Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Boom...

Shyam sent this link across, and this got me wondering - Bombay-based English news channel. The only one I know of (Times Now, by the way - quick bit of advice there, if you're doing phone-in's with ToI correspondents, which is really great incidentally, ask them to provide decent pics. Watching Saibal's pic yesterday on a large screen TV was horrible. Times Now isn't an ugly channel, but things like that are scary) isn't up for sale since Bennett is possibly the only media group in this country flush with cash and Times Now is doing decently well methinks.
I can possibly speculate on a couple of contenders (a lot of speculation surrounds NewsX) - but I find Rajeev Chandrashekhar's move a bit peculiar. There was buzz when Uncle M came down that there might be a tie-up, but entering the news media space today seems a bit silly. I'm sure once advertising budgets start getting 're-aligned' starting 2009, things will just get worse. Anyway, just a couple of paise late in the afternoon. Or evening. You can't really tell given Delhi's abysmal air quality.
As usual, your comments are welcome, but try to avoid the personal promotion comments with a hyperlink added on. I should really switch platforms from Blogger soon. But that is a longer term project...

PS: Should GM be saved? I mean we will still get re-badged Daewoo cars, but the Corvette should not pass into history. Jim Cramer thinks they have to be saved beacuse not saving GM will tip the world into a Great Depression. But really running ads with elephants (and Saif Ali Khan) won't help them in India and personally I think that Obama won't really care too much about Indian operations, so I wouldn't buy anything GM right now.

And why did Baba Gandhi's trip back to college become a media event? Was yesterday such a slow news day?

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Could the journo have mistakenly thought that the "Bombay-based news channel" is NewsX, considering that the iMukerjea sits there ?

Anonymous said...

Hope Rajeev Chandrashekhar buys out NDTV coz it has a good following in the south and then kick out the leftist liberal gang led by Barkha and recruit a bunch of journos with center-right views and give what Indian middle-class really wants to watch. Right now only Times Now is catering to the needs of the Indian middle class.News X is just like DD News - news from all corners of India and no hyperbole...

Anonymous said...

i think its more likely that bombay-based up-for-sale channel is UTVi na?

NewsX and the whole of INX has been on the block CHEAP for a while now

KMN said...

what are your thoughts on Media s coverage of the malegoan investigations?

I think the media cant be more foolish...Hindu terrorism?...it should be terrorists happen to be hindu...the media does not understand...by you know giving so much coverage to the issue they are actually encouraging the situation

and the army has gone through worse things...there have been always instances of treason and sabotage in every system and nation.

But even the BJP...instead of coming out with a clear statement saying we condemn all acts of terror and murder of innocent civilians...they're stand is full of ambiguity...i mean the party needs to move to center-right and they cant really dominate India's urban centers instead they want to jeopardize their future by perceived to supporting terror..foolish men!

Anonymous said...

Is the Bombay channel UTVi? I hear that Ronnie wants to dispose some of his subsidiaries?