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Monday, July 16, 2018

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: Telling a soggy tale
Thu, Jul 12, 2018

From the dramatic rescue in Tham Luang to the unrelenting monsoon in Mumbai.

Telescope: No news like bad news
Thu, Jul 05, 2018

A mysterious mass death and Mumbai deluge have TV channels going tabloid

Telescope: Can history be far behind?
Thu, Jun 28, 2018

In New India, on screen and off it, the past overtakes the present

Telescope: To 2019, with machismo
Thu, Jun 21, 2018

On the football field and on Kashmir, there’s a lot of testosterone around

Telescope: Upside down
Thu, Jun 07, 2018

Congress president sounds like PM. And news shows question ruling party

Telescope: After IPL
Thu, May 31, 2018

Away from cricket, we have other concerns. Or do we?

Telescope: Marriages, royal and political
Thu, May 24, 2018

What if channels covered the royal wedding like the Karnataka drama?

Telescope: Stooping to conquer
Thu, May 17, 2018

Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018: Congress, BJP and JD(S) traded insults, charges — perhaps even MLAs

Telescope: Can you spell Yeddyurappa?
Thu, May 10, 2018

Karnataka polls are all about viewers in North India.

Telescope: A subtle shift of power
Thu, May 03, 2018

Channels used to slamming the Congress president are giving him more space.

Telescope: Drama of justice
Thu, Apr 26, 2018

Asaram Bapu verdict brought on a made for TV moment.

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.