Wednesday, December 28, 2005


It may appear too hasty to call it a competition but given the short history of Indian television news channels and the lack of competition in English news, it is pertinent to make a judgement, howsoever, early it may be.
Prannoy Roy is a pioneer. Indeed. But his channel looks dull in front of Rajdeep's channel that is fresh. It may be that once the novelty dies with time, NDTV will stay the leader.
But the fact remains that a very tough competitor has arrived. Poonam Saxena wrote in HT that if she owned NDTV, she would have been really worried.
For viewers, it is good they have choice. But certainly CNN-IBN looks good. It is LESS LOUD and the anchors look friendly. No favoritism intended but....except when Prannoy Roy is on television, I don't feel NDTV has the edge. Isn't that funny. Even childish. But that's what I feel.
You see the same frame in both channels, the same shot but the quality of production, probably, it is better editing that makes Rajdeep's channel stand out. Or is it that the new channel has no advertisements and we are seeing nonstop news without interruptions that I like it. Frankly, I am confused that why I am liking IBN.


Anonymous said...

I think you are right, there is something fresh about cnn-ibn but can't put my finger to it.

Anonymous said...

But one thing I like is IBN's blog pages. Read this interesting bit:

From Navapur to Geneva...!!
Posted by George Koshy on Monday , March 06, 2006

A week you are in Navapur in Nandurbad district of Maharashtra.Nine hours from Mumbai by road, this place is on the Maharashtra -Gujarat border. The temperature, +37 degrees, the reason- You are covering the Bird-flu outbreak. And the next week you find yourself in Geneva-Switzerland, the temperature minus six degrees and this time, you are covering the Geneva Auto Show.

What a contrast....what excitement....what differential pleasure in doing both the stories....!!! They are both two different stories, two different genres...two different beat....But they both demand common things from you....An equal level of equal amount of effort...and an amazing sense of belongingness backed by a passion that demands the best every moment you are on it.

Well that's what journalism is all always demands the very best from you while throwing a spirited sense of "variety" at you that is unparalled. And this probably is it's essence that so strongly attracts 'dorks' like me who may not have had any previous experience in it. But just a sublime blind belief that this is the only thing that we ever want to do in life.

Three years in management after an MBA in the UK can do things to you that plead for a break....a chance to break away from the clutter...and do something different with your life...something that throws surprises at you....allows you to be creative, while letting you be your own self. Not a bit of upper lip or sophistication attached....!!!

Quite something that i found here in this profession - An atmosphere that take you back to your teens, An energy that prods you to be different each day. A reason to be a kid each day asking yourself and others answers to questions that everyone has an opinion on...but discovering a new answer each time.

An oppurtunity to touch other people's lives without interfering with it. A chance to cry with someone who cries but still turn around and be able to wipe that tear.

And all these without losing your roots. Who says you can't do an engineering or an MBA or even Philosophy and join journalism...??? This is a place for people who have a heart. Agreed, as journalists you cannot think with your heart-You report what you see. But it's your heart that opens your eyes to things that thousands of eyes might so simply miss.

But the onus is always left on you to make the right decisions. To think ahead of others while thinking along with them too. To constantly ask those questions that keep giving you those bright ideas.

And all said and done, there's one thing that Management doesnot give you so often. A call every once in a while from your school friends each time your story goes on AIR saying " We saw you on TV....!!!!"

Posted by George Koshy at 21 : 17 hrs

Unknown said...

I beg to differ. I think CNN has anchors and reporters with a fake american accent. It grates because i hear the advent of another CNN(international). Atleast NDTV anchors sound Indian.

Anonymous said...

From Ace-of-C-Space
My only dissapointment with NDTV is that second line of their news ticker is not legible. They should move it up about 50pixels (assuming a 640x480 screen size) or about 10percent of the screeen. Overall, the reporting of both channels is world class.

Anonymous said...

cnn and ndtv both are both credible

Anonymous said...

NDTV is lagging in one aspect which is that while most hindi news channels are breaking news at the smallest instances ,NDTV is trying to be "too correct and credible" and instead have decided to give breaking news status to only the rarest of rare news and reprts every thing else with "just in" which can sometimes confuse the viewer

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