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Mainstream channels biggest threat to mainstream media: Anurag Thakur

Describing mainstream channels as the “biggest threat” to the mainstream media, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur has said that genuine journalism includes “reporting without fabricated news” and “a platform for all parties to present their views”. “Giving is involved.

Addressing a gathering at an event of the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) in New Delhi On Monday, Thakur said news channels run the risk of losing credibility by inviting guests who are “polarizing” and “spreading falsehoods”.

“Are you going to show scenes that catch the eye and provoke anger or show restraint and project scenes to show the whole picture?” Thakur stressed that broadcasters are faced with choices that will determine the way in which content is redefined in television news.

He prefaced his remarks on the state of television news by saying that COVID-19 The pandemic posed challenges and provided an opportunity not only to reinvent journalism, but also to redefine the media as a credible source of news and information.

“Real journalism is about facing the facts, presenting the truth, giving a platform to all parties to express their views. In my personal opinion the biggest threat to the mainstream media is not from the new age digital platforms but from the mainstream media channels themselves. If you decide to invite guests who are polarizing, who spread false news, who shout at the top of their lungs, then the credibility of your channels goes down,” Thakur said.

Decisions that determine a show’s guests, tone and visuals define a channel’s credibility in the eyes of the audience, Thakur said, suggesting that provocative presentations can help attract people, but ultimately the audience. “Your anchors will never trust your channel. or as a reliable and transparent source of brand news”.

“So, my question to the broadcasters here today is this: are you going to see the narrative being defined by soundbites, or will you define yourself and set the terms for guest and channel? Are you going to see through the switch and sweep of younger audiences on TV news or are you going to bring back neutrality in news and debate in order to stay ahead of the game? Are you going to show scenes that catch the eye and provoke anger or show restraint and project scenes to show the full picture? Thakur said.

The Minister advocated the need to maintain professionalism instead of compromising on values ​​in the face of fierce competition. “I firmly believe that journalists are obliged to report fabricated news without being tempted to compete with those propagating false news,” he said.

During the event, Thakur also presided over an award-presentation function, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting said in a statement.

“The Appreciation Award for 2021 was presented to Radio Television Brunei. The Appreciation Award for 2022 was shared by the Ministry of Economy, Civil Services, Communications, Housing and Community Development, Republic of Fiji and the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation,” it said.

Established in 1977, AIBD is a regional inter-governmental organization serving the countries of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP) in the field of electronic media development. It is hosted by the Government of Malaysia and the Secretariat is located in Kuala Lumpur.

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