This book makes a new and significant argument that Indian news media are no longer just observers but active participants in the events that direct the nation. It explores the changing role and performance of Indian news media in the past 25 years by examining their coverage of some of the landmark events and issues within the context of the India's ‘globalising’ polity, increased privatisation, new communication technologies and the rise of individualism.

The challenges of globalisation have resulted in significant changes in news processes and procedures, which this volume details by scrutinising the media's reportage of several events and issues, such as anti-graft movement, paid news, sting journalism, 24-hour news and coverage of terrorism and politics—media nexus. The theoretical exploration of the changes in the Indian media landscape draws from academic disciplines of media studies, journalism, cultural studies, political science and sociology.

Introduction: Indian News Media in a Globalised Era

Introduction: Indian News Media in a Globalised Era

Introduction: Indian news media in a globalised era

Usha M. Rodrigues


In our first volume, Indian Media in a Globalised World, we outlined how the globalisation era of late modernity (Giddens 1991) reached the Indian economy in the late 1980s and early 1990s with the acceleration in private and foreign investment and deregulation of market forces. The Indian media and entertainment industry, as a significant and visible part of this transition, was also transformed. About 25 years ago, television was the first to experience the de facto regulation with the entry of private and foreign channels with the assistance of satellite technology. The audiovisual media industry was dramatically changed from a government-owned single network to a multi-network industry. Competition ...

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