[Essay] Breaking News Syndrome-2

On April 19th, 2013, CNN reported “breaking news” – the police had a suspect in custody for the Boston bombing, and they were on the way to the courthouse with the suspect. One hour later, they reported “breaking news”- there was no suspect in custody, contrary to “earlier reports.” So basically, the breaking news was […]


[Essay] Breaking News Syndrome

When Howard Beale at UBS Evening News learnt that he had only a couple of weeks more on the air, due to declining ratings, he would have been envious of his counterparts in the Indian public service broadcaster, Doordarshan. However, that was a different time altogether. Network came out in 1976. Thirty seven years hence, […]