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July 21, 2009

Media should remain within its Laxman Reka : Delhi High Court

The media has been criticised by the Delhi High Court, which asked it to remain within the “Lakshman Rekha” or limits while reporting on criminal trials and not “go overboard”. While ruling on the infamous BMW hit-and-run case, the Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) reported, Justice Kailash Gambhir said: “No doubt the media has an important role in disseminating information, creating public opinion in matters which are of vital concern to the society, exposing misdeeds of high and mighty, but it... MORE
July 21, 2009

World's only Sanskrit newspaper turns 40

Sudharma , the world's only Sanskrit daily, published from Mysore celebrated its 40th year on Sunday, the Indian Express reported. A special anniversary issue was brought out to mark the occasion. The newspaper's readership comprises mainly of Sanskrit scholars and students. Some details: [ Link ] Sudharma has a daily circulation of about 2,000 copies and is mostly circulated through post. The paper, which strives to revive Sanskrit as a spoken language, has subscribers in countries like Japan... MORE
July 16, 2009

Sikh journalist who flung shoe at Chidambaram sacked by Dainik Jagran

Jarnail Singh, the Sikh journalist who created a stir by flinging a shoe at Union home minister P Chidambaram, was on Thursday sacked by his employers. Singh, who was a defence correspondent with Hindi daily Dainik Jagran for nearly a decade, said his services with the newspaper were terminated following a show-cause notice issued about 4 months ago. “I have been victimised for raising a genuine issue concerning the 1984 anti-Sikh riots,” he said. The newspaper management confirmed that Singh’s... MORE
July 3, 2009

IN&M sells stake in Indian media group

The group, which owns the Independent newspaper, has sold a 7.3 per cent stake in the media company, which will leave it with a 13.5 stake in the firm, says a MediaWeek report. It sold the stock on the Bombay and National Stock Exchanges. Excerpts: [ Link ] The sale comes as IN&M bids to reach agreement with bondholders over a €200m bond, which, following an extension agreed last week, is due for repayment on July 24. An IN&M statement said: "The gross proceeds from this share sale is... MORE
June 15, 2009

Civil society initiative on media policy

This set of documents has been put together in the hope that they will help inform the ongoing (if sporadic) public debate on media regulation in India, with particular reference to the broadcast sector. This set includes a backgrounder on media regulation (or the lack thereof), a backgrounder on broadcast legislation, summaries of case law relating to different aspects of media practice, and a round-up of some recent recommendations of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India. UNESCO... MORE
May 19, 2009

Indian Readership Survey 2009 - Round 1

Following are the different categories of the results of the Indian Readership Survey (IRS) 2009 Round 1 released recently by the Media Research Users Council (MRUC). the survey was conducted by Hansa Research. [view:irs2009r1_node]MORE
May 18, 2009

Top 5 Telugu Dailies: Indian Readership Survey (IRS) 2009 — Round 1

Following are the top five Telugu newspapers in India, according to the Indian Readership Survey (IRS) 2009 Round 1 released recently by the Media Research Users Council (MRUC). The survey was conducted by Hansa Research. Note: These are all readership figures (in lakhs) and not circulation numbers. TOP 5 TELUGU DAILIEs Rank Newspaper IRS 2008 ROUND 1 IRS 2009 ROUND 1 1 Eenadu 147.24 139.91 2 Andhra Jyothi 63.17 61.31 3 Vartha 66.48 49.97 4 Andhra Bhoomi 16.92 11.78 5 Prajasakti 7.21 3.27 (All... MORE
May 18, 2009

Top 5 Tamil Dailies: Indian Readership Survey (IRS) 2009 — Round 1

Following are the top five Tamil newspapers in India, according to the Indian Readership Survey (IRS) 2009 Round 1 released recently by the Media Research Users Council (MRUC). The survey was conducted by Hansa Research. Note: These are all readership figures (in lakhs) and not circulation numbers. TOP 5 TAMIL DAILIEs Rank Newspaper IRS 2008 ROUND 1 IRS 2009 ROUND 1 1 Daily Thanthi 205.92 204.56 2 Dinakaran 170.08 166.33 3 Dinamalar 109.95 100.40 4 Malai Malar 32.54 30.21 5 Dinamani 26.02 23.83... MORE
May 18, 2009

Top 5 Marathi Dailies: Indian Readership Survey (IRS) 2009 — Round 1

Following are the top five Marathi newspapers in India, according to the Indian Readership Survey (IRS) 2009 Round 1 released recently by the Media Research Users Council (MRUC). The survey was conducted by Hansa Research. Note: These are all readership figures (in lakhs) and not circulation numbers. TOP 5 TAMIL DAILIEs Rank Newspaper IRS 2008 ROUND 1 IRS 2009 ROUND 1 1 Lokmat 206.39 206.48 2 Daily Sakal 122.73 113.77 3 Punya Nagari 95.48 99.43 4 Pudhari 62.73 71.7 5 Loksatta 43.93 39.91 (All... MORE
May 18, 2009

Top 5 Malayalam Dailies: Indian Readership Survey (IRS) 2009 — Round 1

Following are the top five Malayalam newspapers in India, according to the Indian Readership Survey (IRS) 2009 Round 1 released recently by the Media Research Users Council (MRUC). The survey was conducted by Hansa Research. Note: These are all readership figures (in lakhs) and not circulation numbers. TOP 5 MALAYALAM DAILIEs Rank Newspaper IRS 2008 ROUND 1 IRS 2009 ROUND 1 1 Malayala Manorama 126.66 125.89 2 Mathrubhumi 101.21 94.44 3 Deshabhimani 33.23 31.60 4 Madhyamam 14.10 14.99 5 Kerala... MORE

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