Thursday, November 06, 2008

I'm No.1... no wait...

I will not comment on how both large dailies in Delhi today went a bit over the top with Obama coverage, HT even replaced its City pages with Obama coverage. While American papers did fill up their front pages, their inside pages tended to talk of other electoral issues. Anyway, I still think we went overboard with coverage considering that most coverage was agency copy, save a couple of pieces here and there. Again Chidanand's writing was by far and away the best, but anyway, I won't carry on about Obama because the fun part was below the fold in the anchor pieces - both HT and ToI claimed their 'Number 1' in Delhi, HT celebrated the fact and starting tooting its horn yesterday which puzzled people in BSZ Marg who were poring over the numbers, and were not even looking at Delhi while in HT House cakes were being cut to celebrate the re-taking of Delhi.
But it became like Al Gore's win in 2000, someone at HT didn't exactly look at the numbers properly because it seemed that the IRS had changed its methodology, and since ToI's piece wasn't self-congratulatory (or an attempt to get onto the honours list) and after talking to the smarter stats folks, there was all-round sniggering. People at BSZ Marg, are still trying to figure out where the numbers came from. But, don't expect the last of this today, there will a bit of back and forth.
PS: Have you noticed how the papers have begun to get thinner and ad-edit ratios have begun to change. The collapse of the realty market in the NCR is showing - the days of 32 page editions might be over pretty soon and maybe by early 2009 the major papers will revert to 24 page editions.

6 comments:

KMN said...

Forget Obama, the coolest thing of yestedays election was cnn's hologram..www.youtube.com/watch?v=thOxW19vsTg
(if you havent seen it by now)Cnn really beat the competition yesteday to the ground with its star wars stuff...

Well India's coverage has been ok..except For times now's Arunab who's as annoying as he s ignorant.

And obama will might just be a big disappointment cause he s got elected with big expectations and well i cant help but remember Jimmy carter, just too much and Republicans did not promote the fact that Democrats controlled policy for the last 2 years and that the surge is working..they did not promote themselves(Disclamer: i have supported bush throughout)...time will tell

Anonymous said...

Have you read this?
http://www.exchange4media.com/e4m/news/fullstory1.asp?news_id=33031&tag=27973&section_id=5

GBO said...

Have you noticed how Ascent is now less than 4 pages thin, and filled with DAVP ads which come at minimal rates?

Anonymous said...

A certain gentleman on the 2nd floor of HT House, who very often struts around in complete white (even the shoes), and can display an amazing athleticism in bending over backwards (despite a troublesome back), would be the right person to ask where HT got the figures from!!!

Anonymous said...

Thus shows your anti HT bias again.
You need to know the difference between ‘Total Readership’ which TOI is bandying around and ‘Average Issue Readership or AIR’. Since you are so smart I won’t explain.
And yes, that’s why HT is number 1 in Delhi and that’s why TOI is worried.
I think journalists become bad journalists when they cease to be objective.

Anonymous said...

Another interesting take on this at Mint's blogs at
http://blogs.livemint.com/controlpanel/blogs/posteditor.aspx?SelectedNavItem=Posts&sectionid=25&postid=3575