So, Who Run the (Media) World?
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.