FM RAINBOW DIKTAT
35? You’re too old for AIR!
In 2013, Prasar Bharati took a decision to stop broadcasts by all contractual radio presenters above the age of 35 on All India Radio’s FM Rainbow channel. Anoo Bhuyan delves into the dynamics behind this surprising move and examines the larger implications of the same.
From one language to another: What’s at stake?
Indian cinema has, of late, witnessed high-decibel debates over the desirability of dubbing Hindi films into regional languages. But does dubbing really pose a threat to vernacular cinema? Shoma Chatterji explores.
WORLD RADIO DAY
Who will cast the first vote for equality?
On World Radio Day, Ammu Joseph looks at the representation of women in Indian radio and wonders if the medium can play a more significant role in ensuring empowerment and equal participation.
RADIO AUDIENCE MEASUREMENT
Why are radio operators worried?
In the last 12 months, at least two radio stations have withdrawn their subscriptions to Radio Audience Measurement, the key measurement
currency of listenership in India.
explores the covert conflict between the RAM provider and the radio operators and advertisers.
RADIO, DOWN SOUTH
Unexpected sounds on Southern radio
One would think that Hindi and Kannada music would never play in Chennai on radio, and Bangalore because of its unique history would surely have Tamil and Telugu songs on air. And Hyderabad must have one Hindi station. Wrong, finds
The Great Indian South is one big surprise!
Remembering Rituparno (1963-2013)
The premature demise of acclaimed Bengali filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh, who passed away on May 30, has robbed Indian cinema of a rare combination of courage and sensitivity and perhaps, of many more masterpieces to come.
Shoma A. Chatterji
reminisces his works in this tribute to his genius.
OWNERSHIP OF MEDIA
Whose news are you watching today?
Television news in the southern part of the country has largely become the preserve of the various political dynasties, with a glut of channels acting as mouthpieces of the owners rather than objective news broadcasters.
T S Sudhir
brings us the true picture.
NEWS OR VOYEURISM?
Kannada TV channels cross the line
In a desperate bid to outdo each other in television rating points, regional news channels are increasingly resorting to celebrity coverage
bordering on tabloid journalism that infringes the right to individual privacy.
B S Nagaraj
comments on the trend.
CINEMA AND CENSORSHIP
Creativity or cuts?
The decision of the Censor Board to ban screening of Bengali director Suman Mukhopadhyay's film Kangal Malsat is only the most
recent instance in a long history of political interference in free creative expression in this country.
Terror reporting reveals gaping holes
The pervasive tendency to speculate and insinuate involvement of individuals and selective groups in instances of terror, without authentication or references to source of information, is not only an unfair attack on those implicated but against the very essence of journalism.
Why is Naveen Soorinje still in jail?
Despite a political decision to drop charges against Kannada TV reporter Naveen Soorinje,
he continues to remain in prison. A PIL filed soon after the decision has put the case in limbo.
Satarupa Sen Bhattacharya
tracks and analyses the developments.
LAW ENFORCEMENT & MEDIA
Police forged complaint to arrest reporter
How did a journalist who covered the infamous homestay attack for his employer end up in jail with serious charges leveled against him? The Mangalore Police holds the answer, finds