While reporting on coronavirus, news channels experienced Hamlet’s dilemma, as they tried to tread fine balance between inducing ‘panic’ and reducing ‘panic’.
Questions such as "Was this a deliberate, calibrated attempt to 'malign the image of India' during Trump’s visit?" undercut good reporting by news channels.
ABP was so impressed by the security preparations for Trump's India visit that it revealed many particulars that should perhaps have remained secured.
Nimki Vidhayak, aired on Star Bharat, stood out in a cast of TV shows that feature a galaxy of young women characters overdressed and under-employed.
TV coverage of an assembly election had never been restricted to one geographical space, and certainly never to one protest.
Zee News’ Sudhir Chaudhary sounded like a man spurned and scorned. Next day, he was back to discussing PM Modi’s plan to take back PoK in ‘240 hours’.
Republic TV went on about Congress’ secularism, India Today looked at CAA, CNN News18 remained with Kashmiri Pandits. But anyone barely touched the IMF story.
In times of CAA, police encounters, JNU and AMU, and now DSP Davinder Singh, Indian TV serials are still about who loves whom and who loves to hate whom.
On India TV, Rajat Sharma used them to suggest Left was as much to blame as ABVP, while Arnab Goswami saw them as ‘proof of Left’s extreme brutality’.
The biggest constitutional amendment that India needs in 2020 is this: abolish TV news channels.