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Old 2nd August 2010, 13:38   #61
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I recently switched to Hindu from TOI. For me, BT was not that big an issue. But off late, I started suspecting the authenticity of the news in TOI. I think they have some hidden agenda and I suspect they are biased most of the time.

For example TOI has business interests in many companies ( as they accepts minority stake in the company in return to ad space). So it is their interest to protect the stock price of the company and don't report anything against such companies.

The other supplements TOI has (other than BT) are also junk. Especially on Sundays, the paper is so thick with no content.
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seriously guys, are you saying you don't like some meaningless nudity once in a a while?
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For example TOI has business interests in many companies ( as they accepts minority stake in the company in return to ad space). So it is their interest to protect the stock price of the company and don't report anything against such companies.
That is their business model. they have some name for it. And this info, ad space for minority stake, is a public info. I guess they own a lot of apt around the city. I remember going over a owners association website of an apt from sobhahalli, where they had listed all defaulters(non payment of maint dues etc), and bennett&coleman was listed as owner of many apts. Their coverage of real estate is completely one sided.

And yeah, i too agree that it is a soft-porn. A sports section is not complete with out a half nude pic of WAGs. Not every day, but most of the times.

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I also felt after the trouble with Jayalalitha (N ram) was hounded by the ADMK regime they were becoming a little pro DMK and were closely following Kanimozhi's events and her photos were there every second day.I infact wrote to them that they are losing their neutrality....obviously that letter never got publised and that is when i shifted to TOI.
Now i think i will go back to Hindu and Express.

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Tell me a newspaper that is not baised? Or show me a person who is not baised? Even TOI is giving a over the top coverage of this path yathra to bellary. Hindu is a leftist. Esp for congress and dmk. Long time back, some time after sonia took over the leadership, they gave a glowing center spread coverage for her. Even today, i feel, it is hardly worth it.

BTW, who is this "bennett & coleman". Is this firangi or this indian company? any one have an idea about who owns this company? share holders etc?
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I've grown up on Deccan Herald for most of my life and I have been subscribing to TOI from the past 3-4 years. I feel TOI is like junk food (burgers, fries etc), The Hindu is more of a nutritious food (greens, vegetables etc) and is very bland, and DH is a balance of the two.

Content wise the Hindu is right up there, but it feels boooring to read. DH also has good content and is interesting to read. TOI is all masala and no good content. But, nowadays DH is also going the TOI way.

Btw, I still subscribe to TOI. Why?? Purely because of the masala stuff

Even their news channel 'Times now' is utter crap. They are purely driven on sensationalist journalism.

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seriously guys, are you saying you don't like some meaningless nudity once in a a while?
I don't think that is the point here.

The question is more like, "Do you want nudity meaningless or otherwise in your day to day newspaper, which is easily accessible by children?"
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I buy Hindu, TOI, ET and DC - all together so that no family member feels left out early morning.

TOI is stellar in terms of not missing out on any news.
Trashy as it may be, I feel Hindu and DC tend to miss news items at National as well as local level.

I do however hate TOI for launching psy-ops type warfare by bludgeoning their readers into believing what they feel is right and hositing their own agendas - e.g. Aman kaa tamasha type campaigns. It is frightening. Not to say Hindu not does do it - albeit subtly - through opinionated columnists like Siddhartha Vaidyarajan type of columnists.

Favourite - ET - I would buy it only for the cryptic crossword. I get good summary in page-2/3 of all news that I want to know.

BBLOST - have you turned on TV recently - there is enough nudity on it - Kids more likely to see that than the newspaper.
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BBLOST - have you turned on TV recently - there is enough nudity on it - Kids more likely to see that than the newspaper.
How do I implement channel lock on a newspaper?

Is there any alternative except getting up early and cutting out the offensive parts everyday.
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BTW, who is this "bennett & coleman". Is this firangi or this indian company? any one have an idea about who owns this company? share holders etc?
The company was started by T. J. Bennett and F.M. Coleman (Company name came from here), but was sold even before India's independence to Mr. R. K Dalmia. Later changed hands and now the ownership and management control lies with Mrs. Indu Jain and her sons Mr. Samir Jain & Mr. Vineet Jain.
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How do I implement channel lock on a newspaper?

Is there any alternative except getting up early and cutting out the offensive parts everyday.
Point taken - BUT - sadly even the content on news channels, general entertainment channels which the kids are likely to see is not exactly clean. Hide the TOI supplement (city times) and read it in the TOI-let

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The title of this thread was the same reason why we changed to Deccan Chronicle. But, to our dismay, we realized that DC is also a small brother of TOI. Their tabloid section is pathetic! At least TOI has some good quality pictures, DC has poor quality ones with pathetic writeups. I think they get many of their articles written by amateurs.

Their classified section takes the cake - it contains only ads from "friendship seekers" and "massage parlours"!!

The only saving grace is the 2-page comic and puzzles section that we all enjoy

I think we will move back to TOI from next month. At least we will be updated with the latest ads
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Btw, I still subscribe to TOI. Why?? Purely because of the masala stuff
Pretty much what I thought about it. That's only reason one should buy TOI other than nice typesetting and glossy paper quality
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The title of this thread was the same reason why we changed to Deccan Chronicle. But, to our dismay, we realized that DC is also a small brother of TOI. Their tabloid section is pathetic! At least TOI has some good quality pictures, DC has poor quality ones with pathetic writeups. I think they get many of their articles written by amateurs.

Their classified section takes the cake - it contains only ads from "friendship seekers" and "massage parlours"!!

The only saving grace is the 2-page comic and puzzles section that we all enjoy

I think we will move back to TOI from next month. At least we will be updated with the latest ads
you obviously have not seen any afternoon bombay papers - mumbai mirror or mid-day. Around half of the paper is devoted to friendship seekers and massage parlour/escort ads.

Anyways, if you want to raise your children in a slightly screened way,you have to stop subscription to the TOI. However do note, if you subscribe to the Hindu type papers, it will be harder for children to acquire a habit of reading papers.
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Oldies, get used to it.

Our society is evolving fast - and what you see on papers is what public likes to read/see.

Close you eyes and ears, if you don't like it.
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BTW, who is this "bennett & coleman". Is this firangi or this indian company? any one have an idea about who owns this company? share holders etc?
very much Indian.
GOI doesn't allow any foriegn media news firm to publish/broadcast independently or be the majority shareholder.

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Oldies, get used to it.
Our society is evolving fast - and what you see on papers is what public likes to read/see.
Close you eyes and ears, if you don't like it.
It's actually faster than what you say..
Society prefers to see
a high res image in the "WWW" than look at a smudged one in a newspaper.

That's precisely the reason why Playboy was almost bankrupt a few months back.

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The most offensive part of TOI is that it calls itself Newspaper.

It is a Tabloid.
This is what Wikipedia has to say on Tabloid.

Tabloid - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"In the newspaper industry, a tabloid is a smaller newspaper format per spread; for a weekly or semi-weekly alternative newspaper that focuses on local-interest stories and entertainment, often distributed free of charge (often in a relatively small newspaper format); or for a newspaper that tends to sensationalize and emphasize or exaggerate sensational crime stories, gossip columns repeating scandalous and innuendos about the deeply personal lives of celebrities and sports stars, and other so-called "junk food news" or junk mail (often in a relatively small newspaper format). As the term "tabloid" has become synonymous with down-market newspapers in some areas, some small-format papers which claim a higher standard of journalism refer to themselves as "compact" newspapers instead."
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