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.
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.
If TV polls are correct on public appreciation of the PM’s performance, then why is the BJP preaching to the converted?
Since last year, even when the PM travels, he is just a remote control button away.
Rahul is live on television and clearly enjoying himself, so what if he sounds a little repetitive.
TV news kept its promise to give viewers carpet coverage of the verdict, relegating all else.
The news channels’ efforts to convey the depth of human suffering in Nepal were buried by one-upmanship.
News TV is relishing Rahul Gandhi’s return and his face-off with the government in Parliament.
Otherwise, TV news is insular, uninterested in the world.
Arvind Kejriwal looked sunny. And Partition is revisited from across the border.
We watched the party implode. It wasn’t a pretty sight.
World Cup has taken over TV — if we’re not watching it, news channels are talking about it.
These are the voices of the epic’s female characters, some of them legendary, others known but not much heard from, yet others dimly glimpsed but so far unnamed, and some few invented to bridge lacunae in the narrative.