NEED FOR DISCIPLINE IN INDIAN TELEVISION CHANNELS

The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha is demanding a separate state in Darjeeling

N.S.Venkataraman

With the number of private TV channels in India increasing in various languages and most of them controlled and managed by business houses, there is now bitter competition between them to increase viewership and get advertisements.

As a result, views are being publicized as news, and very impolite and vituperative language are being used by the anchors, who seem to think that only such methods and sensation will get them popular amongst the viewers. Most of the anchors have no expertise or domain knowledge in many fields except in dirty politics, and it is sad to see them questioning even people with enormous experience in specialized areas like nuclear programs, hydrocarbon projects, etc.

In the process, many TV channels are doing enormous damage by whipping up passion, providing misleading information and promoting animosity between various sections of the society.

Isolated incidents of rape and individual violence in one corner or the other in a country of 130 crore people are being projected as national and headlines news.  A few students agitating in colleges and universities are being shown as if the entire student community is agitating whereas the fact is more than  90% of the students are not involved in any agitational activities and are only interested in academic pursuits.

The more one would be controversial and capable of expressing extremist views, such persons are invited by the TV media to participate in the programs.

Several information is being exaggerated, and they are mixed with falsehood. For example, on 21st June 2017, one English TV media said that there is anti-Hindi agitation picking up in Karnataka. The fact is that  a few people have made some anti-Hindi observations which do not represent the view of  cross section of people in Karnataka

In the case of Gorkhaland agitation in West Bengal, repeatedly scenes are shown as if the entire Darjeeling and surrounding areas are burning. Similar scenes are also being shown in Kashmir. The sober elements are not invited to express their views, and only the agitators and violence-prone elements are given space.

There are thousands of scholars in India in various fields, and they are conspicuous by absence in Indian TV media.

As the damage now being done by TV media to the fiber and fabric of India is reaching alarming proportions and are becoming disruptive in style and methods, it is essential that Government of India should constitute a censor board for T V media. This is a matter of extreme importance.

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  • Pccyriac@rediffmail.com'
    Pccyriac
    June 22, 2017, 11:09 am

    Very true and very relevant observations!

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  • drgsundaram@yahoo.com'
    G.Sundaram
    June 22, 2017, 10:12 pm

    Very true.There is some sort of censoring is there even now,if I am right.When there is so much of criticism for film censoring,who will accept this TV censoring?!Freedom of Press index?!World Economic Forum says it is the second worst press in the world.In spite of all this,I recall what Nehru said:"Better to have a bad Press than NO Press".

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  • dmm@ccdcindia.com'
    dev mohan
    June 23, 2017, 3:10 am

    The end of democracy and constitution begins with censorship.

    There are only 37 expert persons in India who voice their opinions on channels, part spokespersons excepted.

    There are channels who use the worst type words like bastard, etc. but the broadcast authority has not pulled them up.

    The channels known for their raving and ranting did not have more than 30 seconds for the students who designed a fabricated a mini satellite, BBC gave full 5 minutes.

    Even the tatters of dignity of the poorest were taken away by a govt. who wrote on their huts "here lives a poor man getting free food under under a govt scheme" How many channels took it up?

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  • oza.devendra@gmail.com'
    devendra oza
    June 23, 2017, 5:22 am

    Glad you raised this VERY important issue. I think most of the important channels are owned by INFLUENTIAL people. mThey are a law unto themselves

    Can we establish a CITIZENS TV WATCHDOG?

    OZA

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  • oza.devendra@gmail.com'
    DEvendra Oza
    June 23, 2017, 5:27 am

    Glad you raised this very important issue. Most of the TV Channels are owned by n powerful people. That is that. n
    Can we form a CITIZENS TV WATCHDOG COMMIITTEE/>?

    oza

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