Ganging up

IN Media Watch Briefs | 26/03/2014

Will the Times of India be flattered, amused or worried? The Hindustan Times announces today a combo advertising plan through which advertisers  can reach the language and English readers of the HT, Hindu and Ananda Bazar groups through a single ad. In other words, the competition is ganging up against the might of the Times. The Western region  is not part of this package, presumably because TOI  is king  there.

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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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