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: 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.

Telescope: The intolerance we have to tolerate
Thu, Nov 05, 2015

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
Fri, Dec 25, 2015

Why can’t we have more civilised and intelligent discussions on TV?

The 18-month parallel
Thu, Oct 22, 2015

The UPA was all about corruption, the NDA is all about communalism.

Telescope: Written in ink
Thu, Oct 15, 2015

With Sudheendra Kulkarni’s blackened face, TV news showed us our timewarp.

Modi campaigns as Bihar votes today: Spirit of the law ignored?
Mon, Oct 12, 2015

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.

Wouldn’t it be lovely
Thu, Oct 08, 2015

If we could be spared the political utterances on Dadri.

Here a Modi, there a Modi
Thu, Oct 01, 2015

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.

Telescope: Who’s the smartest of them all?
Thu, Sep 24, 2015

TV chats work for some politicians. For others, they clearly don’t.

Fever pitch
Thu, Sep 17, 2015

TV finally catches up with dengue — and how.