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Media In India/elsewhere -2

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<b>SC bars showing of Monica Bedi`s obscene photos </b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->New Delhi, Aug 24: The Supreme Court barred the media on Friday from showing nude photographs of former actress Monica Bedi, said to have been taken by a camera hidden in the bathroom of the jail where she was imprisoned over a forgery case.

Bedi, who was released on bail from a jail in Hyderabad last month, said the pictures shown by one TV channel on Thursday, whether "genuine" or "morphed", violated her right to life and dignity.

"If indeed the photographs were taken by installing a camera in the bathroom of the prison it was a serious invasion of the right of privacy of the petitioner," her lawyer KTS Tulsi told the court. <!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->

This is sick and irresponsible. They should punish ZeeTV.
<!--QuoteBegin-Mudy+Aug 27 2007, 10:29 AM-->QUOTE(Mudy @ Aug 27 2007, 10:29 AM)<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>SC bars showing of Monica Bedi`s obscene photos </b><!--QuoteBegin--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->New Delhi, Aug 24: The Supreme Court barred the media on Friday from showing nude photographs of former actress Monica Bedi, said to have been taken by a camera hidden in the bathroom of the jail where she was imprisoned over a forgery case.

Bedi, who was released on bail from a jail in Hyderabad last month, said the pictures shown by one TV channel on Thursday, whether "genuine" or "morphed", violated her right to life and dignity.

"If indeed the photographs were taken by installing a camera in the bathroom of the prison it was a serious invasion of the right of privacy of the petitioner," her lawyer KTS Tulsi told the court. <!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->

This is sick and irresponsible. They should punish ZeeTV.
[right][snapback]72535[/snapback][/right]<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->That is indeed so sick. So it's Ztv? Makes sense, how very like them, that sleazy tabloid-in-motion-wannabee.
There's something familiar about that name Monica Bedi though - why do I keep thinking there was some terrorist connection?
Ok, it's not my imagination. She's the girlfriend or whatever of some islami terrorist, a minion of DaWood IbraHim. Yes, that's right, I remember reading about it quite some time ago:

Here's a description of her terrorist boyfried with a photo of him looking decidedly like an educated salaami - Fie, how could any suspect him? Shah-Rukh has approved him on sight and declared such an educated specimen to be secular and above board:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/4427536.stm
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Profile: India's dreaded gangster</b> 

Abu Salem fled India after the bombings in Mumbai 
The gangster Abu Salem, who appeared in court on Friday, is one of the Indian underworld's most dreaded figures

Indian police accuse Abu Salem of <b>involvement in attacks in Mumbai (Bombay) in 1993</b> that killed more than 250 people.

Indian investigators also want to question <b>Salem in connection with more than 60 murders</b> as well as cases of extortion and kidnapping involving Bollywood film producers and actors.

Abu Salem, alias Abdul Saleem Ansari, is charged with being involved in the bombings which rocked India's commercial capital in March 1993. <!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
Yet news published on the same day in India has a very different photo of Abu Saleem Ansari to show - here he looks more like his idol (moHammit or OBL, as you choose):
http://www.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=58130

And here is his islamically-Insignificant Other in islamic gear:
- http://www.hindu.com/2005/11/25/stories/...951500.htm - looking like a faithful muslimah even if the CHindu headlines that she's been living unwed with her faithful muslim boyfriend. And here I was, thinking that the ummah would call jahanna down on her for that....
Ooh, and she looks even more faithful here:
http://www.bollywood101.com/article.asp?ar...ts-To-Act-Again

