Sunday, April 17, 2005

flip side of 24 hour news channels

We have breaking news from New Delhi. To find out more, lets cross over to the Indira Gandhi domestic airport to our correspondent Ruchika Sharma.

(Studio)Presenter : Ruchika, what news do you have for us?

Ruchika: Yes, the cricket teams of both India and Pakistan have landed here for the sixth and final one-day international. Both teams were aboard the same Indian Airlines airplane from Kanpur where they played the fifth one-day international.

Presenter: You can see that the members of both the teams are taking the main exit from the airport and are being guided straight into the team buses by the security officials. So Ruchika, Any idea what the mood is like in both the camps?

Ruchika: hmmm.. There is a huge security cordon that has formed a wall between the players and the fans as you can clearly see. Hmm...The players are walking straight from the exit to the buses.

Both teams are confident of a victory tomorrow. India wants to win tomorrow and tie the series. Pakistani players on the other hand want to win the match and the series tomorrow.


Rahul Mehra at the Taj Hotel in New Delhi:

Rahul: This is a momentous occasion for the people of both the countries with the Pakistan President Mr. Pervez Musharaff attending the sixth and final one-day international at the Feroze Shah Kotla tomorrow. He is staying in this hotel with his wife and I have with me the chef who prepared the premier's breakfast.

Rahul: oooh. it looks like you have worked very hard to cook up a delicious meal for the president.

Chef: Yes, here we have Fresh baked bread (points to bread), Fresh baked Croissants, Fresh Sugar buns, Fresh Fruit and Fruit juice prepared from Fresh Fruit.

Rahul: So what did the premier have?

Chef: He had fresh fruit and some fruit juice. The rest came back untouched.

Rahul: So, you must have done some extensive research into the president's habits and his preferences.

Chef: Yes we did some research into his food habits. He likes everything fresh.

We have live pictures from the Hyderabad House in New Delhi where the President Dr. Manmohan Singh and President Musharaff are expected to make a brief appearence before going in for the much anticipated meeting. We are expecting them any moment now. Ah there we see the two of them. Both of them are smartly dressed in Sherwani suits. Dr. Singh is expected to extend the hand of friendship shortly. hmm..there seems to be a delay...Yes, there we are, the leaders of the two nations are now SHAKING hands. A very firm handshake indeed. And, Dr. Singh places his arm on the President's shoulder as he guides him inside.


(And the winner)

Journalist: So, now that you have won your maiden WTA tour title, do you believe you can match any top player on your day?

Sania Mirza: I surely can

Journalist: Tell me, how does it feel to be a celebrity?

Sania Mirza: Its okay. I will get used to it. My aim is to break into..

Journalist: Do you feel that the press is intruding your personal life too much?

Sania Mirza: Yes, I would like all questions to be about the sport. When some reporter asks me a question that is not about Tennis, I just tell him that the question is not about tennis and ask him to move on.

Journalist: Oh that's very good! Sania, I notice you are not wearing your glasses. Tell us, have you switched over to contact lenses?



Blogger Sharad said...

Yeah da, these news channels - especially NDTV - sensationalize crappy stuff da . But I wouldn't mind the Sania Mirza thing da - I think she's cute.

I remember during Dhananjoy Chaterjee's hanging , they went to the hangman and asked him how he felt , how he ties knot , what he will do , etc etc etc. Fools da.

10:30 AM  
Blogger Anjana said...

That's so true! And u need a set-top box very badly my friend :) U watch too much news

8:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i agree with u....but this is not a local phenomena.they are just following the footsteps of our western brothers.
for ex.barbera walters to george bush:
are u a dog person or a cat person?

italian journalist to silvio berlusconi at a meeting to discuss israel palestine conflict:

senor,will u be signing david beckham for ac milan?


9:24 PM  
Blogger P said...

Aaj Tak killed us with the hour after hour coverage of Dhananjoy Chaterjee. Some kid even killed himself.

Freebutcomesataprice: honoured that you dropped by!

9:50 AM  
Anonymous H said...

Nice blog da.The torture that news watchers are subjected to by this incessant babble and to top it all News reporters who are no more than Glam dolls.... and heard on the grapevine - Rajdeep Sardesai plans to start his own News Channel....Oh No!!!!

9:12 PM  
Blogger Harry said...

too bad that Indian journalism is becoming the "fast-food" nonsense journalism that those yanks just love. its the television version of a tabloid. But Rajdeep Sardesai is one of the better journalists, methinks... maybe a channel by him wont be SO bad... (let the flames begin? )

10:34 PM  
Blogger P said...

I think Sardesai's channel will be good.It will be interesting. NDTV has been declining steadily both in content and ideas. It will be interesting to see how they cope without him.

12:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hot babes make the best news readers.

1:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sardesai has joined forces with rohit bagh(TV 18) plan to start a new channel-broadcast news.he claims that it will be journalist driven's only a question of time before he sells out.
freebutcomesataprice(loving this avatar-bold,forthright and unbelievably funny)

1:35 AM  
Blogger P said...

Unbelievably funny avatar?

Much like the source of the name ?!!

10:03 AM  
Blogger P said...

Yeah anon! Hot babes are the BEST!

10:05 AM  
Blogger Sarath said...

I was watching a bit of the interview with Sudarshan, totally 'nice' translation from hindi to english. sensationalization. Lost in Translation, also nice movie.

3:46 PM  
Blogger P said...

hey! I want that movie! how about giving it to the "co-author" of your blog??!

7:32 PM  
Blogger Sharad said...

Anon, your thing about the hot babes being the best newsreaders...reminds me of the greatest newsreader of all time da. CNN's MONITA RAJPAL. She speaks four languages !!

For all you wonderful people, here's a link to Monita's pic :-)

She was amazing , and you could just watch CNN the whole day...

3:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

talking abt hot anchors.....nidhi razdan and mitali mukherjee!!!!!!1

6:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you dont need any incentive to watch the news.

8:24 AM  
Blogger P said...

Sharadh: Monita Rocks! She was so much better than Zain Verjee or for that matter Daljit.

Zain Verjee has a very annoying habit of exchanging smiles with Jim Clancy even after a news clip about the death of 100 people.

Anon1: Nidhi Razdan is easily the cutest news reader around and she happens to be very good as well.

10:15 AM  
Blogger P said...

i don't know if I should delete those links! thats like porn mate!LOL!

10:17 AM  
Blogger Sharad said...

Haha...know what you mean about Zain and Clancy da..

12:51 PM  
Blogger Harry said...

Nidhi Razdan = old(ish)
Mithali Mukerjee = hottest ever!!

any idea what she's upto these days???

11:19 PM  
Blogger P said...

she is on CNBC. cant watch that bloody channel cause I dont have the ****in stb.

9:52 AM  
Anonymous H said...

Yeah agreed that all these cute women are not bad news readers....Nidhi razdan is pretty good but Headlines Today's anchors?! and I don't think Rajdeep's Channel will be any better .....there is only so much News that u can report

4:47 AM  
Blogger Kirthi said...

Interesting post.
Like I once said on my blog, 24x7 news channels will one day run out of ideas, shoot zoomed in pictures of the local anthill and debate for three hours on the socio-politico-economic impact of ants on human lives!!

8:31 AM  
Blogger P said...

Very true da. Its going to be interesting, anyway the way things are going it looks like it wont be a FTA channel meaning I will be stuck only with Headlines Today !

9:52 AM  
Blogger P said...

Hey Kirthi!

That just MIGHT be interesting when compared to the crap that we have nowadays!

9:54 AM  

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