Thursday, April 28, 2005

NDTV 24*7

Innovative programming, insightful analysis, dynamic set of anchors and quite often over-sensationalist. That’s probably the best way to describe the NDTV 24*7.

Some of the particularly impressive innovations are Foreign Correspondent (as Ajay Shukla – the anchor describes it, it’s a panel discussion with foreign correspondents to understand how they see India because how they see India is often how the world sees India), Special Report series (a half an hour spent on an issue – to delve into its roots and explain the various dimensions of the issue. I especially loved the one on the sale of land that once housed mills in Mumbai) and Double Take (though I initially didn’t quite like the concept of puppets, once I started watching the program it turned out to be pretty good).

On the other hand, the main flaw I find in their programming is their constant urge to editorialise while they should in fact be reporting. Invariably in the last sentence of the report is a value judgment the anchor passes on the subject of the news item. The other irritating thing is the hierarchy among anchors that seems to have set in. This phenomenon was clearly observable when the Tourist Reception Centre at Srinagar was attacked the day before the first S-M bus rolled out. Nidhi Razdan was doing a rather good job of reporting from the site, when she was cut-off mid-way by Burkha Dutt who it seemed had just reached the spot. From then on, Burkha was acting as the chief anchor hooking up to the studio or other places for soundbites, when in fact the person at the studio should’ve been doing this. Consequently, not only did Burkha contradict some of the facts Nidhi had stated, she kept coming back online to report nothing new at all. It seemed rather absurd that an otherwise excellent reporter would feel insecure if she didn’t talk once every few minutes.

In any case, NDTV 24*7 is by far the best news channel in town and definitely one of the few channels that makes a life under the CAS regime a lot easier even without a set-top box.

1 Value-adds:

Blogger Sudheer Narayan said...

terribly innovative programming when they show 15 mins coverage of LIFW in a 20 mins news bulletin... rest 5 mins shared by the parliament in progress and rest of common man related stuff...
If outsourcing and BPO didnt affect common man, then LIFW - is an elitist shit for most uncommon people also.

April 28, 2005 9:46 AM  

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