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The Master And The Prodigal

The removal of NDTV’s news bulletins from Star Plus might signal the onset of a closet war

They must be shooting darts at an Amitabh Bachchan mug in New Delhi Television (NDTV). AB’s game show has not only pushed NDTV’s English bulletin from Star Plus’ highly-coveted 9 pm slot to the fledgling Star World, it has also fuelled speculation about a souring of ties between Rupert Murdoch’s flagship channel in India and Prannoy Roy’s production house.

To be sure, when Star Plus went 100 per cent Hindi last week there were other English casualties as well: Vir Sanghvi’s Star Talk and TV 18’s Amul India Show. But it is Star Plus’ decision to dunk NDTV’s English and Hindi bulletins that has set media wires abuzz. The big question is whether the NDTV-Star marriage is on the rocks.

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