The 'hot' english news channels are losing their charm day by day.
Yesterday was judgement day for Sanjay Dutt. We knew it, didn't we? We also assumed that he would be put into jail for some time.
It was ten in the morning and we saw the history of the Mumbai blasts, 93'. The same probably continued all the way upto say, two in the afternoon. If i am correct, the punishment was awarded then. And again, the same story ran uptill eleven in the night.
This was termed 'breaking news' for eight-nine whole hours. After the judgement was declared, all the bulletins showed Dutt's Munnabhai, a congressman for a father, the loss of about hundred crores at bollywood, the reactions of both hindi and kannada film artistes', critics'.....
We are entitled to something else, aren't we? Sometimes i feel that the local channels cover a broad range of topics. I saw some headlines on a kannada channel. Mr. Palagummi Sainath has won the Ramon Magsaysay award for his reportage on the poor, this year. I flipped various channels hoping that i could get more on this. Apparently not a single one showcased this headline.
Coming to the point, i know, Dutt is famous, especially having done the Munnabhai series(i believe a third is in the pipeline). And we are talking about a filmstar and some ghastly attacks on civilians. It does have substance, i agree. At the same time, other issues also require attention. Mr. Sainath wasn't talked about.
Thankfully the print media is not biased. Most of us wouldn't like to see the same broadcast over and over again. There are some changes to be made, definately. It is neccesary if one wants to claim 'We are the best'.