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India’s ballot battle will also run through Facebook

India’s ballot battle will also run through Facebook | Indian Media | Scoop.it
Facebook on Tuesday launched its widely awaited “election tracker” for the upcoming general elections, a move that signals the growing importance of social media as a political tool in a rapidly urbanizing India. ... Research shows that social media is more persuasive than television ads. Nearly 100 million Indians, or more than Germany’s population, use the Internet each day. Of this, 40 million have assured broadband, the ones most likely to have at least one social media account.
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So far it like it only reinforcing the class alliance already overtly evident. Nevertheless, plurality of voices are more necessary today than ever before. It is good to see people of progressive persuasions recognising the power of social media, however belatedly.
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Internet remains unaffordable for the masses: Ajit Balakrishnan

Internet remains unaffordable for the masses: Ajit Balakrishnan | Indian Media | Scoop.it
"The Rediff.com Founder & CEO highlights the stark realities of internet penetration, which stands at 10% in India, & says that for it to reach critical mass, it should be made available at Rs 100 per month." But the media never did rely on hawkers and the like. It's always been about the elite, to a large extent at least. Of course, Internet penetrant has to increase and rates do have to come down.
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Text of Justice Katju’s letter to Maharashtra governor asking him to pardon Sanjay Dutt

Text of Justice Katju’s letter to Maharashtra governor asking him to pardon Sanjay Dutt | Indian Media | Scoop.it
Justice Katju wrote a letter to the Maharashtra governor pleading with him to pardon Sanjay Dutt. This is the full text of that letter.
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Justice Katju is an good man. He is an angry man as well. He often has used rather blunt language to deride the media for its various omissions and commissions, and rightly so! The tirades go more or less on the lines like the media being more bothered about celebs and not toiling masses of India, and so on and so forth.
But this must come as an bit of an embarrassment to all fans of Justice Katju -- his support for a troubled film star. The good judge says, "The event happen in 1993 i.e. 20 years ago. During this period Sanjay suffered a lot, and had a cloud hovering over his head throughout. He had to undergo various tribulations and indignities during this period. He had to go to Court often, he had to take the permission of the Court for foreign shootings, he could not get bank loans, etc."

But sometimes media can throw up some uncomfortable facts, like this investigation by Ashish Khetan and Harinder Baweja in the Tehelka: How The Star Escaped TADA http://archive.tehelka.com/story_main28.asp?filename=Ne240307How_the_CS.asp&id=1.

It is quite likely that he hasn't had the time to read this article. But it is not too late to go for it now at least.
Although it is a bit too late for Justice Katju to withdraw his missive.

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Self-regulation is no regulation: Markandey Katju

'Self regulation' as practised by the electronic media is a 'ploy' to escape accountability, Press Council of India (PCI) chairperson Markandey Katju today claimed. While a media council makes sense, the mere inclusion of representatives from broadcast media is not enough. There has to be a more thorough reformation of the PCI, its composition and mandate. For instance, why should a former judge be appointed PCI chief?
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The Hindu : Opinion / Lead : An American lesson in Court reporting

The Hindu : Opinion / Lead : An American lesson in Court reporting | Indian Media | Scoop.it

"No judge in the U.S. or the U.K. would dream of framing guidelines for the press to obey. If any did, the press would simply disobey. There is a formidable case law on bringing to book anyone whose comments prejudice the fairness of a criminal trial. The wheel need not be reinvented."

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IPL 5: Fatigue sets in, but the sheen isn't off yet

IPL 5: Fatigue sets in, but the sheen isn't off yet | Indian Media | Scoop.it

Let us get the good news out first, and it comes from the Times of India: "The Indian Premier League's website ipl.indiatimes.com, run by the Times Internet Limited (TIL) in partnership with YouTube, registered a phenomenal growth of 56 per cent in the first week -- including the opening ceremony -- this season."

 

The "phenomenal" news gives an in-house figure. Given that this is the season of low expectations, let's not succumb to the general sceptical mood.  The jump is indeed significant! Maybe people are quite satisfied with keeping up with the latest score by visiting official site,  at least for the initial matches.

 

The bad news is for TV. A report in the Desi News section of NYDailyNews.com summarizes thus: "Television Viewer Ratings decreased by 18.7 percent during the first six games of the Indian Premier League this year. Leading sponsors have also backed out of the 2012 tournament."

