When will these channels be banned, the Nation wants to know?
Times Now was previously the worst news channel on TV. Now it has a competitor in the form of Republic TV, led by the same loudmouth Arnab Goswami. Media-buying agencies seem to be driving news channels stark raving mad. In order to retain maximum attention, the news channels dump all headlines on to the screen, which scream on to the screen, flash for a few seconds and disappear without a trace. Most of the time, there is no relation to the current news and the headlines floating all over the screen. With the launch of the new channel Republic, the madness continues.
Last year, I read online that Times Now had gone crazy with their burning issue thing. I did not immediately know what it meant. Some days later, I saw it for real on TV. They literally had Navika Kumar burning amidst graphics of flames all over the screen. To drive the point further, they was also a title “burning issue.” While it is “headlines” or “breaking news” for other channels, for Times Now it was “burning issue”, as if trying to sear it into our memories. The unabashed crudeness did not seem to have struck anyone in the Times Now crew.
So, What do you need to run a TV news channels?
- Several people yelling like dogs.
- The most garish gut-wrenching graphics!
- Banners, tickers & popups everywhere trying to grab attention about news that probably never gets aired. (I change the channel.)
- Breaking news headlines that doesn’t get covered until the next hour. If the next hour is a yelling match wait for another hour.
- Annoying advertisements popping up in news tickers, popups & banners.
On this stupid republic TV, they may talk all the time about some big issue but that’s not the big issue. Main issue is Republic TV. Can you count how many times it is mentioned on the screen?
I hate to say it but why can’t Indian news channels learn something from foreign news channels? Of course, their judgement is just as impaired but their production values are much better. The journalist on the ground is not trying to shout all the way from the studio. The anchor, usually, is calmness-personified, not a nervous breathless jerk.
Does it have to be so crappy?
Every Indian news channel is suffering from the same syndrome. They are copying the worst from each other. On my DTH connection, I use the a la carte option and I don’t have Times New anymore. Instead, there is the free India Today channel. It is just like Times Now. Coverage on J&K is so bad that people there may soon have more beef against TV channels than against the Army. (Viewer discretion advised; The Friday Times; http://www.thefridaytimes.com/tft/viewer-discretion-advised/)
This is all because of foreign-owned media-buying and TV-rating agencies. They want all advertising money to go to pet online properties owned by globalist reptilians. The long-term plan is to destroy traditional media in favour of closed-garden media shops.
Like hungry dogs fighting over a bone, Indian TV channels are being made to throw away all rules. Look at the online hashtags created by them – #MakePakPay & #BarbaricPak. These same media orgs have print newspapers. This sort of fight for crumbs does not exist there – although media rating agencies have tried to mess there to. In fact, with newspaper reader surveys they tried to initiate this sort of dog-eat-dog competition among newspapers. The tactic used is always the same – the beneficiary of the survey or that ratings tally is the leader. This makes it easier to starve and destroy the rest. Fortunately, for the Indian print media, this was not a problem, as readership has been increasing for all players. For TV companies, it has not been good because there are no reliable numbers on who is watching which channel. DTH companies would be able to reliable rating numbers if they provided a la carte options but many news channels are safely bundled with other channels so that any kind of audience measurement is impossible.