Counting day winner

IN Media Watch Briefs | 15/05/2018

NDTV was trailing early on in getting the accurate trend in Karnataka, compared to  CNN News18 which lead  all the channels in coming closest to the eventual result. It announced early on that it had is own reporters in every counting centre in Karnataka, and was showing the yawning gap between Congress and BJP long before the others did. And at the hour of 11 am which all the parties and channels had said would show the definitive picture, the fastest results were not from TV but from ECI via Nielsen on the web, which was showing 120 seats going to the BJP.              

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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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