Lucrative expose

IN Media Watch Briefs | 26/10/2007

Tehelka, Aaj Tak, and Headlines Today were full of  righteous horror and indignation at Narendra Modi’s complicity in the Gujarat carnage. But that did not stop them from using their expose to rake in the moolah. The volume of advertising had to be seen to believed.  No wonder they kept the show going for as many hours as they could.

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