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.
Spunky Sania, indecorous Melania and the stiff upper-lipped Brits.
On Kashmir, channels pulled in one direction, RSTV restored perspective.
Smriti Irani’s downsizing in the Modi ministry took everyone by surprise.
On Monday, Arnab Goswami was about as hard as melted butter
Ministers struck awkward poses. If there is maun yoga, let Salman Khan practice it.
As the Kairana story underlined, TV news does not have the patience to verify
Supernatural serials don’t respect viewer’s scientific temper but they are fun.
What makes Balika Vadhu the longest-running daily soap opera in Hindi on Indian television.
Modi government’s celebration of itself made for some bad television.
TV would be better off travelling to Marathwada, reporting the drought.
Some good news from the studios, some of them may have piped down
Meanwhile on Uttarakhand, the BJP sputtered and stalled.
Suspend your evening debates. Send top anchors to the village
Politicians divided by Agusta unite on odd-even
A news channel gets a new name, but what changes on news TV?
TV rushes in with some disaster tourism, some sensitive coverage
What happens after the lights are switched off?
India has found itself a new hero in Virat Kohli.
There aren’t many different ways to show the aftermath of a terror attack.
It was the usual tokenism. Meanwhile, to see real women, watch Zindagi
After Kanhaiya, there are a lot of flushed faces on TV.
Who is the patriot, and who the anti-national?
The impact of the fire for those present at the venue, and for those watching it at home cannot be underestimated.
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.