The Credibility Issue Of Indian TV News

“You don’t realize how little accuracy there is in network TV reporting until they cover a story in your hometown.” This is one of American freelance writer Robert Brault’s many quotable quotes. Brault, who has written the book Round Up The Usual Subjects, runs a blog and writes for magazines and newspapers.

The quote may seem apt for private television news media in India in the wake of mounting criticism of the quality of news coverage and the credibility crisis they are facing today. Of late, news broadcasters have faced flak for their coverage which is often dubbed as misleading, hyped-up and downright insensitive, especially when it comes to reporting disasters and other tragic incidents. Debates on private news channels have been censured for being raucous and shrill.

Little surprise then, that the coverage of last month’s devastating earthquake was criticized by viewers both in Nepal and India. The criticism for reporting on the micro-blogging site Twitter was severe and was condemned for being thoughtless.

To be sure, this is not the first time that private news channels have been faulted for their content. Their reporting on political news, crime and other calamities has faced flak in the past. Award-winning American newscaster David Brinkley had once said: “The one function that TV news performs very well is that when there is no news we give it to you with the same emphasis as if there were.”

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Source Credits: Shuchi Bansal in Live Mint

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