Monday, March 30, 2015

Rajat Sharma, Naqvi and Uday Shankar responsible for turning Hindi news channels into a circus, journalists into jokers

Many are wondering how Rajat Sharma could be awarded Padma Bhushan?

This post is about the fall in standard of TV news and journalism in India.

While Arnab Goswami is accused of killing English TV news [as Outlook claims], who is responsible for the death of Hindi TV news?

This question has been raised by Senior journalist Dilip C Mandal who has written a series of Facebook posts on it.

Mandal, who was managing editor, India Today (Hindi) till recently, names three journalists for their role in bringing down credibility of Hindi news channels.

The names are Uday Shankar, Qamar Waheed Naqvi and Rajat Sharma.

Read the English translation here:

Dilip C Mandal

Under whose leadership did the Hindi TV channels enter the 'circus mode'? In prime time, instead of news, TV channels began showing stories about naag-nagin (snake) superstitions, call girl who charged the most and about cars moving without driver.

This journey continued to such an extent that everybody kept slipping, even falling into gutter, and no one bothered.The three leaders who are responsible for turning Hindi media into Peepli Live and its journalists into jokers are Uday Shankar, Qamar Waheed Naqvi and Rajat Sharma.

I will write a detailed paper on it, sometime later. I have no personal issues with any of them. But they are responsible for the situation that today there are jokes on media. Talk about reporters and kids start laughing.

These channels got audiences addicted to such humour that ultimately TV News channels began showing half-hour laughter challenge shows. If this trio won't be there, may be other leaders would be around, doing the same. But they were leading the three major channels in the era.

There was a time when Ganesha idols were sipping milk but SP Singh countered superstition on TV and used the cobbler's tool and showed that it could also sip milk in the same way, and also demonstrated how TRP can be generated by going against superstition.

There is tamasha in Indian English news too but that is mostly around news. In Hindi news channels, tamasha is foremost and there is no need for news at all. Uday Shankar, Qamar Waheed Naqvi and Rajat Sharma drove Hindi TV news to the superstitious age, even though all of these three persons are modren people. However, news was brought the lowest common denominator.

Read the posts on Dilip C Mandal's Facebook Timeline

No comments:

Popular Posts


Media (15) Journalism (12) Biased journalism (9) Irresponsible Media (8) Arnab Goswami (7) Biased Media (7) Indian Express (6) Indian Media (6) Media Hysteria (6) Dainik Bhaskar (5) Unethical journalism (5) Aaj Tak (4) Hindustan Times (4) Journalists (4) Magazines (4) TV Channels (4) English newspapers (3) False reporting (3) Hindi Media (3) Hindi TV channels (3) India Today (3) Indian journalism (3) Sting Operation (3) Superstitious Media (3) Terrorism (3) Times Now (3) Zee TV (3) BJP (2) Biased journalists (2) Dainik Jagran (2) Deepak Chaurasia (2) HT (2) HT Vs TOI (2) Media Blunders (2) Media watchdog (2) Media's Failures (2) Sudhir Chaudhary (2) Tehelka (2) Times of India (2) Zee News (2) ABP News (1) Abhisar Sharma (1) Amir Khan (1) Ashok Singhal (1) Barkha Dutt (1) Bhadas4Media (1) Bizarre journalism (1) Bloggers (1) Bollywood (1) Business Standard (1) Cameramen (1) Casteism (1) Chaitanya Kalbag (1) Chanda Kochhar (1) Communal riot (1) Controversies (1) DB Grouup (1) DNA (1) Deepak Sharma (1) Editor (1) Electronic Media (1) Encounter (1) Extra-judicial killings (1) Extremism (1) Fake encounters (1) HR policies (1) Hindi Journalism (1) Hindi TV Channel (1) Hindi newspaper (1) Hindu Terrorism (1) Hindustan (1) IBN 7 (1) India TV (1) Indian Express Idea Exchange (1) Journalism Hall of Shame (1) Journalistic ethics (1) MJ Akbar (1) Majithia wage board (1) Managers-editors nexus (1) Media Obsessions (1) Media and Terrrorism (1) Muslim Terrorism (1) Nai Duniya (1) Nandan Nilekani (1) Naxalites (1) News channels (1) News channels. (1) Newspaper War (1) Newspapers (1) Obituary (1) Obscene advertisement (1) Obscenity (1) Operation Lajja (1) Pakistan election 2013 (1) Photographers (1) Praveen Swami (1) Print media (1) Punya Prasun Vajpayee (1) Qamar Waheed Naqvi (1) Questionable journalism (1) Right-wing media (1) Right-wing websites (1) Saffron Terrorism (1) Sex Scandal (1) Sexual harassment in media (1) Sexuality (1) Socialites (1) Subhash Chanda (1) Suhel Seth (1) Sunday Newspapers (1) Swarajya Magazine (1) TV channel (1) The Hindu (1) The Week (1) Uday Shankar (1) Unethical reporting (1)