Mainstream channels are the biggest threat to mainstream media: Anurag Thakur

Describing mainstream channels as the “biggest threat” to mainstream media, Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur said real journalism involves “reporting news without fabrication” and giving a platform for “all parties to present their views”.

Describing mainstream channels as the “biggest threat” to mainstream media, Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur said real journalism involves “reporting news without fabrication” and giving a platform for “all parties to present their views”.

Addressing a gathering at an Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) event in New Delhi on Monday, Thakur said news channels risked losing credibility by inviting guests who “polarize” and “spread false narratives”.

“Are you going to show visuals that grab eyeballs and ignite anger or show restraint and project visuals in context to present the full picture?” Thakur, pointing out that broadcasters face a set of choices that will determine how to redefine television news content.

He prefaced his remarks on the state of television news by saying that the Covid-19 pandemic has presented challenges while providing opportunities not only to reinvent journalism, but also to redefine the media as a trusted source of news. news and information.

“Real journalism is about facing the facts, presenting the truth, giving all parties a chance to present their views. In my view, the biggest threat to mainstream media does not come from new-age digital platforms, but rather from the mainstream media channel itself. If you decide to invite polarizing guests, who spread false narratives, who shout loudly, 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 viewers, Thakur said, suggesting that provocative presentations can help grab attention, but ultimately viewers.” will never trust your anchor, channel or brand as a reliable and transparent source of information”.

“So my question to the broadcasters here today is, are you going to watch the narrative be defined by sound bites, or are you going to define yourself and the terms for the guest and the channel? Are you going to watch younger audiences rock and sweep away the strident news on TV or will you bring neutrality back into the news and discussion in the debates to stay ahead of the game?Are you going to show visuals that catch eyeballs and inflame anger or show restraint and project visuals in context to present the full picture?” says Thakur.

The minister advocated the need to preserve professionalism instead of compromising values ​​in the face of fierce competition. “I firmly believe that journalists have a duty to report news without fabrication, despite temptations to compete with those who spread fake news,” he added.

In a statement, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting said that during the event, Thakur also presided over an award ceremony.

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

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