And buoyed by the response to my column of last week (and some enthusiastic requests that I got for an encore), in this last Saturday before the Elections 2014 ink off, a few stray thoughts and a observations and a few points of view (all my own work):
>> Like Times Now is indeed setting the agenda for most news channels, save NDTV 24x7, which does exactly what it wants to
>> Like news channels are indeed spending huge monies on the elections, but they are also making huger monies too.
>> Like the news channels which are not making money from the elections or are not seeing their ratings go north should shut shop
>> Like Karan Thapar has indeed made a huge difference to Headlines Today. We don’t know if the fortunes will turn for Headlines Today the way they did for Star Plus when KBC came along in 2000, but I’m beginning to like other bulletin anchors on HT already
>> Like it was good to see Vir Sanghvi on telly though I don’t think slotting it at 10 pm was right
And these stray thoughts:
>> Like the most good-looking anchor remains Nidhi Razdan
>> Like the most good-looking party spokesperson on news shows is Congress’ Priyanka Chaturvedi. Despite such a sweet face, I remember how she got her kids to eat ‘karelas’ with a smile
>> Like these elections, more than the star anchors, it’s various celebrities who are making $$$s
>> Like more than news channels, after seeing the pic in yesterday’s mid-day, I am looking forward to watching Big B kissing ‘Dadi’ Ali Asgar in ‘Comedy Nights with Kapil’ tomorrow after India beats Sri Lanka in the T20 World Cup final that is
And this final viewpoint:
>> That next Saturday will see the fourth phase of the elections, with three done and five more to go
And one more view:
>> That even though I enjoy copying Behram ‘Busybee’ Contractor’s style, it’s not easy doing it. Busybee would dash out his column in 20 minutes; I took twice that.
Pradyuman Maheshwari is a senior journalist and editor. When he’s not chasing news, he’s watching it.