 

Big advertisers such as Parle, LG Electronics and Godrej should find these numbers confirming that their decision to back out from the IPL5 was after all spot on.

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Rupert Murdoch: Media, power & politics

Rupert Murdoch: Media, power & politics | Indian Media | Scoop.it
Murdoch is not a politician but he wields economic and media power that any politician or celebrity can ignore at his or her own peril. Murdoch’s influence in the mass media market is so awesome that political leaders court him and do his bidding.
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Indian media and entertainment industry grew by 12% to touch Rs 920 billion in 2013: Ficci-KPMG report

Indian media and entertainment industry grew by 12% to touch Rs 920 billion in 2013: Ficci-KPMG report | Indian Media | Scoop.it
Indian media and entertainment industry grew by 12% to touch Rs 920 billion in 2013: Ficci-KPMG report - The media and entertainment (M&E) industry logged a healthy 12% growth to Rs 92,800 crore in 2013, largely driven by digitisation, according to...
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With elections this year, it should only get better.
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Cong Forms 3 Media Units to Counter Opposition Attack

Cong Forms 3 Media Units to Counter Opposition Attack | Indian Media | Scoop.it
Facing the Opposition onslaught on social media, Congress has chalked out a comprehensive strategy to bolster its presence on both conventional and cyber media ahead of the next Lok Sabha elections.
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It would be interesting to read the 'Process Manual for News Response Team' of the Congress party. Anybody have a copy? 

What would still go against the grand old party of India, nevertheless, is that that the so-called Research Team is headed by Sandeep Dikshit, son of Sheila Dikshit, while Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Hooda's son, Deepender Hooda heads the social media team. 

Leave it to the "vile" creativity of social media mavens to lampoon the two's best laid out strategies.

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On computer literacy and education - 8 holes CAG picked in Narendra Modi’s Gujarat development plan

On computer literacy and education - 8 holes CAG picked in Narendra Modi’s Gujarat development plan | Indian Media | Scoop.it
The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has criticized Narendra Modi's govt in Gujarat for imprudent fiscal management.
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According to Narendra Modi, the internet is a game-changer. He says, "Common citizens (can) now directly engage in policy making process." With  Modi one can't be sure if "common citizens" means those who belong only to  his faith or only those who have faith in him. Nevertheless, one is entitled to be flummoxed when his eloquence about the benefits of technology doesn't quite add up in audit figures. This "minor" discrepancy wouldn't dent his image with the faithful, that's for sure.

Internet the gamechanger, technology key to good governance: Narendra Modi

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/internet-the-gamechanger-technology-key-to-good-governance-narendra-modi/articleshow/19110173.cms

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TRPs fall for Satyamev Jayate, advertisers raise noise

TRPs fall for Satyamev Jayate, advertisers raise noise | Indian Media | Scoop.it

For those who were fooled by the theatrics of Amir Khan this bit of new might disappoint. Satyamev Jayate is actually a "reality show". It clearly does not stumble into the public service programming genre. 

The cruel fact is: "... Bharti Airtel coughed up a chunky Rs 17-20 crore for the presenting sponsor slot, associate sponsors like Axis Bank, Reckitt Benckiser, Skoda, Coca-Cola and Johnson & Johnson paid Rs 6-7 crore each for the 13-week show. Star has charged Rs 8-10 lakh per 10 seconds for spot rates for Satyamev Jayate while spot rates for KBC were Rs 3.5-4 lakh per 10 seconds."

And now there are mumurs in the wings. The jingling of the till isn't loud enough.

Apart from having steered the conscience of all and sundry, can Satyamev Jayate make a lasting impact? Can it make people aware that India sorely lacks public service broadcasting in the real sense of the term?

That way can get the goat of doctors, khaps and murders on a more consistent basis. 

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Parliament should frame media rules: Broadcasters

Senior advocate Ram Jethmalani appearing for the broadcasters said the court should exercise its inherent power under Article 142 of the Constitution not for framing guidelines for media but for disposing of pending matters.

 

He also contended that had the court used its power of contempt effectively, there would have been no need for framing any guidelines for media.

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Tragic Day for Norway; Shameful Day for Journalism

Tragic Day for Norway; Shameful Day for Journalism | Indian Media | Scoop.it
A friend’s status update on Facebook alerted me that something horrible had happened in Oslo. Horrible things tend not to happen in Oslo, so I immediately turned to the news to learn what was going on.
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