So, Who Run the (Me­dia) World?

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In light of these ex­clu­sive deals, one will not be wrong to won­der if any sem­blance of jour­nal­is­tic in­tegrity is pos­si­ble in the ed­i­to­rial rooms of BCCL’s many pub­li­ca­tions. Af­ter all, one rarely spits on the plate they eat from. An ex­am­ple of this quid pro quo ex­er­cise was when ToI re­frained from men­tion­ing the

Me­dia houses in In­dia are largely owned by two groups: politi­cians and large cor­po­rate groups. If this makes you un­com­fort­able, it should. Of all the fair and neu­tral en­ti­ties in this world, these two would surely not be in­cluded in that list.

An in­ter­est­ing and highly de­tailed in­fo­graphic by Newslaun­dry – http://www.newslaun­dry. com/2014/02/05/who-owns-your-me­dia-4/ – shows who rules the world of In­dian me­dia. As one can eas­ily gather, politi­cians and large cor­po­ra­tions ei­ther crop up in the own­ers list or in­nocu­ous names are some­how re­lated to them. For ex­am­ple, Hin­dus­tan Times Ltd’s ma­jor­ity share­hold­ers (the Bhar­tias) are di­rectly re­lated to the Am­ba­nis. Net­work 18, of course, al­ready has stakes owned by Mukesh Am­bani’s group.

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