Good for the media

IN Media Watch Briefs | 19/08/2009

When the Ambani brothers are at war it is good for the media in more ways than one. It gives them news stories emanating from both sides to  live off, and it also yields advertising. On August 19 morning every newspaper in Delhi and doubtless other cities, had huge front page ads from The Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group raising questions about the Petroleum Ministry’s intervention in the pricing of gas produced by his brother’s company.

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