If you were not watching TV on Sunday night, here’s a glimpse of what happened (from Indian TV hits nadir with Prince saga)
The wall-to-wall coverage of the dramatic rescue of five-year-old Prince from a 60-ft deep pit in Haryana’s Kurukshetra town has taken television coverage to a new and disturbing low.
Sure, it was a poignant story that merited coverage with the boy falling into a shaft and lying trapped there for 50 hours with soldiers from an engineering regiment working overnight, scooping out drums of mud and then creating a connecting passageway in their rescue effort.
The coverage was mind-boggling because of the volume of coverage related to the story. It reminded me of the local American TV channels and I’m not being flattering. Every channel that you turned to had this story and they covered it in great detail.
It must’ve been tough for the boy and his family but there is something called too much coverage. Has the media become so narrow in their focus? It wasn’t even a slow news day, there are so many things going on in the world.
If the media could dissect India’s nuclear policy, India’s security/terrorism issues, reservations, traffic pollution, and so on, we would be better off. These issues are not sexy in a way that Prince’s story was, I guess.
Also, it seems like if one channel carries a story, everyone else must–there doesn’t seem to be much distinguishing TV channels from each other. Worse still, tabloid journalism is now making its way into television.
Maybe we should all go back to watching Doordarshan.