Thursday, March 30, 2006

The Great 'Vindhyan' Divide

There is no dearth of National English News Channels in India now, I know of at least seven* of them and there could be more. But are they truly national? They may call them National but behave very much like a local channel. Even a cursory viewing would tell that, these guys mostly confine themselves to Mumbai & New Delhi. It is as though nothing really happens south of Vindhyas that is newsworthy. (It is totally a different but a relevant subject that there is near complete black out of North East not just from the media but even from the nation's psyche)

It is said that the viewership for the English national News channels is more from south of Vindhyas (60% according to media ratings) and yet 75% of the news coverage is confined to the metros of Mumbai and New Delhi. The old adage 'follow the money' doesn't seem to apply to this business.

Why is this media bias? Rajdeep Sardesai of IBN Live attempts to answer this question in his blog.. but not very convincingly..

* National English News Channels - NDTV, CNN-IBN, TimesNow, HeadLines Today, DD News, CNBC18 & NDTV Profit (last two are finance news channels)