Sunday, February 26, 2006

Shame on The Hindu newspaper [sports section]

Preference for cicket coverage

I have been reading the Hindu for almost 15 years. I first started reading the Hindu way back in 1989. i even have the first copy of the Young World edition which came out in the same year. I have copies of the new look Business Line and the Sportstar.

One thing i have noticed recently is the bias it has towards cricket. The Hindu sports section occipies two and half pages of which almost two pages are devoted to cricket.

No coverage of the Turin 2006 Winter Olympics

I have not found a single article on the Turin 2006 Winter Olympic games which started this month. No medals tally, nothing. Is it becuse this country has only four participants? And India's medal hopes did not do well? There was no news about Shiv Keshavan's boycott of the opening cermony or a prelude article to the Winter Olympics.

Horse Racing coverage

How many people are actually interested in this sports that allows you to gamble legally? This section covers half a page.

The rest of real estate is filled up by cricket news from around the globe. Bah!

Mr Editor, you should know that there readers who are interested in other sports like football, the Winter Olympic games, boxing and a myriad of other disciplines. I hope you will change you reporting standard for the sports section.


Blogger Deaths Head Roy said...

True.....and I feel that pretty much every other newspaper in India is the same.....too much coverage of cricket on the mainstream media....

4:33 PM  
Blogger sathya said...

hi andy,

agree in parts with u da machi....

lets face it u feed cricket to ur readers they gobble it up... no one complains da...

but i seriously dont understand why HORSE RACING is given that coverage... when TOI/DH/IE none of them give it any longer....

(hey dude enable the non blogger comments)

5:56 PM  
Blogger Jasmine said...

I have no personal knowledge of it, but I HAVE heard that the cricket reporting in The Hindu is said to be an institution within an institution. It is one of the traditions that The Hindu is associated with, I guess.

As for the horse racing - I am as clueless as you. Perhaps you ought to put your questions to the Reader's Editor.

5:24 PM  
Blogger labsji said...

Even World economic forum was poorly covered. Guess they want to conserve content to special publications like Business Line and Sportstar.


4:41 PM  
Blogger Varun Reddy Sevva said...

Well, I dunno abt the Chennai edition man, but in Kurukshetra I used to read the Hindu itself and I remeber the coverage of the Torino Olympics. I used to read just 1 paper then...

2:09 PM  

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