Television

Dangerous trends in TV news broadcast

NEW DELHI: Talk shows, personality-driven news channels, outraged journalism and populist pressures tailoring news content. These are some of the dangerous trends visible in television news broadcasting across the globe.


The TV news industry is, indeed, going through a tough phase as losses mount and ratings decide the revenue fortunes of channels, forcing content to become trivial, mediocre and commoditised to have mass appeal.


Speaking at the 5th News Television Summit, TV Today Network news director QW Naqvi candidly admitted that content that should never have found space sometimes got carried on news channels due to commercial pressures.


The taste of viewers has also changed. "We should stop looking from our own perspective. Content keeps changing and we have to keep changing,” said Naqvi.


A bigger danger looms ahead when feedback from social media starts getting used by TV news journalists to decide on what kind of content they should be chasing. "We will fall prey to populistic pressures if we start covering stories the way our Twitter or other social media followers want us to," Naqvi warned.


Agreed IBN18 Network Editor-in-Chief Rajdeep Sardesai. "I wouldn‘t mind leaving space for entertainment and other kinds of news. But imagine what it will be like if we start yielding to populist pressure when we are dealing with serious and sensitive issues like India-Pakistan relationship," he said.


There is still, however, space for quality content. "Digitisation, hopefully, will allow space for premium content. In the current model, distribution cost is hurting us badly. Content is getting sacrificed in the process. There is very little of content differentiation," said Sardesai.


Commenting on content differentiation, NDTV Group Editor- English News, NDTV, NDTV 24x7 Barkha Dutt said the news channels will become more personality-oriented in future.


Lamenting the deterioration in news, Dutt said she would probably have not joined the TV news medium if she had known how badly the standards would slip. She said that being the first generation of TV journalists, she didn’t join it for glamour.


Sardesai admitted that journalists have stopped doing their homework. Quoting the example of the “Norway kids case” where every news channel blamed the government of that country, he said that no journalist cared to do the background check. He added that outrage is not journalism and suggested that journalists should keep a balance.


On the use of social media, the panellists adopted a cautionary stance. While Dutt said that she sometimes used it as a lead, Naqvi pointed out that there is need to differentiate between news and non-news.


The challenge will be to provide news through different platforms. Said Sardesai, “With social media, TV medium has to reinvent like print did. In about 12 months’ time, people will come to know the news headlines via social media. They will tend to come to TV for opinions."


CNN International chief of bureau South Asia Phillip Turner said that TV news is an exciting medium and is not going to be dead as predicted by many.


Talking about the regional scenario, TV9 Kannada and News9 director Mahendra Mishra said in regional markets, especially in South India, there are many channels backed by politicians or people with deep pockets who have money to waste. "The main motive of the channels is to gain power and influence and not necessarily run a profitable business," he averred.

Latest Reads

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/06/20/flix.jpg?itok=xMcG7N6B
Leap into the world of robots and cyber terrorists as &flix brings the premiere of ‘Ghost in the Shell’

&flix, the all-new destination for the most-awaited Hollywood hits, is all set to bring the Indian television premiere of the 2017 American sci-fi action film ‘Ghost in the Shell’, this Sunday, June 24 at 1 PM & 9 PM. The movie, which is part of the channel’s ‘Flix First Premiere’ property...

Television TV Channels English Entertainment
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/06/20/cnbc.jpg?itok=a0MUy3Eu
CNBC-TV18 announces the 8th edition of the india healthcare and wellness awards

CNBC-TV18, India’s leading English business news channel along with ICICI Lombard, announces the 8th edition of the‘Indian Healthcare and Wellness Awards.’ The awards will acknowledge and felicitate the best of medical and wellness service providers in the industry. The event will also serve as a...

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/06/20/Mihir-Bhatt.jpg?itok=0_g71hzd
Times Network appoints Mihir Bhatt as chief editor - IPs

MUMBAI: Times Network, part of India’s largest media conglomerate, The Times Group, today announced the appointment of Mihir Bhatt as chief editor – IPs. In his new role, Mihir will spearhead efforts to create unique and content-rich offerings on all IPs of the network, in addition to his...

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/06/20/andrew.jpg?itok=qvyaHkKe
Andrew Marshall joins HOOQ as general counsel

MUMBAI: HOOQ, Asia’s first video-on-demand service, has appointed Andrew Marshall as the new general counsel. Marshall, who will be  based out of the company’s headquarters in Singapore, will bring his legal and regulatory expertise to the streaming platform.

Television TV Channels People
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/06/20/bhole.jpg?itok=zJdtYiUV
Sony Yay to launch English audio feeds

MUMBAI: After building a robust content portfolio for their young viewers and becoming the only home-grown kids’ channel in India with five languages – Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali and Malayalam, Sony Yay is set to add another feather to its cap by soon launching English audio feeds....

Television TV Channels Viewership
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/06/19/f1.jpg?itok=KyNNqCdg
Formula 1 launches OTT platform with two subscription models

Formula 1 (F1), one of the world's most prized sporting properties, launched its over the top (OTT) service F1 TV last month. The platform comes with two service models - F1 TV Pro (Live) and F1 TV Access (non-live) - at different price points.

Television TV Channels Sports
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/06/20/fifa.jpg?itok=WqHzV1Re
Sony Pictures Networks India Announces Interactive Digital Experiences for Fans for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) is all set to transform the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia experience for fans through new digital initiatives. SPN has introduced an integration with Facebook AR (Augmented Reality) studio and has launched a unique Second Screen experience for viewers.

Television TV Channels Sports
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/06/19/dsport.jpg?itok=3gyfqV4Y
LIVE Coverage of Tour De France on DSPORT this year

LIVE Coverage of Tour De France on DSPORT this year

Television TV Channels Sports
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/06/20/prive.jpg?itok=V9o-d_fs
&Privé HD presents The Black List - stories that challenged the norms

Cinema has always been a classic means of expression. However, over the years, there have been multiple Hollywood scripts that struggled to see the light of the day. These were stories which broke the norms but were pushed into the dark owing to either their controversial themes or because it didn...

Television TV Channels English Entertainment

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories