Monday, January 22, 2007

Should DD get to co-broadcast the Cricket Matches?

There is a lot of debate happening right now on whether or not DD, the ubiquitous State run TV Broadcaster should have the "right" to co-broadcast the current Cricket Series. I for one, don't agree that with that premise.

By sharing the broadcast rights with DD, without any kind of compensation, is a violation of the Rights that Nimbus has bought from the BCCI. Its debatable if the figures that they paid are worth it, but its still their Right. Rights are no different any other contract. Take personal property. There is a growing divide between the Rich and the Poor in India. The solution to that is not "Flog the Rich and Hand it over to the Poor" ala Robin Hood, but to uplift the Poor out of their quagmire by providing adequate infrastructure and opportunities. The very idea that DD should automatically be given a TV feed, just because there are folks who do not have access to NEO Sports is based on the Robin Hood principle. It may be good in a story but not a practical solution.

If DD were to be allowed to broadcast, then it should be due to a contract signed between NIMBUS, NEO Sports and DD. The Information and Broadcasting Ministry should not have any role to play in this. DD should pay to share the feed and NIMBUS should be compensated appropriately.

On the whole, there are number of things that the I guys should not do. Firstly, this whole "holier than thou" attitute is rubbish and self indulging. If anything the powers to be should focus on

  1. Setting standards for the quality of broadcast feeds. Right now, I know of a variety of Cable Operators who provide pretty poor quality signals to their neighbourhoods. There needs to be proper regulation of this quality to ensure that the customer gets the signal quality that she pays for.
  2. Discourage the increasing sensationalism in TV News. Everything seems to be breaking News. Everything seems to be blown out of proportion. Take the Shilpa Shetty case. Is it really so important? The real issues of racism are hidden away when the media trivializes such an important issue.
  3. Reduce Censorship. A case in point is the fact that the first amendment to the US Constitution increases its citizens freedom of speech while the first amendment of the Indian Constitution reduces it.

  4. Free the boundaries of Radio. Radio is now forced to be a friviolous medium where only songs are allowed. No serious talk and definitely No News.

Fix all this and allow Information to flow. Otherwise, rename the ministry as The Dept for Prevention of Information.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

10 for dinner

A common dinner party question is - if you had to invite any 10 people over for dinner, who would they be?

My list in case I'm interested in having spiritual view of things would be (In no particular order)

  1. Jesus Christ
  2. Gautam Buddha
  3. Adi Shankaracharya
  4. Muhammad
  5. Moses
  6. Confucius
  7. Zoroaster
  8. Guru Nanak
  9. Mahaveer Jain
  10. Any other (decided by prophecy)
In case, I have the choice of meeting Scientists then I would have (In no particular order)

  1. Sir Issac Newton
  2. Aristotle
  3. Albert Einstein
  4. Thomas Alva Edison
  5. Benjamin Franklin
  6. Leonhard Euler

  7. Richard Feynman
  8. Stephan Hawkings
  9. Marie Curie
  10. Any other scientist (decided by quantum physics)
If the choice was limited to Modern world leaders then I would have

  1. Theodore Roosevelt
  2. Jawaharlal Nehru
  3. Josef Stalin
  4. Mao Zedong
  5. Adolf Hitler
  6. Franklin Delano Roosevelt
  7. Vladimir IIyich Ulanov (Lenin)
  8. Nelson Mandela

  9. Golda Meir
  10. other world leader (decided by the ticks of an atomic clock)
I would then put these people together in a room, and put Feynman in charge :-)

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