Pink slips at Bloomberg TV

IN Media Watch Briefs | 31/08/2013

 Now it's the turn of Bloomberg TV India. On Friday more than 30  people were sacked by the business channel. Those who lost their jobs included directors, camera persons, editors, producers and an anchor. Each one was given three months' salary, in addition to  the August salary.  Anil Ambani is a strategic investor in this channel, with an 18 per cent stake.

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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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