If she's totally innocent, what's she doing with three passports - one of which lists her as a Fauziya Usman and as married to Salem's friend:
http://www.tribuneindia.com/2002/2002100.../main1.htm
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->The Bhopal passport is the only one of the three passports which shows Monica as married. Interestingly, it gives the name of Abu Salem’s close friend Mohammad Usman Khan as her husband. Khan’s own passport (number B—0002312) issued from Dubai on December 16, 1999, also gives his wife’s name as Fauziya Usman. Monica’s Hyderabad passport was issued along with passport of Abu Salem issued in the name of Ramil Kamil Malik from Andhra Pradesh.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
Mudy, note I'm not disagreeing with your observation. You're right, of course. I do seriously disapprove of compromising photos taken without a person's permission and, even more when these have been made public. But my protests in this case are now coming out half-hearted only because I don't care about her in particular and don't really feel like lifting a finger on behalf of someone in love with a murderer-terrorist. Some crimes are qualitatively worse than others. That doesn't mean I think these tabloid photos are passable - merely that they've now been eclipsed by that far greater blot of evil that is her jihadi boyfriend and her ability to harbour any feelings for such a villain. No heroine here. Having found out that she's a shady person with a terrorist beau, I find myself thinking that I should save my energy for morally/mentally supporting actually sympathetic characters instead. But I'm there for joining you in giving the thumbs down to Ztv-the-ever-shoddy-and-now-beyond-tastelessly-tacky-too.

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->This is sick and irresponsible. They should punish ZeeTV.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->And while they're at it, can they please also punish monica's boyfriend (and monica if she's had any hand in his jihadi dealings). To the full extent of the law.
Adnan's parents blame media, police for his death
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Media hyped the issue too much and should have waited while the police were investigating the case. It was the question of an innocent boy's life or death. The kidnappers killed him after panicking, once the news was flashed in the media," Adnan's father Aslam Patrawala said.
"Aap log highlight ker rahe ho 35,000 aure pata nahi karorepati aur kya kya. Mumbai ke bhikhari ke bhi do-do flat hain. Woh kabhi ek baar bhi nahi chapa aap logon ne (You highlighted the million status. In Mumbai even the beggers own at least two flats)," an angry Aslam said.
Aslam also asked the media to be more responsible.
"I feel the media should be more responsible and they should be more concerned as far as such cases are concerned. Aap koi Bollywood ka shoot nahi ker rahe ho. Aap ek kidnapping cover ker rahe the and it was a question of life and death. (You were not covering a Bollywood shoot but a kidnapping case)," he said.
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Was checkin reviews of Virumaandi (Tamil movie released 3 years ago I guess) and came across this:
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Filmed in Tamil Nadu's Theni and Dindigul districts, the film captures the colours of festivals, fire worships, totem dances, a pagan south in full regalia.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Enterta...472,curpg-3.cms<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
what the hell is "pagan", the word was deliberately used to avoid the word "Hindu" which is what it should have been.
<!--QuoteBegin-Bharatvarsh+Sep 4 2007, 07:05 PM-->QUOTE(Bharatvarsh @ Sep 4 2007, 07:05 PM)<!--QuoteEBegin-->Was checkin reviews of Virumaandi (Tamil movie released 3 years ago I guess) and came across this:
<!--QuoteBegin--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Filmed in Tamil Nadu's Theni and Dindigul districts, the film captures the colours of festivals, fire worships, totem dances, a pagan south in full regalia.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Enterta...472,curpg-3.cms<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
what the hell is "pagan", the word was deliberately used to avoid the word "Hindu" which is what it should have been.
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Well, it is well known among all the well-wishers of the Times of Islamabad that every year there is an award for the "Most Anti-Hindu, Derogatory And Malicious" reporting. This year's sponsor is the the Vatican (this is a rotating sponsorship thing, the No-Left Left Behind Foundation did 2006, the popular whine-band "Godzilla Romillla and the BookaHookas featuring Margaret Roy" did 2005...)

