The push for pay - now or never

The drama over the chats between Arnab Goswami and Partho Dasgupta makes one thing clear. It is time to break the hegemony of advertising over news media; it is time to push for subscription revenues.  Mr Dasgupta, the founding CEO of Broadcast Audience Research Council, and Mr Goswami, founder of Republic TV, have been accused of fiddling with television ratings. The Mumbai police’s charge sheet has over 500 pages of pretty damning WhatsApp chats between the two. The opposition has asked for an enquiry by a Joint Parliamentary Committee; there is shock at some of the stuff Mr.....

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