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Govt and the bogey of content regulation

Even if it wants to censor what you read, watch, or consume, the amount of content online is so huge that it is physically impossible for any government to do it, notes Vanita Kohli-Khandekar.......

TV journalists have become politicians!

India's news broadcasters are a national shame that have polarised Indians, observes Vanita Kohli-Khandekar.   IMAGE: Kindly note that this image has only been posted for representational......

It is time to fix Indian news television

'Of the 202 debates, 79 were around attacking Pakistan and 66 attacking the Opposition and Nehru.''The PMC Bank scam where thousands of depositors lost their savings got just one,' points out......

How to tackle fake news

The ability to make out fake news from real could save the coming generations a huge amount of conflict and heartburn, says Vanita Kohli-Khandekar. Recently, the ministry of information and......

Coming soon: BBC News in Indian languages

The BBC is all set to produce daily newscasts in Telugu, Gujarati, Punjabi and Marathi (in addition to the existing Hindi, Tamil and Urdu), Jim Egan, CEO, BBC Global News, tells Vanita......

Netflix-ication of print media in India?

Monetising online readership, a deeper focus on content and getting revenue from the reader are ways to make the business future-proof, observes Vanita Kohli-Khandekar. Illustration: Dominic......

Uday Shankar, the Star performer

Uday Shankar’s biggest contribution was that he managed to take years of resentment about Star’s foreign origins and turn that around. Most people now think of Star as an Indian......

How Tata Sky is coping with the lockdown

'If after 3-9 weeks we don't have fresh content, then there is a problem.' Tata Sky, one of India's largest DTH operators with 18 million subscribers, is battling the restrictions of a lockdown......

Zee5 drives broadcaster's digital dreams

Zee5 is now the fifth largest streaming app after YouTube, Hotstar, MX Player and Voot, and there is talk of hiving off Zee5 to drive valuation, says Vanita Kohli-Khandekar. Within a year of......

The digital disruption that is tearing through Indian media

Zee and Star, the two largest media companies in India, are undergoing some radical ownership changes. What could it mean? Vanita Kohli Khandekar attempts an answer. Photograph: Kind courtesy......

Movie business loses Rs 120 billion!

From Rs 191 billion in 2019, the world's largest film producing industry now stands at Rs 72 billion, thanks to the pandemic.Vanita Kohli-Khandekar reports. IMAGE: A scene from Saina streaming on......

How Amazon Prime Video is pushing the envelope

From convincing film-makers to do shows for online, to having a slate with some of the best films and shows, Amazon Prime Video has come a long way since it came to India four years ago.Vanita......

Love your music? Read this about Spotify

About 18 months after its entry in India, a Spotify listener spent an average of 97 minutes on the app, almost ten times more than any other streaming music brand, reports Vanita Kohli-Khandekar.......

Salute the Power & Glory of Indian Cinema!

It is the most potent symbol of India's soft power -- more perhaps than the IT industry and our managerial skill, notes Vanita Kohli-Khandekar. IMAGE: Kajol and Shah Rukh Khan in a scene from......

Netflix has spent 3,000 crores on India programs

Since its entry in 2016, Netflix has announced over 60 titles to be sourced from India.Vanita Kohli-Khandekar reports. IMAGE: Neena Gupta and her daughter Masaba in Masaba Masaba. Masaba Masaba is......

Could this be the most watched IPL ever?

IPL could reach more than 530 million viewers on TV and a few hundred million more online.But can it make money for Disney Star?Vanita Kohli-Khandekar reports. IMAGE: Royal Challengers Bangalore......

Why did viewership for kabbadi fall?

'Why was PKL scheduled bang in the middle of festivals and big film releases?' asks Vanita Kohli-Khandekar. Photograph: Kind courtesy ProKabaddi/Facebook The viewership for the current season of......

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