Shailaja Bajpai

Shailaja Bajpai 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!

Telescope: So who is guilty tonight?
Thu, Apr 19, 2018

TV news excels in fault-finding, has no time to spare for facts.

Telescope: A zoo in the arsenal
Thu, Apr 12, 2018

Mercifully, gone are the days when a commentator on Doordarshan memorably described a male swimmer as the “best breast-stroker”. Now, we are more sophisticated and circumspect.

Telescope: We have been warned
Thu, Apr 05, 2018

On fake news rules, was Smriti Irani overreaching or a scapegoat? Does it matter?

Telescope: Just that Bancroft-Smith got caught
Thu, Mar 29, 2018

Going by TV commentators, it seems that ball tampering is part of cricket.

Telescope: Loud speakers and answer seekers
Fri, Mar 23, 2018

It's not that media does not ask questions. Some do it only of the Opposition.

Telescope: Why so serious?
Thu, Mar 08, 2018

TV shows need to laugh more at the political class

Telescope: Watching the worst in us
Thu, Mar 01, 2018

Coverage of Sridevi’s death was tasteless and insensitive. Is anyone surprised?

Telescope: Only navel-gazing
Thu, Feb 22, 2018

Indian TV needs to look out at the world more, be less insular.

Telescope: A lack of entertainment
Thu, Feb 15, 2018

TV is falling behind the streaming services.

TOP of the class
Thu, Feb 08, 2018

In Parliament and outside, the PM remains the consummate campaigner

Telescope: It happened in Kasganj
Thu, Feb 01, 2018

Hindi channels’ coverage was more sober, balanced than that of English channels.

Telescope: PM Modi’s master class
Thu, Jan 25, 2018

But was he probed well enough in interviews last week?

Telescope: Judge, jury and prosecutor
Thu, Jan 18, 2018

News did what it does best during SC crisis — impugn motives, pass judgement

Telescope: No Oprahs in India
Thu, Jan 11, 2018

India’s TV shows are limited to voyeurism, myth and lazy formula.

Telescope: Believe it or not
Thu, Jan 04, 2018

In the last week, there was news on news TV

Telescope: What happened to Arvind Kejriwal?
Thu, Dec 28, 2017

IN 2017, Arvind Kejriwal’s place as the darling of the TV camera has been taken over by another Yogi, Adityanath. After he became UP CM in April, he has been the reigning king of Hindi news TV. PM Modi, beware.

Telescope: Are you serious? Rahul Gandhi isn’t, says Times Now, because he went to the movies
Thu, Dec 21, 2017

What “moral” right did RG have to watch a film, that too, Star Wars? Was it, perhaps, to learn from The Resistance a thing or two about defeating the First Order? Or is this an interest Modi and Rahul share?

Telescope: A wedding to the rescue
Thu, Dec 14, 2017

But for the Italy diversion, the Gujarat campaign was a grim sight.

Telescope: Blame it on Babur
Thu, Dec 07, 2017

For some, the demolition of the mosque was his fault. And Rahul is Aurangzeb.

Telescope: Secret mission of Ivanka Trump
Thu, Nov 30, 2017

News channels tracked the First Daughter’s visit, couldn’t figure out why .