September 13, 2007

What is media and who owns media in Bhaarat

By Niranjan Shah –

I have come across some interesting information about the ownership of media in Bhaarat. What is media? Media is plural of medium. Mass media is the term used to denote, as a class, that section of the media specifically conceived and designed to reach a very large audience (typically at least as large as the whole population of a nation state). The word media was coined in the 1920s with the advent of nationwide radio networks and of mass-circulation newspapers and magazines. This includes messages that are distributed through the technologies, principally text in books, study guides and computer networks; sound in audio-tapes and broadcast: pictures in video-tapes and broadcast; text, sound and/or pictures in a teleconference. The means by which information is distributed such as print, broadcast, CD-ROM, World Wide Web, and so forth is also Media.

Mass media in Bhaarat is that part of the Indian media which aims to reach a wide audience. Besides the news media, which includes print, radio and television, the Internet is playing an

increasing role, along with the growth of the Indian blogging community. Compared with many other developing countries, the Indian press is relatively unfettered, except for obstacles in the way of setting up media companies which were part of the pre-1990 license Raj.

In 2001, India had 45,974 newspapers, including 5,364 daily newspapers published in over 100 languages. The largest number of newspapers were published in Hindi (20,589), followed by English (7,596), Marathi (2,943), Urdu (2,906), Bengali (2,741), Gujarati (2,215), Tamil (2,119), Kannada (1,816), Malayalam (1,505) and Telugu (1,289). The Hindi daily press has a circulation of over 23 million copies, followed by English with over 8 million copies.

There are several major publishing groups in India, the most prominent among them being the Times of India Group, the Indian Express Group, the Hindustan Times Group, The Hindu group, the Anandabazar Patrika Group, the Eenadu Group, the Malayalam Manorama Group, the Mathrubhumi group, the Sahara group, the Bhaskar group, and the Dainik Jagran group.

India has more than 40 domestic news agencies. The Express News Service, the Press Trust of India, and the United News of India are among the major news agencies. Let us see the ownership of different media agencies.

NDTV: A very popular TV news media is funded by Gospels of Charity in Spain supports Communism. Recently it has developed a soft corner towards Pakistan because Pakistan President has allowed only this channel to be aired in Pakistan. Indian CEO Prannoy Roy is co-brother of Prakash Karat, General Secretary of Communist party of India.

India Today which used to be the only national weekly who supported BJP is now bought by NDTV!! Since then the tone has changed drastically and turned into Hindu bashing.

CNN-IBN: This is 100 percent funded by Southern Baptist Church with its branches in all over the world with HQ in US. The Church annually allocates $800 million for promotion of its channel. Its Indian head is Rajdeep Sardesai and his wife Sagarika Ghosh.

Times group list:

Times Of India, Mid-Day, Nav-Bharth Times, Stardust, Femina, Vijaya Times, Vijaya Karnataka, Times now (24- hour news channel) and many more. Times Group is owned by Bennet & Coleman. “World Christian Council” does 80 percent of the Funding, and an Englishman and an Italian equally share balance 20 percent. The Italian Robertio Mindo is a close relative of Sonia Gandhi.

Star TV: It is run by an Australian, who is supported by St. Peters Pontificial Church Melbourne.

Hindustan Times: Owned by Birla Group, but hands have changed since Shobana Bhartiya took over. Presently it is working in Collobration with Times Group.

The Hindu:

English daily, started over 125 years has been recently taken over by Joshua Society, Berne, Switzerland. Indian Express: Divided into two groups.

The Indian Express and new Indian Express (southern edition). Acts Ministries has major stake in the Indian Express and later is still with the Indian counterpart.

Eeenadu: Still to date controlled by an Indian named Ramoji Rao. Ramoji Rao is connected with film industry and owns a huge studio in Andhra Pradesh.

Andhra Jyothi: The Muslim party of Hyderabad known as MIM along with a Congress Minister has purchased this Telgu daily very recently.

The Statesman: It is controlled by Communist Party of India. Kairal TV: It is controlled by Communist party of India (Marxist)

Mathrubhoomi: Leaders of Muslim League and Communist leaders have major investment.

Asian Age and Deccan Chronicle: Is owned by a Saudi Arabian Company with its chief Editor M.J. Akbar.

The ownership explains the control of media in India by foreigners. The result is obvious. — Grandpa’s blessings 11:53:59 AM

Poor Hindus

Devendra Singh

Once Robert Clive was asked as to how he conquered India with the help of some dozen Britishers. He said
Hindus could be bought with money and Muslims with women. He said "I did both". And British ruled India
for 300 years. When West Bengal was reeling under famine and 3 million people lost their lives, the
British exported rice from India. Anything more is required to show the cowardice of Hindus?"

Hindus continue to be slave of multi-national companies that bait them with seemingly good money and 'loyal' Hindus continue to lick their boots with passion. They have no time for their family and none for contributing something positive to their culture. They are making their careers but unmaking their children. Why we always want to be led by foreigners is a question every Hindu should ponder.

Pro-Hindu Journalists

Pro – Hindu people talk about learning media skills or least sending their own children to learn journalistic skills Before having Hindu media, Hindus people must first need to learn to acquire the skills by doing courses and other ways of learning media and presentation techniques.

Getting the skills is the least of the problems. There are many Hindu journalists in India. And even if you have to train them, that too is pretty easy to do. Journalists can be trained on-the-job.

To get skilled personnel is the least of the problems. The biggest problem is getting the right media house.

Hindus have plenty of money and if they want they can buy a media house but even then they need creative skills to sell pro - Hindu news because you can't or shouldn't expect loyalty out of Hindus just to sustain a Hindu media house juts for the sake of it being Hindu. Quality and creativity sells which should be the weapon to the beat all other media houses.

Francois Gautier has started a Journalism School in India with the help of??? to train pro-Hindu Journalists… at Bangalore.

We all know this. Question is, why can't there be a media at par with IBN/NDTV / STAR / Indian express etc, which is controlled by Hindus? Why can't Pioneer, Organiser, Panchajanya become worldwide? There is anti Hindu media in Bhaarat, that does not mean that they cannot give the news about military along with Bollywood news.

In one of his interview Kalam has said that in our desi journals and media people still not represent a country of a billion people.

The Indian media has no ethics & has been anti Hindu for a long time especially NDTV. It is sad that we as Hindus cannot/ do not have our own TV Channel to correct the aberrations & project patriotism / Nationalism along with our ancient culture.

Journalism course can be same as it is in US or other Israel, etc.

When a person is pro-Vedic by nature and outlook, then he/she will look at the events in the Vedic light, and provide news and commentary to serve Vedic dharma and Rashtra interests.

Money generated from donations could be used for scholarship for journalism degrees.

Are some people saying that no university in Bharat offers a course in journalism?

If so, then we have to begin it somewhere.

We also need Vedic media of all kinds.

Many Vedic leaders with different abilities need to unite to make things happen.

Therefore, like minded people need to meet, discuss, figure solutions, decide actions, and do what they can. This is all with the attitude of - karma Nye vaa dhikaaraste, maa phaleshhu kadaachana.

For Stopping Conversion

The only solution, and probably the cheapest and fastest is to create our own Hindu media which will take the so called secular media head on. All these issues of forced conversions, Setu Samudram are NOT highlighted by the existing media. The anti Hindu media led by Christian fanatics are having a free run.
It is absolutely amazing that a giant organisation like RSS has got only two weekly news papers, ORGANISER & PANCHAJANYA which has got a circulation of few thousands.
Why can't we have media of the size and power of IBN, STAR, Indian Express etc? We are all intelligent people. If VHP can collect 2000 crores to build the ram temple, why can't they collect money to start some daily papers from the major cities of Bhaarat and a 24 hour news channel in Bhaarat? Every single news channel is busy spreading lies about Hindus. CNN/IBN & STAR, NDTV are the worst.
The frustration which we are venting out in this forum is fine but we need a BIG voice. Time is fast running out for Hindus.
There are news papers like PIONEER which are on our side. If they are funded properly they can take on the anti Hindu media.
John Kenneth Galbraith had called India a functioning anarchy.

During his term as the USA ambassador to India, or just after it, the late John Kenneth Galbraith had called India a functioning anarchy. Here is what exactly he meant by this term.

There are some things you say to attract attention. I wanted to emphasise the point, which would be widely accepted, that the success of India did not depend on the government. It depended on the energy, ingenuity and other qualifications of the Indian people. And the Indian quality to put ideas into practice. I was urging an obvious point that the progress of India did not depend on the government, as important as that might be, but was enormously dependent on the initiative, individual and group - of the Indian people. I feel the same way now (as I did some forty years ago) but I would even emphasise it more. We've seen many years of Indian progress, and that is attributable to the energy and genius of the Indian people and the Indian culture.
Galbraith, John Kenneth, in an interview in Outlook, August 20, 2001, on his comment that India is a functioning anarchy.

Pro- Hindu – minded people should put their ingenuity for promoting Hindu causes by starting pro-Hindu media and educational institutions along with earning money


Rakesh said...

Thanks for the nice post. We hindu must list the media which is anti Hindu & then start boycotting them. start some media which is not anti Hindu.

royaleblue said...

very true. Anti India newspapers and T.v Chamnnels [read Hindu] are doing tremendous harm to the nation. Some christian and muslim countries are fooling us with our own money using media. we must boycot all such channels and papers and bring awareness thru one to one contact or emails/msgs etc.

Dinesh said...

I think now Only Baba Ramdev can save India. He has good management and marketing skill.

He must open TV Channel or Buy Astha channel and fund this channel for delivering the news. We all Hindus will act as journalist and will serve for free.

I wrote to Baba Ramdev also regarding this. Why not all great saint Bapu Ahsarma, Sankracharya, Amma, Sri Sri Ravi Sankar comes together and open their media and spread it.

Lasr time Baba Ramdev was targetted badly by media and than Sankracharya and after that for more than one month they targetted Bapu Ashram. We never saw them targetting any church or priest.

This is very serious and now only i see Baba Ramdev to save us

IP said...

Great That's awesome article. and this exposes the real picture of indian media who ironically believed to be independent media.

How pathetic!

Anonymous said...

How pro BJP and hindu fundamentalist are these views expressed here. I am a hindu myself but I dont feel insecure at all just because some so called Hindu rakshaks want us to believe that Hindus are in danger in India. This is again a new propaganda thing by Hindu fundamentalists to drive hatred and get some votes as elections would soon be announced in India.

Anonymous said...

This article is not having facts: For example India Today is not taken over by NDTV. This is very good atrtcle to play with Hindu's sentiments, But please not put misleading and wrong information. I am Hindu and religious person but not a fundamentalist.

Ashwin said...

1) Please read the s the ownership pattern of has 0% foreign ownership...the only fact in the statement about NDTV is that Pronnoy Roy and Prakash Karat are co brothers...
I dont think they will give false information on their website as they it is scrutinised by other shareholders and the govt.

Regarding the connection between Prannoy Roy and prakash Karat...just because they are connected to the same family does not imply that they should hold the same political viewpoint or work on a particular agenda... for example ex-Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje (from BJP) is the aunt of Congress MP Jyotiradhitya Sindhya!!

2) Read about India Today
It is completely owned by Aroon Purie (the magazine part) an the news channels are listed on the stock exchanges..
It has not undergone any ownership changes as far as I can make out...I tried on google and there is no news item about the takeover of India Today by can always argue that the entire world including Google is conspiring to keep this a big secret so that the conspiracy against Hindus (read BJP) is kept under wraps :) quite ridiculous!!
I have bothered to check only the first two.

this is why we must not believe in the forwards that keep coming..mostly people alter the facts to suit their needs!!!


Retro Man said...

This is a pretty far-fetched article. What it assumes is that these channels were erected to propagate one sole agenda. What would be the case is that the channels will have several competing interests, but most importantly it's primary interest would be to make profits.

It starts off by saying something bizarre like NDTV is owned by Gospels of Charity in Spain that supports communism? Communism is atheistic. This Gospels of Charity does not seem to exist and Spain has not been a communist-friendly country (Fiercely anti-communist during the 2nd World War). Other questions are; Has NDTV 24X7 endorsed communism? Did the channel seem pro-Pakistan during the recent terrorist attacks?

This article suggests in some cases such as CNN-IBN & Times Group receive 80-100% of their funding from religious groups. This would imply that the large sums of money that come from advertising revenues and other marketing ventures have no role in maintaining the channels operating costs.

India Today getting bought over NDTV would be some pretty big news and it hasn't happened. India Today is the flagship of the India Today Group. That would be like the Times Group selling off the Times of India.

Does Star TV look like an Anti-Hindu, Pro-Catholic Hindi Channel to you? It's owned by the media baron Rupert Murdoch who has renounced his Australian citizenship to become American.

And with names thrown around in the article such as St. Peter's Pontifical Church and The Joshua Society etc... Churches having so much control and power is pretty outrageous and unheard of in this age.

Asian Age is run by M.J Akbar himself. He is the editor-in-chief of Deccan Chronicle.

The Hindustan Times and Times of India are pitted against one another in the circulation battle. Unlikely of allies.

The first time I read this article I was fooled by it, but on closer inspection it generalizes way too much, a lot like the hoax mails we often see. It's one of those emails that's meant to make Hindus feel like victims and ever-paranoid.

In my opinion, media business is firstly about "business".

Anonymous said...

I do believe that the facts given here are not true. But I still think media in India are some what anti Hindu. If we look in Gujrat riots ,Orissa riots they are work. Everybody agree on that. But the way media has showed it like anything I mean same thing has happen in Kashmir, Assam ,Nagaland but media is not repoting them.

Anonymous said...

Jay Shree Ram!!!

The above post is exaggerated. Prove me wrong. I have an explaination.

NDTV is a publicly traded company with majority ownership by Prannoy and Radhika Roy. There is no “Gospels of Charity in Spain”, the purported “funder” of NDTV. Prannoy Roy is a neo-conservative, which is about as far from being communist or supporting communism that I could imagine. I would be delighted if you could provide me with verifiable information on this ethereal organization, “Gospels of Charity in Spain”, and its alleged links to NDTV.

CNN is owned by Time-Warner, a publicly traded company. IBN is an Indian publicly traded company. It’s parent company is Network 18, a media group owned 51% by Raghav Bahl. Rajdeep Sardesai is a Saraswat Brahmin and the son of Test cricketer Dilip Sardesai. The Southern Baptists have no connection to CNN-IBN or to Network 18 that I could find. I would be delighted if you could provide me with verifiable information on this ethereal connection and/or evidence to the effect that Raghav Bahl, Rajdeep Sardesai et al are Christians.

Bennett & Coleman is a publicly traded company majority owned by the Sahu Jain Group. “WORLD CHRISTIAN COUNCIL” has no involvement with it, and neither do the mystery Englishman or the mystery Italian. I would be delighted if you could provide me with verifiable information that the Sahu Jain group is a family of Christians/Catholics and that this “WORLD CHRISTIAN COUNCIL” is in cahoots with them.

Star TV is owned by News Corp, which was founded by Rupert Murdoch. Murdoch is an American citizen, born in Australia to a Presbyterian family, and therefore not a member of a Catholic church. I would be delighted if you could provide me with verifiable information that Rupert Murdoch is or ever was a member of “St. Peters Pontificial Church Melbourne.”

Neither the large stakeholders of the Times Group nor the Birla Group are Christians, as far as I have been able to ascertain. I would be delighted if you could provide me with verifiable information that the Birlas or the Jains are in fact Christians.

There is no “Joshua Society, Berne, Switzerland.” Also, please explain
what the Joshua Society does, and who its office-bearers are. Ownership of The Hindu, as far as I have been able to ascertain, remains with the family of the late Kasturi Ranga Iyengar. I would be delighted if you could provide me with verifiable information that the descendants and controlling heirs of Kasturi Ranga Iyengar are indeed Christians, and also verifiable information pertaining to the “Joshua Society, Berne, Switzerland.”

Failing to provide verifiable information as above, I would expect you
to apologize for spreading untruths, falsehoods, lies and slander.

Anonymous said...

There are people who have said that the facts listed in this post are not true and a while back I would have agreed with them ; now I know different. How many of us know that Prannoy Roy is a Christian and Arundhati Roy is his cousin (also Christian) ? What else can explain the anti-Hindu bias of NDTV and CNN-IBN ? How many of us know that Barkha Dutt converted to Islam when she married a muhammadan ? Does this fact explains her hostility towards Hinduism ? How come these channels won't talk about the murder of thousands of Kashmiri Hindus by muhammadans and the subsequent displacement of half a million of them but will go on about the Gujarat retaliation forever ? How come Prannoy Roy, Rajdeep Sardesai and Barkha Dutt don't talk about what led to Gujarat retaliation i.e., the Godhra incident ? How come these people are completely silent about the murder of Hindus in Tripura and Manipur ? Are these states not a part of India or is the blood of Hindus is cheaper than that of muslims and christian missionaries ?

mukesh said...

I like openion of all my strict hindu brothers and right now it is our duty to save our country and relegion. Right now we have 9000 members across hindusthan if u want to join then contact PRAHARI
jai sri ram

Anonymous said...

Prannoy Roy is a Christian and Arundhati Roy is his cousin


Anonymous said...

Give some references as proof..

Anonymous said...

Prannoy and Arundhati are related according to Wikipedia.

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