The Biggest Danger We Face Today Is Tabloidization Of News: Prannoy Roy

04/05/2015 2:45 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
Prannoy Roy, Chairman, New Delhi Television (NDTV), India, gestures while speaking on a panel"Rethinking How to Feed the World"at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Friday, Jan. 29, 2010. (AP Photo/ Michel Euler)

These remarks were presented recently by Dr Prannoy Roy at the RedInk Awards in Mumbai where he was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Mumbai Press Club.

First - perhaps the biggest danger we face today is the tabloidization of our news. Every advanced country with a developed, mature media has a wide spectrum of news - from credible and serious journalism to the tabloid - in England, from The Times and The Economist to the Sun and the Mirror; in the United States, from The New York Times to the New York Post; and in television news, from BBC and CNN to Fox News.

But in India there is this dangerous slide to one end of the spectrum. Why has every news channel - English, Hindi or Regional - turned tabloid? Why are we trying to emulate Fox News? And why does every news anchor want to be another Bill O'Reilly? We have so many Bill O'Reillys. It would make O'Reilly proud ... and some have gone so far, it may even make him a trifle it at NDTV.


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