Television

There is a need for self-correcting mechanisms in media: Pranab Mukherjee

https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/smartcrop_800x800/public/images/tv-images/2014/02/27/Pranab%20Mukherjee.jpg?itok=IKOuv9u6

NEW DELHI: President Pranab Mukherjee today said there was need for self-correcting mechanisms to check ‘aberrations’ like the malaise of paid news in the media.

Inaugurating the Platinum Jubilee celebrations of the Indian Newspaper Society (INS), the President said, “It is distressing to note that some publications have resorted to “Paid News” and other such marketing strategies to drive their revenues.”

The temptation to “dumb down” news should also be resisted, he said, stressing that the nation faces critical challenges that go well beyond the pressure of ‘Breaking News’ and immediate headlines. While newspapers must continue to be effective raconteurs, they must also be visionary nation builders.

But he said India’s ‘vast, varied and vibrant media is a national asset and the media as a whole not only keeps people informed but also performs a very crucial function of presenting ideas and alternatives in the domain of policy formulation and implementation.’

The President said these are changing times and it is not possible for newspapers to be spared from the consequences of the evolution of ideas and the embrace of technology. It is essential for newspapers to be alive to the challenges of technology and to harness responsibly the opportunities that present themselves.

He said the influence, credibility and quality of the Indian media is well recognised. Newspapers must be keepers of the conscience of the country. They have to be active participants in the continuing endeavour to nurture a democratic republic committed to achieving justice and fundamental freedoms for all citizens. Journalists must bring to public notice the array of ills and deprivations that continue to beset large numbers of our people – be it malnourishment, continuance of discriminatory practices against sections of society, particularly dalits, or the burdens and tragic consequences of indebtedness. They must shape and influence public opinion even as they provide objective and balanced coverage of news.

He said the Indian Newspaper Society has over the years met the challenges of time even as it has represented the most influential of India’s newspapers and periodicals. “75 years ago, the world was a very different place. Newspapers of the time not only survived the shortages that war brought in its wake, but also engaged themselves in the difficult task of informing people of the momentous events of a contentious period in our history. It took resolve, vision and a sense of destiny on the part of the founding fathers to have formed a society that could take up issues of common interest for its members. INS members have played a vital role in nurturing a free Press which is a critical component of our democracy,” he added.

The President stressed that over the years, INS members have informed society and promoted debate on the important questions that confront the nation. “Be it the ravages wrought by war or those inflicted by the man-made Bengal famine, the trials and tribulations of a nation torn by partition or the building of modern day India, newspapers have played a crucial role in educating Indians and giving expression to the diversity of views in our society, upholding thereby the fundamental right to freedom of speech and expression,” he concluded.   

Latest Reads

https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/01/22/event_captaa.jpg?itok=5aXQ-9HZ
Event Capital announces the 4th edition of Nickelodeon Windmill Festival

Mumbai:  The 4th edition of India’s largest festival for kids, Nickelodeon Windmill Festival, an initiative of Event Capital and Tribe Asia, is all set to take place on 22nd and 23rd February, 2020 at JioWorld Garden, BKC in Mumbai. The festival offers a wholesome experience for toddlers, pre-teens...

Television TV Channels Kids
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/01/22/star-sport.jpg?itok=UiDI9AqM
Star Sports Network to televise Naman Awards 2020 on Friday

MUMBAI: Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) organised the twelfth edition of its prestigious annual award, Naman on 12th January 2020. During the event, BCCI recognised cricketing excellence showcased by the Indian cricketers during the year 2018-19.

Television TV Channels Sports
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/01/22/discovery.jpg?itok=uuGtWYJt
Discovery Channel to celebrate Republic Day with ‘India On Film’

MUMBAI: Discovery Channel, India’s leading destination for real-life entertainment, will celebrate 70 Republic Day of India with a special documentary ‘India On Film’, a unique two-part documentary film, narrated by versatile actor Rahul Bose. The film explores never seen before archival footage...

Television TV Channels English Entertainment
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/01/22/andprive.jpg?itok=Zecxkhbm
&PrivéHD premieres ‘Gloria Bell’ on 25 January

MUMBAI: From Academy Award-winning director Sebastián Lelio comes a sophisticated romantic comedy that shows love can strike at any time, relationships are never simple, and nothing can get you down as long as you keep dancing. But, there’s always another side to a story. &PrivéHD brings the...

Television TV Channels English Entertainment
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/01/22/zeel.jpg?itok=zEIFGiIz
ZEEL’s consolidated revenue stands at Rs 2048.7 crore in Q3 FY20

Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL) and its subsidiaries for the quarter ended 31 December 2019 on Tuesday. For the third quarter of FY20, ZEEL reported consolidated revenue of Rs.20,48.7 crore. EBITDA was Rs.5,65.8 crore with an EBITDA margin of27.6 per cent.

Television TV Channels GECs
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/01/22/sangeeta.jpg?itok=sPz0P8nG
NBCUniversal India gets Sangeetha Aiyer as marketing head

Former head of marketing: Network18 Digital, Sangeetha Aiyer, has been appointed as the head of marketing, NBCUniversal India. She will be responsible for the marketing, digital and promotional strategy of Universal Pictures theatrical products in India.

Television TV Channels People
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/01/22/sony2.jpg?itok=MEWso-8T
Sony Pictures Networks opts for on-ground promotion for Australian Open 2020

Massification being the end objective, Sony Pictures Networks (SPN) is planning to go big in promoting the prominent sporting events that will take place this year. Moreover, the broadcaster also revealed the new on-ground campaign initiatives to promote the first grand slam of the year to Indian...

Television TV Channels Sports
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/01/21/animal.jpg?itok=trAY6LnJ
Animal Planet’s unveils new series ‘The Lion Kingdom’

MUMBAI: Animal Planet has been dedicated to bringing to the fore incredible stories from the animal kingdom. Taking yet another step in this direction, starting 27 January, at 9 PM, the channel is all set to premiere an incredible 10-part series ‘The Lion Kingdom’ which will take viewers at the...

Television TV Channels English Entertainment
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/01/21/colors.jpg?itok=HYR1Kbfp
Colors to premiere 'Naati Pinky Ki Lambi Love Story' on 27 Jan

MUMBAI: Colors will bring heart-warming love story Naati Pinky Ki Lambi Love Story from 27 January. The show will trace the journey of Pinky who is short but feisty, a fighter but also a dreamer, perceived as flawed but hope to find her true love.  Produced by Bodhi Tree Multimedia, Co-powered by...

Television TV Channels GECs

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories