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10 April Fool stories I wish were true

Pradyuman MaheshwariIt’s All Fool’s Day and many newspapers still have the tradition of carrying make-believe stories on their Page 1s. But, in these days of Faking News and UnReal Times, spoofing has become commonplace. Here are 10 stories which one hopes would happen to the world of news television in India.

More meaningful talk on Arnab’s show: Arnab Goswami may be News Anchor #1 and he may have got the prized Rahul Gandhi interview, but Newshour needs some major shoring up of guests... beyond Sanjay Jha and the others.

Barkha Dutt apologises: She was awarded the News Anchor of the Year at the Indian Television NT Awards last weekend, and has been excelling on the nightlies, but has no moral authority to be tough on anyone until she apologises for the Radia tapes controversy.

CNN-IBN needs to reinvent: Rajdeep’s not rabid like Arnab, and not as soft as NDTV, but his brand of TV news needs a rehaul. Ab ki baar, pura change kar lo yaar!

Times Now gets a new, top quality B-team: Perhaps, it suits all to not have a B-team (less spends too), but minus the A-man, the channel has nothing on it.

Headlines Today turns #1: With Karan Thapar’s shows set to be on primetime, HT could well give the rest some serious competition. #1 is a toughie, but not impossible.

Majority foreign stake allowed in news: If it’s allowed on entertainment TV, which has a lot more impact on the masses why not here? And, it’s not that Indian owners are all above board.

Aaj Tak dumps its dumbed down avatar: When India TV shed its kutta-billi stuff, Aaj Tak gained the max. But, surely there is more to news in Hindi?!

NewsX gets more relevant: The more I see Rahul Shivshankar, the more disappointed I get. Had much promise. But now?

DD News turns professional: Easier said than done. Can’t happen, will never happen

The Minister of I&B ensures a free news media: Ha ha. Every I&B minister in Independent India has been a disaster. But then, we all live in hope, right?

Pradyuman Maheshwari is a senior journalist and editor. When he’s not chasing news, he’s watching it.
Twitter: @pmahesh
E: noose@pman.in

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