Well, the 2006 MAH-DAM prize was shared by the "Hindu" and CNN; let us see who becomes this year's Mah'dam. Its not all that easy to maintain a Gentlemen's Recreational House these days...
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>India-baiting desi gets top Time job </b>
Pioneer News Service | New Delhi
The appointment of Aparisim 'Bobby' Ghosh as world editor of Time would no doubt be hailed as a first of its kind since he will be the first Indian and the first non-American to hold the post. It is also the first time that a person who thinks gobbledygook makes eminent sense simply because it runs down India, shall hold this exalted post.

Few readers of Time would recall that some time in 2001 Bobby Ghosh, the name he uses for his penmanship that appears in the American news weekly and its online edition, had 'organised' an essay competition, asking Indian and Pakistani readers for their views on the single greatest achievement in their country. The 'best' entries featured in his column, Subcontinental Drift, which appeared on timesasia.com.

Bobby Ghosh was impressed by the following entry on India's achievements, of which only a few lines have been quoted, to select it for 'special mention':

"Aelifgj0 r9814 a;kcr349m cpw lkdkj92l,g oewihv 620myj09v o568 oi4556u0 mov4598 ov96 pv59886 spviog qkjnd aoifng'ort a pokjtyb kjnvn clkfb xxq9c slrtv7c2 93c8u lfkn349 8u sl,cx m;'z'gi ;oesoityiu mpsporek psa9I u4302 pow95u w;4e9ie5 ;owetiuie r pqoiu 4w(pq34 o234q9 v;weoi 4ru0otoq;lorwiutrpo43jlrew98 wo9er7ov o349re87oa 9 9 7o..."

The 'essay' had an explanatory note: "What I mean to say from the above is that the achievements are nil and whatever they tried to achieve they made into mess, like the above." The writer whose entry Bobby Ghosh thought merited 'special mention' was a certain FDSFASDFA from India. Gibberish, Bobby Ghosh believes -- as also presumably do his employers -- make for quality journalism.

But Bobby Ghosh has been stacking his chips for some time now. His over-rated coverage of the war in Iraq is not the only reason why he has been awarded with a plum post over which some of his desi professional colleagues are going green with envy or delirious with joy.

<b>During the NDA years, Bobby Ghosh indulged in unrestrained Vajpayee-bashing and was scathing about most things Indian, which helped him establish his 'credentials' with those in charge of Time's affairs. As did his columns denouncing the NDA Government for not joining the US-led war against terror in which he made out India lacks the guts to slug it out.</b>

Never mind what the rest of the world thinks of Atal Bihari Vajpayee's innovative initiatives on Jammu & Kashmir, Bobby Ghosh -- how could he not! -- thought otherwise. <b>"Vajpayee's Kashmir policy may be summed up thus: Don't Shoot, Don't Talk, Don't Act. Apparently, the Prime Minister hopes that if he buries his head in the sand, the problems ... will simply go away," he wrote in a particularly vitriolic column, adding, "Vajpayee's inaction is not just unsatisfactory; it is downright dangerous. Ostriches, when they eventually remove their heads from the sand, usually find themselves in a more precarious situation than before. So too will Vajpayee."</b>
Similarly,<b> he lashed out at Vajpayee for seeking to protect the Bamiyan Buddhas from the Taliban: "The land of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru is being lectured on religious tolerance by Afghanistan's Taliban. For this, as with so many recent ignominies, India has Atal Behari Vajpayee to thank. Yet again the Prime Minister's desire to be seen the world statesman has left his country shamed... The response from Kabul -- and from leaders of India's Muslim minority -- was a stinging slap in the face.</b>

The trouble is, it's hard to do a good impression of statesmanship when you're hopping about on one foot -- the other being lodged in your mouth."

