Paid News Menace in Indian Media

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He recalled that when he visited Nagpur during the elections, a minister had complained, "They are asking me for Rs 20 lakh to cover my campaign". Television channels were distributing rate cards without logos. A profile cost Rs 4 lakh and dawn to dusk coverage cost Rs 25 lakh, which would be aired as a half-hour special. A second special would cost Rs 15 lakh.



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Well-written article. One would expect something like this in India, but the scale and organized way in which media groups are doing this is depressing.
 

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It details how newspapers, television channels and radio stations allegedly take money for positive news coverage. It relies on previous reports by regulatory bodies and fresh testimony from a wide range of media representatives, regulators and government officials.
The report, which points out that self-regulation by India’s media has failed to stop the practice of paid news, has some eye-catching recommendations. It suggests a more-powerful regulator and stiffer penalties, including criminal charges possibly leading to imprisonment, for those who accept payment for news.
And it lambasts the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting for “dithering” by failing to tackle the issue.
“The rise of ‘Paid News’,” the report says, “has undermined the essence of a democratic process.”
 


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