Was listening to the radio in my car, when the tidbit given by RJ chetan was news to me. He said there was no news on a particular day and that day was April 18th 1930. According to him the news went like this-
” Good evening, Today is Good Friday. There is no news”.
On This day officially there was no news report , since nothing news worthy happened and only the piano was played the whole day.
Now, that was a contrast to today’s news where we are being fed with news on most news channels 24/7/365.
Well, is there something news worthy enough to be telecast all the time. It is the same news that is being recycled with different byliners like flashnews; breaking news; stop press etc., Any time you switch on the channel, the byliners and headlines are constant and the same old news is recycled through the day or with little variation.
And there is no parity in news between the channels. Each channel trying to out do the other to sensationalize a tiny piece of news or give extra mileage to a known celebrity. As if to add salt to the injury, the news anchors of today shout on top of their voices while relating or reporting an event so much so that even their mikes would go unconscious. I still can remember how a celebrity newsanchor shouted and called out to her colleague to find the latest news when the Taj blasts of Mumbai happened and there were explosions in the background.
The news gets more spicier, hotter and acidic if the newschannels are run by some political party , with one channel trying to openly malign the other and blowing their own trumpets. Today’s news channel radiate so much of negativity and uncensored violence that sometimes even after the TV is switched off the visuals come back to haunt you.
I could’nt resist myself from revisiting the past when news was carried in a dignified way and read by beautiful and handsome readers who were role models for many and style icons in their own right.
If you grew up in the 70's and 80's - Do you all remember the immaculately dressed Rini Simon Khanna, the admirable Komal GB Singh, the bearded Sunit Tandon, the baritone voiced Tejeswar, lovely Mini, soft toned Niti Ravindran, suave Bhaskar Bhattacharjee and many more of course the pioneer amongst them was Sasi Kumar.
The news during pre-satellite channel days were not sensational , competitive or prejudiced and each reader presented the news with the right dose of smile, right intonation and elegance.
The DD English news almost coincided with our dinner time. When dinner was being laid on the table, I, my little sis and my cousin who stayed with us would voice the names of who would read the news that day. Appa too would join in the fun. He would always root for Komal GB Singh( she reminded my father of his mom), Amma’s choice would be Rini, while we would call out for the others. It would be great fun till the favorite news reader appeared on the screen and then if it was the newsreader whom we had called, we would sport a “I told you so” look.
And then along with the dinner, we also chewed, diced and discussed the news and most often at home, there would be a dual party one supporting the Rajiv Congress and the other supporting for VPSingh. Many a times this has ended in a verbal fight and cold wars at home with my cousin and my sis.
Those days, when news time was less but had qualitynews and even the most harshest of news was conveyed in a soothing and soft way. And news then , was a reliable window for us to the world….no ..no a broad door.....
Today of course, we are spoilt with so many news channels that I keep toggling the channels not knowing which channel would provide me with that quality, reliable news.