Aggressive in tone and offensive in tenor,<b> Bobby Ghosh is particularly fond of berating the Indian Army for its anti-terror operations in Jammu & Kashmir (although, strangely, he thinks the US-led war on terror is a good idea): "When under pressure, the Indian Army tends to drop any consideration of human rights and lash out in all directions, taking a heavy toll on the civilian populace... The recent strengthening of Indian troop concentrations in Kashmir and the belligerent statements from Army brass as well as political leaders suggests Delhi is preparing to step up its military operations in the disputed territory...".</b>

Presuming to speak on behalf of the US Administration, but getting it all utterly so very wrong, Bobby Ghosh once pompously declared,<b> "The US doesn't need Indian air bases, and were it not inappropriate to guffaw in these sombre times, Washington would probably laugh at Delhi's offer of intelligence on the Taliban and bin Laden. (My own contacts in the Indian intelligence community assure me that Delhi has little practical, up-to-date information to offer.)"</b>

With such access to information and such insight into America's strategic interests, it is only right that Bobby Ghosh should be Time's world editor.
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I have seen this pompous windbag on TV. He will do great wherever unsubstantiated claims can be made with impunity. His Iraq "analysis" was an annoying broken record of all possible viewpoints rehashed and put together (with higher weightage given to GOP views), with a not-so-subtle "I look more like an Iraqi than any of your white reporters, so I must be better" undercurrent to his whines.

I guess Bobby Ghosh and Alex "ABV is senile" Perry will have lots of fun Times together bashing India....
<b>Sting operation falls apart but channel isn't sorry</b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->New Delhi: Uma Khurana, a teacher in a Delhi school, lost her job and was abused and attacked by a mob after a TV channel did a sting operation in which she was shown pushing her own students into prostitution.

<b>Live India channel’s report has now fallen apart and it appears that Khurana, who taught mathematics at the government-run Sarvodaya Vidyalaya in central Delhi, was framed and the allegations against her may not be true.</b>

Rashmi Singh, an aspiring journalist who posed as a schoolgirl and the victim of a prostitution racket in the sting operation, was on Friday remanded in judicial custody till September 15. Prakash Singh, the reporter who carried out the sting operation, is under arrest.

Live India’s conduct is being investigated but lawyers say it will be difficult to haul up the channel for criminal neglect. "If the knowledge and intent on the part of the channel can’t be established, in that case even the criminal offence of defamation may not be sustainable (against the channel). But it may still be liable for damages under civil law," said Supreme Court lawyer K T S Tulsi.

The Delhi Police continues its probe of the sting that cost Khurana her job and reputation last week. A mob assaulted her near the school; she was arrested and remanded in judicial custody and the Delhi government’s education department sacked her.

Live India says its stands by its story. "The entire sting is not fake but yes there are weak links, which we also came to know after reading media reports and after police started investigating," said Sudhir Chaudhary, the CEO of Live India.

Meanwhile, the Delhi High court has taken suo motu cognizance of media reports and asked the Delhi government and the Delhi Police to reply on the authenticity of the sting operation by Monday.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->

This is sick. They should close down these channel and punish these journalist.
This fake operation caused riots in Delhi. They framed her because real estate deal.

Listen this
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Sting op: Court issues notice to Govt, police </b>
Pioneer News Service | New Delhi
Taking suo motu cognisance of the fake sting operation, the Delhi High Court on Friday issued notices to the Delhi Government and the Delhi Police.   
Accused journalist in Tis Hazari court on Friday - Pioneer photo

In its order, the court said that "we have come across a media report published in national English newspapers about a sting operation", which is as per news report is sham and concocted. Aftermath violence had exploded in old Delhi and accused <b>Uma Khurana was attacked. It also caused public and private property damaged. Now Khurana has been terminated and languishing in the jail. </b>

A Bench comprising Chief Justice MK Sharma and Justice Sanjeev Khanna directed the Government and the Delhi Police to file its response by Monday when the matter would be taken up by them.

"Delhi Police may submit before us a report based on investigation made by the police into the allegation on sting operation and the fall out thereof. Delhi Police can also on the basis of its investigation move an appropriate application or petition before the concerned court, if Khurana is innocent," the order says.

