as Bihar votes today: Spirit of the law ignored?
Mon, Oct 12, 2015

By allowing the PM to campaign in Bhabua – and not stop live telecasts of his speech -- the EC is following the letter of the Representation of People's Act, down to crossing the t.

Wouldn’t it be lovely
Thu, Oct 08, 2015

If we could be spared the political utterances on Dadri.

Here a Modi, there a Modi
Thu, Oct 01, 2015

The PM is pushing for a seat on the UN Security Council, yet the media seems to have little interest in global issues. Unless it’s the world according to Modi.

Telescope: Who’s the smartest of them all?
Thu, Sep 24, 2015

TV chats work for some politicians. For others, they clearly don’t.

Fever pitch
Thu, Sep 17, 2015

TV finally catches up with dengue — and how.

Telescope: Meat of the matter
Thu, Sep 10, 2015

And no one was interested in PM’s unsensational meeting with industrialists.

Telescope: The murder on TV
Thu, Sep 03, 2015

How did Indrani plan it? What was on her mind? That and more, after a break.

TeleScope: Protest TV
Thu, Aug 27, 2015

The Anna movement inaugurated a new era.

Telescope: Speaking of speeches
Thu, Aug 20, 2015

PM’s oratory is masterful. But a little brevity might help him communicate better

When MPs embarrass their kin
Thu, Aug 13, 2015

Why didn’t LSTV and RSTV (Rajya Sabha TV) telecast the disorderly conduct throughout the session?

Desultory at DD
Thu, Aug 06, 2015

Doordarshan’s ratings reflect the lack of energy and innovation in its programming.

Telescope: Playing catch up
Thu, Jul 30, 2015

This week, TV was overtaken by news.

Telescope: Our daily outrage
Thu, Jul 23, 2015

Participants on general news channels behave like grizzlies with high blood pressure. Business channels are an oasis of calm.

Telescope: In a corner
Thu, Jul 02, 2015

Lalit Modi may have driven a wedge between Modi government, its viewers

What’s Ails TV? The Nation Wants to Know Much More
Sat, Jun 27, 2015

Nalin Mehta’s well-researched book bemoans a lack of vision and blames economic compulsions, but is much too kind to those running the industry .

Food, scams, non-sequiturs
Thu, Jun 25, 2015

While ‘Lalitgate’ flares, prices in Parliament canteen raise heckles.

Frame by Frame: A side of PM never screened before, colleagues on one leg to match him
Mon, Jun 22, 2015

At Rajpath, Modi’s ministerial colleagues were few and far between as senior cabinet members stood on one foot in various state capitals of India and the world.

The other Modi
Thu, Jun 18, 2015

The Sushma Swaraj-Lalit Modi affair holds television captive.

News and circus
Thu, Jun 11, 2015

A channel is rebranded. And there’s no escaping yoga or AAP.