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It’s Lockjaw Time Again

The UPA’s attempt at bringing spunk to Doordarshan’s news channel goes kaput

It’s Lockjaw Time Again
Narendra Bisht
It’s Lockjaw Time Again
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In hindsight, perhaps it all started with the news of a hanging, that of Afzal Guru, convicted for the 2001 attack on Parliament, on the morning of February 9. All day, it was ‘breaking news’ on TV news channels, including the recently revamped DD News, with new sets and spiffy anchors brought in from rival, private channels to enable the Congress-led UPA to showcase its best face in the run-up to Elections 2014. Coverage of Afzal’s hanging was, in a way, a test of its motto: ‘Television news and analysis with a refreshing perspective: sharp, sensitive, substantive.’

Two months later, Guru’s noose has probably claimed its first victim in the newsroom at Mandi House: Ajai Shukla, one of the hosts of News Night, a two-hour bilingual prime time show, has resigned. The buzz is that the treatment of the Guru hanging in a panel discussion that evening may have been the trigger for a series of incidents that led to the exit, and in a matter of just two months, brought to nought DD News’ much-vaunted attempt at refurbishing its...

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