Bright idea

IN Media Watch Briefs | 25/10/2008

Doordarshan has come up with the bright idea of  putting cable operators and its families in the audiences for their reality shows. The folks at Prasar Bharati thinking this  will be an effective bribe in getting operators to put their channels on the prime band, since they cannot match the financial carriage incentives given by private channels.

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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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