Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Corporate and Media communication are extremely tainted

PodUniversal Edition 110
Press Council of India is the Statutory  Regulatory Authority in India to govern the conduct of print and broadcast media. The Chairman of this body is selected by a high power committee, which includes the Speaker of the Lok Sabha and the Chairman of Rajya Sabha.  The Chairman is selected from the panel of retired Supreme Court Judges.  

Brahma Kumaris, one of the leading spiritual organisations, organised a three-day  National Media Conference 2010 at Mount Abu from 17th Sep 2010.  The Conference was inaugurated by Hon'ble Justice G N Ray, Chairman, Press Council of India.  
K. Srinivasan interviewing Justice G N Ray
After the inauguration of National Media Conference 2010, we recorded an exclusive interview for PodUniversal, with Justice G N Ray.  During our podcast interview, Justice G N Ray covered the following aspects.
1.  Freedom of speech in India and cross media ownership, as compared to the other countries.
2.  "Paid News syndrome".  Justice Ray  condemns the paid news syndrome adopted by some of the media houses and calls it as 'unfortunate'.  He says, Press Council of India has also submitted their recommendations to Election Commission of India.
3.  He also feels that Corporate Communication is extremely tainted. Now, some of the media houses enter into an agreement with corporates and acquire a certain percentage of shares.  He expressed concern over this phenomenon.  He also quoted the example of Reliance Power, who priced their shares at Rs.425/- at the time of IPO.  Immediately within a week, the price fell and he says, till date, the price has not reached even Rs.200/-.  He expresses concern over the hype created by the communication professionals and the media.
Since the above concerns are being expressed by a person of the stature of Chairman of Press Council of India and a former Supreme Court Judge, Indian Corporate communication/PR professionals and Media houses should introspect the present situation and restore the past glory.
Please listen to his full interview by clicking 'play' button.  (8 minutes). The streaming of audio will be smooth in broadband connections.  If there is any difficulty, you may download the audio, by right clicking this link and saving to your desktop in mp3 format (7 mb).

This podcast may also be listened from the following link.


  1. Excellent blog on Corporate Communication. Thanks for your illustrations and sharing the pitfalls of the Corporate and Media communication


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