Indian news media should catch up in the International space

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  1. ejazr

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    For the most part, there is no Indian news media channels that have an international presence. What I am looking at are news channels like CNN, BBC or even the newer ones like Qatar's Al Jazeera, Russia's ITN and China's CCTV. There is no comparable brand that covers news events from the Indian viewpoint.

    While small wealthy countries like Qatar and our neihgbours like China and Russia have realised the importance of having a brandname news channels. We seem to be happy with the popularity of Indian movies and "Kyu ki Saas bhi Bahu thi" serials.

    To start of, here is a news report, of CCTV making a presecence in the middle east and its plan to start a dedicated regional bereau and an arabic language channel in Dubai where India has always had a legup.

    Isn't it time that Indian news channels start covering international events and model news channels more professionally to compete with CNN, BBC, AJE, CCTV and so on. And also cover major languages other than just English to let our point of view be heard.

    There could be a spanish language channel to cover Latin America, Arabic langauge channel to cover West Asia/North Africa and so on.

     
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  3. hit&run

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    CCTV is aired on national free to view band width in New Zealand and Australia.

    Just recently In Australia (NSW) DD News is broadcast every afternoon on weekdays Hindi and English. French, Chines and few other News are also aired. Last year i viewed DD News for few days. But the English accent was crap (very very strong, in Punjabi we say gharoar ke lol) and DD studios are like from Adam and eves times. One more thing i found that they do not make any sense because of very strange pauses and poor timing of expressions (sometimes no expression at all), speaking one line in two or three goes thus difficult to comprehend what they are trying to say. Same thing i have noticed in Times now live News readers (not Arnab).
     
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    Most of these channels (expect American channels) have strong government backing to air their viewpoint to the rest of the world. I cannot imagine a DD channel backed by our government will be able to do a good job like other channels are doing. A public-private partnership Channel can do the wonders with management completely in the hands of professionals instead of bureaucrats and with local anchors and media persons.
     
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    DD News is certainly no where near the likes of say CCTV or the Russian ITN.

    The thing is news channels have to probably seperate their International and national news network. Because you have to give news that the International audience wants to see. DD News only focuses mainly on Indian news.

    On top of that it has to hire some well known faces. If AlJazeeraEnglish can hire ex BBC and CNN staff by giving them more pay, Indian news corps should be able to hire some as well.. Start some formats with weekly documentaries that focus on various parts of the worlds like France24 or BBC does. And then as viewership grows, International companies might pitch in with advertising revenues.

    Its a matter of articulating a vision and trying to get there. Different formats for funding are there, you have CNN with a private owneship under TimeWarner group, BBC is government funded but with no "interference"; the more recent AlJazeera falls in the same category as well and there is CCTV which is government funded and controlled.
     
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    Television is no longer an informative medium anyway. I can't even take up the current number of news channel all of which, more or less, suffer from the same "Saas-bhi-kabhi-bahu-thi" syndrome. These news channels are big headache. I like the way DD news is presented, and even NDTV 24X7 is good.

    The first thing they need to do is to improve their presentation of the news and work on news that matters most to the general viewers, and not go on repeating the "easy news" round the clock. Work on informative and constructive news, call on debates and discussions on various issues, and even broadcast documentaries on history, science, arts business, etc.

    They can't even cover all the national and regional news made in a day, how would they do justice to international news? But they can partner with foreign news agency and do the same thing with top 10 news of the day: repeat like a parrot. That would not make much sense to me, we can always get better perspectives of international news from the Internet.
     
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    Hope our media becomes much more responsible before their foray into international bandwidth.
     
  8. The Messiah

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    Its better they dont have any presence....when even here they humiliate country infront of others what will they do abroad ?
     

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