The court passed the direction when senior advocate and president of Delhi High Court Bar Association Amarjit Singh Chadhiok placed a cutting of newspaper reports before it questioning the authenticity of the sting operation. The Bench, however, refused to issue notice to the TV channel <!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
Now why Khurana is in jail. When rape allegation against Rahul Gandhi came out why Police refused to take action against him, in her case police rushed to put her in jail.
How swift was Education minister, without any inquiry he terminated her job? Someone should terminate his job.
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Stinging shame </b>
The Pioneer Edit Desk
TV news is becoming a sick joke
The revelation that the 'sting operation' conducted by Live India (the channel formerly known as Janmat) against a Delhi school teacher to show her as running a prostitution racket was a hoax and a frame-up represents an act of infamy without parallel in Indian media. Not only did the channel fail to conduct due diligence before telecasting the 'story', it justified its fecklessness and refused to take the blame for the rioting that took place in the school's vicinity in Delhi's Daryaganj area, by claiming it had done its job by informing the police. The channel and its editor, not to speak of its criminal news gatherers, deserve exemplary punishment. They are a shame on the profession of journalism. That aside, the <b>over-enthusiastic and limelight-hungry Mr Aravinder Singh Lovely, Delhi's Minister for Education, should be penalised. At the very least, he needs to be censured and ordered to tender a public apology to the victimised teacher, Ms Uma Khurana. Mr Lovely immediately and instantly rushed to television cameras and microphones and announced the teacher's dismissal from service. He did not wait for a departmental inquiry or a conviction; he did not offer to suspend her pending a definitive investigation. He merrily issued a firman and made his behaviour even more unpardonable by personally attacking Ms Khurana and questioning her character.</b> It now appears that the teacher was done in by a conspiracy hatched by a low-life individual masquerading as a reporter and an equally malevolent creditor to whom Ms Khurana owed some money. In fact, the monetary transaction being discussed on the so-called 'sting' tape concerns the debt.

For the media, the fictional sting operation climaxes a period of very damaging events. Recently, Zee News was hauled up by the courts for showing images of Ms Monica Bedi having a bath in a Bhopal prison. Where was the public interest in this clipping? Did it not amount to a severe infringement of an individual's right to privacy and even, really, a citizen's fundamental rights? In any other democracy with an efficacious legal and grievance redressal system, Ms Bedi and Ms Khurana could have sued the two channels and taken their proprietors to the cleaners. It is time India's television news industry resorts to some serious introspection. Hiring wide-eyed bounty-hunters with no enlightened idea of journalism as a calling; giving rookies access to a powerful tool such as mass media without adequate training, without setting up a system of checks and balances and informed gatekeepers; reducing revenue generation to, in some cases, blatant blackmail; outsourcing news 'creation' (literally!) and buying 'sting stories' from professional voyeurs and purveyors of sleaze - is this the future of India's news media? A backlash against the news channel industry has been building up. The fake sting may just be the inflection point. If the Government steps in with a harsh code, news channel heads may find that middle class viewers are not with them. Unless this incident serves as a wake-up call, news television, in its desperation to grab eyeballs, will find its credibility on a downward spiral.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
What is media & who owns media in Bharat
9/12/2007 11:10:17 AM Niranjan Shah

I have come across some interesting information about the ownership of media in Bhaarat. What is media? Media is plural of medium. Mass media is the term used to denote, as a class, that section of the media specifically conceived and designed to reach a very large audience (typically at least as large as the whole population of a nation state). The word media was coined in the 1920s with the advent of nationwide radio networks and of mass-circulation newspapers and magazines. This includes messages that are distributed through the technologies, principally text in books, study guides and computer networks; sound in audio-tapes and broadcast: pictures in video-tapes and broadcast; text, sound and/or pictures in a teleconference. The means by which information is distributed such as print, broadcast, CD-ROM, World Wide Web, and so forth is also Media.

