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Thursday, June 24, 2004

Why Sun News sucks big time

When Hemanth wrote about Sun News� abysmal quality of news reporting, one could talk about the tabloidisation of public discourse. But tabloids serve a purpose: with their sensational reportage, they actually go on to arouse heavy sentiment and emotion from the reader that an intellectual �Hindu� type cannot achieve.

But now two things have happened that reaffirm the crassness of Sun. Today, Sun News (Hemanth had pointed out an earlier instance) chose to show the beheading of the South Korean hostage.

What they did earlier was even worse. A couple of days ago, Sun TV had very self-righteously championed the cause of temporary government employees who had been served notices. Yesterday Sun News itself behaved like a very bad employer. Without notice, and for reasons too complex to state and even more impossible to understand or even see it coming, decided to shut down its English news division. To the average viewer, it would not make too much of a difference, but the fact that almost the entire sacked team had not anticipated such a move, and therefore, had not arranged for alternative employment really shows how inconsiderate an employer could get. I can even be called insensitive to the compulsions and rights of an employer to sack vestigial elements; and even a quasi communist. Those who know me also know that I have many friends working in that team. Apart from personal prejudice and protectionist politics, my main argument is that the notice period could have been longer, say in weeks rather than 2 days. Being a fresh communications graduate, I have a fair idea of how long and how hard it is to land a reasonably decent job in television. So there are now more reasons why SUN News sucks!


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Comments to Why Sun News sucks big time

In case you forgot the other instances...

-> They showed a burning Bus with college students.
-> A mahout poking a sharp stick on an elephant's leg
-> An army camp in philiphines using a live dog to practice stabbing..
--> An elephant swinging its mahout and crashing him on a wall to death

All this was shown for sensationalism and to gain political milage.

posted by Blogger Kumaraguru 

9:05 pm, June 25, 2004
 

In case you forgot the other instances...

-> They showed a burning Bus with college students.
-> A mahout poking a sharp stick on an elephant's leg
-> An army camp in philiphines using a live dog to practice stabbing..
--> An elephant swinging its mahout and crashing him on a wall to death

All this was shown for sensationalism and to gain political milage.

posted by Blogger Kumaraguru 

9:07 pm, June 25, 2004
 

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posted by Anonymous Anonymous 

5:29 pm, June 26, 2004
 

That is really sick !!

posted by Blogger lazy geek 

10:29 pm, June 26, 2004
 

Thalaiva... am on a Mac... ur font is extremely hard to read... Cos of the dark background and the black font. Btw.. background pic looks awesome...

posted by Blogger anantha 

12:54 am, June 28, 2004
 

neat changes.

question: i'm looking for documentaries (to buy). know where i can get them in chennai? sorry to leave this query on your blog.

- dragon

posted by Anonymous Anonymous 

3:20 pm, June 28, 2004
 

Anand, THAT is Sad. No time given before they were let go!
BTW, I happened to be at home the day they announced about that "News" in the Headlines in Short. "Thalai Thundithu Bayagara Kolai... Sun Seidhigalil". I just felt like puking right there. This is worse than Tabloidisation.

- hemanth

posted by Anonymous Anonymous 

10:22 pm, June 28, 2004
 

Missed Selvi or Manivi? Check out http://suntv.blogspot.com, for Sun TV updates.

posted by Anonymous Anonymous 

11:17 am, August 10, 2005
 

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