Media

‘95% of video consumption in India is in regional languages; Hindi internet users will outnumber English users by 2021’

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Caesar Sengupta is Google Vice President, Next Billion Users and Payments. He spoke to Nalin Mehta about why India is central to the future global growth of the internet and how this is changing the way digital products are being designed. Globally we have over 4 billion internet users now and another billion coming in, mostly from Asia. […..]

Easy to talk war on TV, but knee-jerk is not the answer

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Not since Mumbai’s 26/11 has the nation been so united in its horror and anger at a terrorist attack as by the brutality at Pulwama. The sheer scale of the loss and the macabre images of destruction at the Pampore-Letapore section of the Srinagar-Jammu highway have so seared India’s collective consciousness that it simply cannot […..]

Facebook’s Campbell Brown: No silver bullet for tackling fake news … no way Facebook can monitor every story or video shared

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Fake news on digital media has become a potent means of manipulating political discourse around the world. Campbell Brown, Facebook’s New York-based head of news partnerships, spoke to Nalin Mehta on how the world’s largest social network is responding to the propagation of fake news through its platform in India and worldwide: How are you […..]

Bihar’s egg on TV’s face

Remember Al Gore? There is a loose parallel between how some Indian TV channels mucked up the Bihar counting day coverage last Sunday with the embarrassing on-air calls that American TV networks made during the 2000 ‘Bush vs Gore’ presidential polls. Announcing the results on November 7, 2000, channels first called Florida in favour of […..]

TV channels losing it on Bihar?

BJP may have lost its big gamble in Bihar, but many TV news channels may also be losers in the viewership stake of credibility. With different channels showing such widely divergent numbers on assembly seats through the morning, viewers were left floundering on what to believe and who to trust. Even the broad trend lines […..]

Europe versus Facebook

It all started with an Austrian student studying in California. A few years ago, whenMax Schrems found that Facebook was simply ignoring European privacy laws for users, he started a group called Europe versus Facebook and the beginning of challenge that has now culminated in a landmark ruling by the EU’s top court The European […..]

Your TV only on your mobile

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It has finally happened. A big national channel has finally shifted a major programme totally online. Starting next week, Star Plus’ three-month old fiction show ‘Phir Bhi Na Mane… Badtameez Dil’ will move exclusively to its digital platform Hotstar. This is the first time ever that an Indian broadcaster has shifted a regular daily fiction […..]