The Punjabi who owns TV Today - and thus the wonderfully sharp and fast channels Aaj Tak and Headlines Today, must be a very worried man. You see while NDTV goes from strength to strength, at least on the profits front, TV Today's abysmal results are mind-boggling. The Punjabi is more scared now then he was when faced with India Today's rapidly declining readership. According to the numbers donated to us by the Stock Bourses - TVTN's net profits are down from Rs 32 crore to Rs 16 crore, and net incomes rose only one crore to Rs 140 crore. The TV news ad-pie increased by some Rs 200 crore to Rs 500 crore this year, yet TVTN - 'Sabse Tez' was totally wrong-footed by the half-Bong and the other (limping) Punjabi. NDTV and TV18 have increased revenues substantially. And yet, even after these results, even more news channels want to come into the fray, with even more dubious ownership.
The first, and biggest in this case - is Jain and Jain Comapny Limited's venture into TV. We've seen how Zoom TV promotes half-witted celebs and models with 38C cups who can't speak either Hindi or English into the limelight - sort of. Now, we will see half-witted wannabe journos who might not know English (for proof read any day's ET) who will give you the news. After TVTN's results I'ld be worried, because I honestly believe that there is only TV media organisation worth its salt in this country - that of the half-Bong's. OK, so Prannoy has handed over all his shares to his daughter Tara, but still after losing Rajdeep they have held their flock very well, and Rajdeep is (according to the grapevine) pissed that none of his NDTV chela's (other than his driver apparently) left with him. I've never seen Vishnu and P Siddy happier, I believe they are getting great salary increases.
Talking of salary increases - where the fuck is mine?
No wonder the Punjabi is losing his best anchors and ad-sales people, because he don't pay them (and according to friends there has even cut down the late night drop-off's due to cost cutting). The loss of editorial people has also begun, and the riff-raff is staying behind. The riff-raff mind you are the types who would consider a dog getting run over in the parking-lot to be a huge story (no offense to dog lovers) but these guys recently slept through the first hour of the Advani melodrama, which like it or not was newsy. Even Chautala's Total TV had it on before them, I was just surfing, I don't watch TV News usually. Any Channel. They are all as bad.
I noticed the latest Tehelka, which, incidentally has launched a scathing attack on Sudheendra Kulkarni. Hmmm, Kulkarni is being made into a Rasputin (Advani as Czar Nicolas II?) over here, but the truth is that he really had nothing to do with this. According to a top-BJP functionary and a man close to Advani, the reason given for Advani's Pakistani misadventure and subsequent melodrama - Senility. This person is, well, fairly close to me and I have no reason to doubt him. And it fits into my BJP going senile theory.
Now back to the exciting dynamics of the Indian Washing Machine market! Yea!
PS : On a personal note, things are back to normal, somewhat, and I am feeling good because I heard some decent news. But today is chill with Mommy day!