Mass media in Bhaarat is that part of the Indian media which aims to reach a wide audience. Besides the news media, which includes print, radio and television, the Internet is playing an increasing role, along with the growth of the Indian blogging community. Compared with many other developing countries, the Indian press is relatively unfettered, except for obstacles in the way of setting up media companies which were part of the pre-1990 license Raj.

In 2001, India had 45,974 newspapers, including 5,364 daily newspapers published in over 100 languages. The largest number of newspapers were published in Hindi (20,589), followed by English (7,596), Marathi (2,943), Urdu (2,906), Bengali (2,741), Gujarati (2,215), Tamil (2,119), Kannada (1,816), Malayalam (1,505) and Telugu (1,289). The Hindi daily press has a circulation of over 23 million copies, followed by English with over 8 million copies.

There are several major publishing groups in India, the most prominent among them being the Times of India Group, the Indian Express Group, the Hindustan Times Group, The Hindu group, the Anandabazar Patrika Group, the Eenadu Group, the Malayalam Manorama Group, the Mathrubhumi group, the Sahara group, the Bhaskar group, and the Dainik Jagran group.

India has more than 40 domestic news agencies. The Express News Service, the Press Trust of India, and the United News of India are among the major news agencies. Let us see the ownership of different media agencies.

NDTV: A very popular TV news media is funded by Gospels of Charity in Spain supports Communism. Recently it has developed a soft corner towards Pakistan because Pakistan President has allowed only this channel to be aired in Pakistan. Indian CEO Prannoy Roy is co-brother of Prakash Karat, General Secretary of Communist party of India.

India Today: which used to be the only national weekly who supported BJP is now bought by NDTV!! Since then the tone has changed drastically and turned into Hindu bashing.

CNN-IBN: This is 100 percent funded by Southern Baptist Church with its branches in all over the world with HQ in US. The Church annually allocates $800 million for promotion of its channel. Its Indian head is Rajdeep Sardesai and his wife Sagarika Ghosh.

Times group list: Times Of India, Mid-Day, Nav-Bharth Times, Stardust, Femina, Vijaya Times, Vijaya Karnataka, Times now (24- hour news channel) and many more. Times Group is owned by Bennet & Coleman. "World Christian Council" does 80 percent of the Funding, and an Englishman and an Italian equally share balance 20 percent. The Italian Robertio Mindo is a close relative of Sonia Gandhi.

Star TV: It is run by an Australian, who is supported by St. Peters Pontificial Church Melbourne.

Hindustan Times: Owned by Birla Group, but hands have changed since Shobana Bhartiya took over. Presently it is working in Collobration with Times Group.

The Hindu: English daily, started over 125 years has been recently taken over by Joshua Society, Berne, Switzerland. Indian Express: Divided into two groups.

The Indian Express and new Indian Express (southern edition). Acts Ministries has major stake in the Indian Express and later is still with the Indian counterpart.

Eeenadu: Still to date controlled by an Indian named Ramoji Rao. Ramoji Rao is connected with film industry and owns a huge studio in Andhra Pradesh.

Andhra Jyothi: The Muslim party of Hyderabad known as MIM along with a Congress Minister has purchased this Telgu daily very recently.

The Statesman: It is controlled by Communist Party of India. Kairal TV: It is controlled by Communist party of India (Marxist)

Mathrubhoomi: Leaders of Muslim League and Communist leaders have major investment.

Asian Age and Deccan Chronicle: Is owned by a Saudi Arabian Company with its chief Editor M.J. Akbar.

The ownership explains the control of media in India by foreigners. The result is obvious. — Grandpa's blessings.
http://www.indiatribune.com/popuparticle.a...D=68268/23/2007
Acharya,

We need to have proof for this one. Is there a way that we can get the shares information of these news papers. Who are board of directors etc.

