How to Cover the Sridevi Death: A Guide by Indian TV Channels

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How to Cover the Sridevi Death: A Guide by Indian TV Channels

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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t can’t be easy working at an Indian news channel. There’s cut-throat competition, the public’s attention span verges around… uh, what were we talking about again?, and there is the grind of the 24-hour news cycle to put up with. Tack on the need to keep your corporate sponsors and advertisers happy, and the ease with which politicians violate press freedoms, and you wonder why anyone would want to be a TV journalist. But then, something big happens – a superstar like Sridevi passes away suddenly – and it all seems worth it again.

Judging by the frenzy with which English and regional language news channels have descended onto the story of Sridevi’s death, it’s fair to assume that the passing of a celebrity is like Christmas Day for Indian TV news. Tis the season to be insensitive. It is an occasion to drop all restraint and forget good taste by going all out on the sensationalism.

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