India on Television - How satellite news channels  have changed the way we think and act

India on Television - How satellite news channels have changed the way we think and act

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Author: Nalin Mehta
Publisher: HarperCollins
Year: 2008
Language: English
Pages: 393
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788172237264


More than fifty 24-hour news networks, operating in eleven different languages, emerged in India between 1992 and 2006. This book traces the evolution of satellite television and how it effected major changes in political culture, the state, and expressions of Indian nationhood.

Explaining how television, a medium that developed in the industrial West, was adapted to suit Indian conditions, the book focuses specifically on the emergence of satellite news channels. It shows how live television used new forms of technology to plug into existing nodes of communication, which in turn led to the creation of a new visual language - national, regional and local.

The story of Satellite television is also the story of India’s encounter with globalization. This meticulously researched and persuasively argued book tracks how the two have changed the face of mass media and impacted the lives of millions of Indians.


'Excellent…an incisive and much needed study of how television is changing India.'
– Rajdeep Sardesai
“Fantastic… Nalin has beautifully pieced together the real, untold story behind the soundbytes”
-Arnab Gowami
“Mehta explains a complex story of how India television, in the space of about 15 years, become the country’s most dynamic medium and how the consequences of that change affect sport, Politics and most aspects of daily life. This is a “don’t miss” book for anyone following the transformation of India.”
-Robin Jeffrey


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