I want to seriously explore buying an existing media outlet. Not that I have money, but I would like to start a movement with the help of like minded people. If some southern baptists can buy an outlet why can't you and I buy it if we have a strategy.
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India media work as mafia, old house still have strong muscles in corridors of power within and outside India. Ambanis tried dry run of daily English newspaper for six months in Delhi (1990s), it failed because of politicians, HT and TOI.

I have spent some time in HT & TOI, you need contacts, muscle, politicians and babus in pocket. I can bet Ambanis tried everything but TOI outsmart them.
Congress is known for IT raids in media houses, TOI infamous fires and HT mumbo jumbo and IE family feud kept all these houses in check. Ambanis were sitting in Bombay so that may be a problem.

Current TV channels are supported by other media houses. AIR and Doordarshans Bengali Babus did lot of family service to promote own group or now in media they call it Bongs invasion, which produced NDTV, AajTak and IBN-live. Now TOI is bongs house.

You need a big politician in pocket along with few babus (more corrupt much better) and ofcourse funds.
From Tribune, 14 Sept., 2007
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Must be all the samosa and syrupy chai sessions with PMO Press Officers.

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Free alcohol, gulab Jamun and frequent free meals, unhygienic working environment.
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Congress is known for IT raids in media houses, TOI infamous fires and HT mumbo jumbo and IE family feud kept all these houses in check. Ambanis were sitting in Bombay so that may be a problem.
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I totally understand that it is difficult. I am not talking about buying the thing with outright cash or something similar. What we(jingos with business sense) should explore is to find a mechanism to buy shares. When we buy, we buy as individuals and once we has substantial shares, we can try to get over the board or something. This has to be done like a movement with a stragegy. [EDITED - Suggestion illegal - Admin] May be I am totally wrong here because the india media did not reach a stage where someone can forcibly takeover. For example in case of Deccan Chronicle, 70% share is with the promoters.

I might be sounding like a fool and I wish some guru on the forum can outline the ways and means to get to a point of accessing the shares of these media outlets.

BTW Ambani will take over India Today. Substantial portion of shares are with them now.
Better option is online newspaper with audio and video option and news TV channel, even it means 2-3 hours prime time slot everyday.

It is feasible.
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By Niranjan Shah –

I have come across some interesting information about the ownership of media in Bhaarat. What is media? Media is plural of medium. Mass media is the term used to denote, as a class, that section of the media specifically conceived and designed to reach a very large audience (typically at least as large as the whole population of a nation state). The word media was coined in the 1920s with the advent of nationwide radio networks and of mass-circulation newspapers and magazines. This includes messages that are distributed through the technologies, principally text in books, study guides and computer networks; sound in audio-tapes and broadcast: pictures in video-tapes and broadcast; text, sound and/or pictures in a teleconference. The means by which information is distributed such as print, broadcast, CD-ROM, World Wide Web, and so forth is also Media.

Mass media in Bhaarat is that part of the Indian media which aims to reach a wide audience. Besides the news media, which includes print, radio and television, the Internet is playing an increasing role, along with the growth of the Indian blogging community. Compared with many other developing countries, the Indian press is relatively unfettered, except for obstacles in the way of setting up media companies which were part of the pre-1990 license Raj.

In 2001, India had 45,974 newspapers, including 5,364 daily newspapers published in over 100 languages. The largest number of newspapers were published in Hindi (20,589), followed by English (7,596), Marathi (2,943), Urdu (2,906), Bengali (2,741), Gujarati (2,215), Tamil (2,119), Kannada (1,816), Malayalam (1,505) and Telugu (1,289). The Hindi daily press has a circulation of over 23 million copies, followed by English with over 8 million copies.

There are several major publishing groups in India, the most prominent among them being the Times of India Group, the Indian Express Group, the Hindustan Times Group, The Hindu group, the Anandabazar Patrika Group, the Eenadu Group, the Malayalam Manorama Group, the Mathrubhumi group, the Sahara group, the Bhaskar group, and the Dainik Jagran group.

