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.
On David Headley’s deposition, news TV was at its most offensive
Pahlaj Nihalani would have given TV shows on Section 377 an ‘A’.
Count on Doordarshan anchors’ poetry and saccharine sweet patriotism.
‘Comedy Nights’ did raise a few laughs, but it wasn’t anything to cry over.
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.
2015 was noisy and saw the PM Narendra Modi deliver. Speeches, that is.
Somebodies, nobodies, and those in between.
Vendetta, fascism, psychopath, crybaby — it’s all on TV.
And the TV censor is having a field day.
The role reversal relegated the rains in Tamil Nadu, which deserved more coverage
You don’t always need people or events to make news on TV
Indian channels have a lot to learn from the international coverage of 13/11.
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.
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?
The UPA was all about corruption, the NDA is all about communalism.
With Sudheendra Kulkarni’s blackened face, TV news showed us our timewarp.
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.
If we could be spared the political utterances on Dadri.
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.
TV chats work for some politicians. For others, they clearly don’t.
TV finally catches up with dengue — and how.
And no one was interested in PM’s unsensational meeting with industrialists.
How did Indrani plan it? What was on her mind? That and more, after a break.
The Anna movement inaugurated a new era.
PM’s oratory is masterful. But a little brevity might help him communicate better
Why didn’t LSTV and RSTV (Rajya Sabha TV) telecast the disorderly conduct throughout the session?
Doordarshan’s ratings reflect the lack of energy and innovation in its programming.
This week, TV was overtaken by news.
Participants on general news channels behave like grizzlies with high blood pressure. Business channels are an oasis of calm.
Lalit Modi may have driven a wedge between Modi government, its viewers
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 .
While ‘Lalitgate’ flares, prices in Parliament canteen raise heckles.
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 Sushma Swaraj-Lalit Modi affair holds television captive.
A channel is rebranded. And there’s no escaping yoga or AAP.