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.
From News X to Al Jazeera, all TV anchors have become experts overnight on coronavirus, social distancing and flattening the curve.
Republic TV didn't let go the car with Scindia-Amit Shah in it out of its sight. ABP News gushed over BJP's ‘foolproof planning’. It was gala coverage.
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.