Hafta 298: Hyderabad floods, the TRPs scam, and the Tanishq ad

10.17.2020 - By NL Hafta

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This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal, and Jayashree Arunachalam are joined by journalist Sudipto Mondal.
The conversation kicks off with the panelists discussing the Hyderabad floods. Jayashree talks about how flooding is often an annual problem in some states but it’s never solved because this isn’t a “sexy” issue.
Moving on to the TRP scam, Abhinandan says he’s “never seen media reporting about the media so much ever.” On how journalists have come together to condemn Republic, Sudipto questions the credibility of these journalists, asking: “Where did straightforward journalism go?”
The discussion shifts to advertisers choosing not to support “toxic” news channels and the backlash to the Tanishq ad. Manisha talks about how, in some cases, it’s the media that “creates” this outrage, and explains her issues with the phrase “social media outrage”. Jayashree and Manisha also think that Tanishq withdrawing the ad denies the reality of mixed families. “What kind of message is this for young interfaith couples?” Manisha asks.
On Bollywood producers acting against some news channels for irresponsible reporting, Abhinandan thinks the “pushback is needed”. The panel also talks about the Shiv Sena contesting the Assembly election in Bihar, the Maharashtra governor’s letter to Uddhav Thackeray, and a lot more.
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Timecodes
02:59 - Headlines
08:19 - Hyderabad floods
16:56 - Subscriber mails
29:33 - TRP scam
48:13 - Bollywood producers vs news channels, Tanishq ad 
01:05:23 - Maharashtra governor's letter to Uddhav Thackeray
01:07:38 - Subscriber mails
01:16:49 - Farooq Abdullah on restoration of Article 370
01:26:57 - Subscriber mails
01:30:40 - Shiv Sena contesting the election in Bihar
01:36:23 - Recommendations 

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