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.

Telescope: Grace and the lack of it
Thu, Jul 21, 2016

Spunky Sania, indecorous Melania and the stiff upper-lipped Brits.

Telescope: Echoes from the Valley
Thu, Jul 14, 2016

On Kashmir, channels pulled in one direction, RSTV restored perspective.

Telescope: Caught off guard
Thu, Jul 07, 2016

Smriti Irani’s downsizing in the Modi ministry took everyone by surprise.

What if the Arnab Goswami of 2014 had met the Narendra Modi in 2016?
Thu, Jun 30, 2016

On Monday, Arnab Goswami was about as hard as melted butter

Yoga and magic
Thu, Jun 23, 2016

Ministers struck awkward poses. If there is maun yoga, let Salman Khan practice it.

Telescope: Desperately seeking viewers
Thu, Jun 16, 2016

As the Kairana story underlined, TV news does not have the patience to verify

Telescope: Absurd, fantastical yet a hit
Thu, Jun 09, 2016

Supernatural serials don’t respect viewer’s scientific temper but they are fun.

More than just Child’s Play
Mon, Jun 06, 2016

What makes Balika Vadhu the longest-running daily soap opera in Hindi on Indian television.

Telescope: Such ado at India Gate
Thu, Jun 02, 2016

Modi government’s celebration of itself made for some bad television.

Telescope: This race for exclusives
Thu, May 26, 2016

TV would be better off travelling to Marathwada, reporting the drought.

Where are the fighting heads?
Thu, May 19, 2016

Some good news from the studios, some of them may have piped down

Telescope: Helicopter tales
Thu, May 12, 2016

Meanwhile on Uttarakhand, the BJP sputtered and stalled.

Telescope: A suggestion for news TV
Thu, May 05, 2016

Suspend your evening debates. Send top anchors to the village

Telescope: They do protest too much
Thu, Apr 28, 2016

Politicians divided by Agusta unite on odd-even

Telescope: Primetime siesta
Thu, Apr 21, 2016

A news channel gets a new name, but what changes on news TV?

Telescope: Between disaster and tragedy
Thu, Apr 14, 2016

TV rushes in with some disaster tourism, some sensitive coverage

Telescope: Anandi to Pratyusha
Thu, Apr 07, 2016

What happens after the lights are switched off?

The Kohli special
Thu, Mar 31, 2016

India has found itself a new hero in Virat Kohli.

Telescope: Brussels, after Paris
Thu, Mar 24, 2016

There aren’t many different ways to show the aftermath of a terror attack.

Telescope: On Women’s Day only
Thu, Mar 17, 2016

It was the usual tokenism. Meanwhile, to see real women, watch Zindagi

Telescope: Hot under the collar
Thu, Mar 10, 2016

After Kanhaiya, there are a lot of flushed faces on TV.

Telescope: From JNU to Patiala House
Thu, Feb 18, 2016

Who is the patriot, and who the anti-national?

Make in India: Bonfire of our vanities?
Mon, Feb 15, 2016

The impact of the fire for those present at the venue, and for those watching it at home cannot be underestimated.

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.