TV Journalists Should Be Judicious, Show Either Sides Of A Story: Karan Thapar

04 October 2019


Bhubaneswar: Television journalism is a very powerful medium of disseminating news. The forum allows journalists to portray a happening right from the spot of occurrence in a timely manner. However, at times reporters and cameramen engaged in gathering news focus on one side, excluding either side of the happening, senior journalist Karan Thapar said today.

Addressing a gathering on the occasion of 35th anniversary of Odia daily 'Sambad', Thapar said, "The issue with television journalism at times is, people do not get the picture which eye can catch, they only see what the lens captures."

At times what we see on television makes us frame opinions and conclusions. And that conclusion may often be the wrong one. "This is what I mean when I say, that television has an inherent tendency to sensationalise. The statement - it has to be true because I saw it on TV, is actually misleading or at least based on a fallacious understanding of TV," Thapar said.

This problem can be addressed by widening the camera frame and capturing events on either side of the story or by putting things in perspective with clever well-written commentary. "The problem is, with journalists up against deadlines, such balancing gets squeezed out," he added.

The first limitation is TV has problems handling what it cannot show. An anchor's head talking is not easy to follow. Also the graphics and photographs not always help. This is why news bulletins, ignore what they cannot film, he said.

Speaking on the occasion, Sambad Group Founder Soumya Ranjan Patnaik extolled the efforts of Pandit Gopabandhu Das who started Odia daily ‘Samaj’ 100 years back. “October 4 is a memorable day for every Odia. On this day Pandit Das started a newspaper which has completed 100 years which is a matter of pride for every Odia,” he said

“Today, when media houses often encounter existential issues, the success story of Samaj is truly inspiring. We at Sambad complete 35 years today and get encouraged by the consistency of Samaj started by Pandit Gopabandhu Das,” added Patnaik.

Earlier in the day, Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan congratulated Sambad Group for completing 35 years. Pradhan was speaking at the 10th anniversary event of ‘Kanak News’ which is the TV media wing of the Group.

"To run a complete media house which comprises of newspaper, news channel and FM radio, is a big challenge. The manner in which Shri Soumya Patnaik has successfully run the group is exemplary," Pradhan said.

Highlighting the benefits of technology and the Internet, Pradhan said that today people can access and read vernacular newspapers in any part of the world. I myself prefer to consume my daily quota of news through the digital medium, the Minister added.

Veteran Journalist and Former Chief Editor of Navbharat Times Ram Kripal Singh was the Chief Speaker on the occasion. Luminaries from all walks of life attended the event held here on Friday.

Karan Thapar, Senior Journalist

Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, Founder, Sambad Group

Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister