Republic TV took us to Safdarjung and LNJP hospitals for a medical horror show. NDTV 24x7, India TV, and Mirror Now found patients' families describing 'harrowing experiences'.
Be it Aaj Tak, ABP News, Zee News, or Republic TV, there was no fire and brimstone, no grand claims of India destroying enemy China, all of which is reserved for Pakistan.
When Modi delivered his lockdown speech and announced a Rs 20-lakh crore package for India, many TV anchors felt their chests swell with patriotic pride.
As Indians stood in queues to buy liquor under relaxed lockdown, TV channels, from Zee News to News 24, saw red as if they had been binge-drinking.
Hindi news channels are not listening to the pleas of Modi and Bhagwat who urged people not to stigmatise any particular community during the Covid crisis.
After a long time, the focus of Indian TV news isn’t Delhi Durbar, but virologists, healthcare workers and chief ministers of states from Bengal to Kerala.
Was the gathering of migrant workers at Bandra railway station the result of a masjid, a conspiracy or is the clue in absent luggage? Indian TV picked all.
Until the lockdown, DD was not the viewers’ go-to destination for entertainment. The telecast of old popular sitcoms may help it get some eyeballs.
The unity of TV channels against coronavirus was too good to be true. The Tablighi Jamaat gave most of them the chance to show their true colours.
TV news is normally the butt of our unkindest jokes or violent outrage. It’s time to recognise that it finally did its duty during India’s coronavirus outbreak.