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.
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.
What is it that we gain from listening to the likes of Abhishek Manu Singhvi (Congress) and Sambit Patra (BJP) discussing Sonia Gandhi’s birthmark?
To be a card player you need to be more than a sportsperson. You need to be a sport.
In television entertainment, it is goodbye Viranis, hello Shuklas and Mathurs.
Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal rolled back the years with a return to protests, and TVs.
From coast to coast, that’s what India appears to have been doing of late.
When people speak... parties and news anchors are forced to eat their own words.
A coy Kiran Bedi makes Arvind Kejriwal sound almost statesmanlike.
It was non-stop. And everyone watched radio.
Bedi and Kejriwal have still to come face to face, but it’s a face-off
Once the date for the Delhi polls was announced, TV played number cruncher.
In 2014, television was dominated by one person. Will 2015 be different?
The Bharat Ratna announcement sent news channels on a nostalgia trip
Sangh Parivar stirs up controversy, and free-for-alls on TV.
The Rohtak sisters’ videos provoked much anger — and some questions.
His hectic schedule makes it difficult for us to keep up with him — or anyone else
Noise of the ashram standoff drowned out other news makers, including the prime minister.
News channels get dizzy as PM travels.
Weighing 5.5 kg, 16-month-old Aliya died following ‘complete neglect’, no vaccination
Through two broad chapters on the investigation and the trial, Avirook Sen presents how the Talwars were hit with a double whammy: a shoddy and insensitive investigation by the UP Police and the CBI and what Sen believed was a premeditated judgment.