Today the 3 major political parties – Congress, BJP and AAP had rallies of Rahul Gandhi, Narendra Modi and Arvind Kejriwal respectively.
While ABP news and NDTV were live telecasting all the three rallies alternatively, Times Now and CNN-IBN were only showing Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi’s rallies.
Even the “Tickr”(scrolling news at the bottom of the channel” on both the channel talks only about Modi and Rahul… Headlines on Tickr show only statements of Rahul and Modi.
Also, I checked the Timeline of Times Now’s Twitter handle @timesnow for last 5 hours. Not a single tweet on Kejriwal’s speech while they have live-tweeted both Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi. Have taken Screenshots of the TL.
I checked the Timeline of CNN-IBN’s Twitter Handle @ibnlive for last 5 hours. They have live-tweeted both Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi. There was only one tweet on Arvind Kejriwal’s rally (that too an anti-Congress statement that AK made).
(Screenshots of Twitter TL are at the end of this blog)
I Called Times Now Office at 02224999944 and spoke to the News desk member. Someone by name Preeti answered my call and she was able yo hear me until I asked the question. Then she started saying “hello.. hello” as if she cant hear me and then hung up… called back again and got connected to some other lady. She refused to reveal her name. When I asked her why they are not showing Kejriwal’s rally, she asked me to send a mail to their mail id “email@example.com” as she is not authorized to answer me.
Then I called CNN-IBN at 01204341818 and I was connected to news room guy Saharsh. He says they have covered Kejriwal’s rally as well and says may be I have missed the braodcast. I asked him for a mail ID where I can send a mail about this. He gave ” Assignment@network18online.com”
I guess we should start questioning these guys on such things to tame them. Its a known fact that these news channels are controlled by corporates that are closely connected to politicians. And as long as we dont question them, they will continue to show the biased news.
I will be sending a mail to the given mail IDs and also, will send a mail to News Broadcasting Association of India.
Until I get a satisfactory answer from them, the channels will be boycotted by me.
Note- I have recorded these calls : https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B7DWrSEAJy5_RVp1YzA0OW1PSFU#
Have uploaded the audio files again into a new folder. Please check this – Call Recordings New – https://docs.google.com/folder/d/0B7DWrSEAJy5_OHBTZER1ZWNfeVE/edit
Here is alternate link to access the audio files: https://drive.google.com/?authuser=0#folders/0B7DWrSEAJy5_MG5PQmx2QmQ5UUU
You can use the following template to send mails to the respective groups:
Subject: Biased Reporting by your News Channel_23rd Feb
I would like to bring the following few lines to your consideration.
on 23rd February, the key leaders from the major political parties in India, Rahul Gandhi from Congress, Narendra Modi from BJP and Arvind Kejriwal from Aam Aadmi Party addressed election rallies in different parts of the country.
It was noticed that your news channel live-telecasted both Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi’s rallies while there was no live coverage of Arvind Kejriwal’s rally.
Also, the twitter handle of your News channel live-tweeted for both Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi’s rallies while there was no live-tweeting done for Arvind Kejriwal’s rally.
Even the “Tickr”(scrolling news at the bottom of the channel” on your channel talks only about Modi and Rahul during that period… Headlines on Tickr show only statements of Rahul and Modi.
This is a clear partial and biased reporting from your news channel and is in complete violation of Code of Ethics & Broadcasting Standards as framed by the NBA (http://www.nbanewdelhi.com/pdf/final/NBA_code-of-ethics_english.pdf).
As a citizen of India, I believe that News Channels should serve as the eyes and ears of the current affairs and should not become mouth pieces of political parties.
I request you to look into this issue and take necessary steps to ensure that such biased reporting is prevented in future.
If you would like to send a mail to News Broadcaster’s association, here are the contact details of members of these news channels::
IBN18 Broadcast Ltd. [CNN IBN, IBN7]
Contact Person : Ms. Kshipra Jatana
Designation : General Counsel
Phone : +91 – 120 – 4341818
Fax : +91 – 11 – 66173955
E-mail : Kshipra.firstname.lastname@example.org
Times Global Broadcasting Company Ltd.
Contact Person : Ms. Jyothi Suresh Kumar
Designation : DGM Legal & Company Secretary
Phone : +91 – 22 – 24999944
Fax : +91 – 22 – 24990307
E-mail : email@example.com
Times Now’s Website says – Viewers may address their comments/views and questions regarding any content aired on Times Now to the Editor-Output, Mr. Vivek Narayan at firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy to email@example.com
And here are the contact details of NBA:
Communications & Contact Address
News Broadcasting Standards Authority
C/o News Broadcasters Association
Reg. Off.: Juris House Ground Floor,
22, Inder Enclave, Paschim Vihar,
New Delhi 110 087
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com
Here are the email IDs of members of Press Council of India:
Screenshots of Twitter TL of Both the News Channel for that time period when the rallies were happening: