IN Media Watch Briefs | 05/09/2014

Aroon Purie, proprietor Living Media and TV Today said on Friday that Indian regulators were destroying the news industry with their populism and regressive ideas. The cable industry has to keep prices down, subscription income does not come, and paying carriage fees is  killing the industry. And then TRAI has come up with the notion of cross media and share of voice in an age where any media can be consumed anywhere. "We have the ability to take the worst laws and put them here." This was at TV Next in Mumbai. The regulator of course did not show up.

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The new term for self censorship is voluntary censorship, as proposed by companies like Netflix and Hotstar. ET reports that streaming video service Amazon Prime is opposing a move by its peers to adopt a voluntary censorship code in anticipation of the Indian government coming up with its own rules. Amazon is resisting because it fears that it may alienate paying subscribers.                   

Clearly, the run to the 2019 elections is on. A journalist received a call from someone saying they were from Aajtak channel and were conducting a survey, asking whom she was going to vote for in 2019. On being told that her vote was secret, the caller assumed she wasn't going to vote for 'Modiji'. The caller, a woman, also didn't identify herself. A month or two earlier the same journalist received a call, this time from a man, asking if she was going to vote for the BSP.                 

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