India has more than 40 domestic news agencies. The Express News Service, the Press Trust of India, and the United News of India are among the major news agencies. Let us see the ownership of different media agencies.

NDTV: A very popular TV news media is funded by Gospels of Charity in Spain supports Communism. Recently it has developed a soft corner towards Pakistan because Pakistan President has allowed only this channel to be aired in Pakistan. Indian CEO Prannoy Roy is co-brother of Prakash Karat, General Secretary of Communist party of India.

India Today which used to be the only national weekly who supported BJP is now bought by NDTV!! Since then the tone has changed drastically and turned into Hindu bashing.

CNN-IBN: This is 100 percent funded by Southern Baptist Church with its branches in all over the world with HQ in US. The Church annually allocates $800 million for promotion of its channel. Its Indian head is Rajdeep Sardesai and his wife Sagarika Ghosh.

Times group list:
Times Of India, Mid-Day, Nav-Bharth Times, Stardust, Femina, Vijaya Times, Vijaya Karnataka, Times now (24- hour news channel) and many more. Times Group is owned by Bennet & Coleman. "World Christian Council" does 80 percent of the Funding, and an Englishman and an Italian equally share balance 20 percent. The Italian Robertio Mindo is a close relative of Sonia Gandhi.

Star TV: It is run by an Australian, who is supported by St. Peters Pontificial Church Melbourne.

Hindustan Times: Owned by Birla Group, but hands have changed since Shobana Bhartiya took over. Presently it is working in Collobration with Times Group.

The Hindu:
English daily, started over 125 years has been recently taken over by Joshua Society, Berne, Switzerland. Indian Express: Divided into two groups.

The Indian Express and new Indian Express (southern edition). Acts Ministries has major stake in the Indian Express and later is still with the Indian counterpart.

Eeenadu: Still to date controlled by an Indian named Ramoji Rao. Ramoji Rao is connected with film industry and owns a huge studio in Andhra Pradesh.

Andhra Jyothi: The Muslim party of Hyderabad known as MIM along with a Congress Minister has purchased this Telgu daily very recently.

The Statesman: It is controlled by Communist Party of India. Kairal TV: It is controlled by Communist party of India (Marxist)

Mathrubhoomi: Leaders of Muslim League and Communist leaders have major investment.

Asian Age and Deccan Chronicle: Is owned by a Saudi Arabian Company with its chief Editor M.J. Akbar.

The ownership explains the control of media in India by foreigners. The result is obvious. — Grandpa's blessings

http://www.indiatribune.com/popuparticle.a...D=68268/23/2007 11:53:59 AM
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Even Dainik Jagran has recently sold its online presence to Yahoo.com <!--emo&Sad--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/sad.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='sad.gif' /><!--endemo--> Not sure what that would mean.
Mudy is right about the online news channel and it can be run with a few staffers and can have adbased revenue. If it is themes correctly will attract a lot of on-line traffic. Come on you software experts come up with a business plan an lets do it. I will be part of the team.

Meanwhile I note that folks in Houston are very active in giving awards to Justice Sachar and Kader Khan (excuse for actor).

Also whats with desi papers claiming 911 was bad for South Asians and giving sob stories of discrimination when the cases are pure robbery?

Eg. See latest India West cover story.

If this is taken to the limit the image of the Indian community will be seen to be that of whining ninnies. Will be the Gandhi, Startups and whiners.
I understand that online news channels are best and we can write the correct views that many of the members here and BR can write. This option is always there.

It is really India that is where we need to make the "right media" popular. My proposal was to explore ways to agressively kill the DDM by means of takeovers etc. There are number of NRI businessmen with develop India focus. All of these folks might be united on a "Kill DDM" forum to plan something big.

These are all my random thoughts. I think some news papers like TOI etc are too much of corporate level with less holding in actual promoter. May be if there is a chance, "Kill DDM" forum can pool and raise funds to buy shares indiscriminately and ultimately try for a hostile takeover.



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