Best News Network

‘In the old days at least it was all journalism no matter whether it was print or TV’

By Express News Service

You have been on good personal terms with political bosses. Many successful editors try to get into politics and Parliament. Did you ever want to?
There are two kinds of political journalists: those who are in it for the politics and those who are in it for the journalism. Without passing any value judgements on others I am proud to say that I am firmly in the latter category. I hate the idea of being in politics and in any case I would probably be the world’s worst politician.

Is it your privileged upbringing that places you at ease with people from different backgrounds and situations like prime ministers, chefs, media owners or a recalcitrant ABP housing department staff?
 No. Not really. First of all, I am not sure how privileged I am though I am very grateful to God for my advantages. Secondly, there is no one pattern to the kind of people I enjoyed talking to and who, in return gave me journalistic access. It’s hard to put Raj Kapoor, Bal Thackeray, Chandra Shekhar, KK Birla and Haji Mastaan in a single category. If I was to be a little immodest I would say that one of my few skills is an ability to listen. I have found that this often puts people at ease and makes them open up to me. It’s the skill I rely on as an interviewer and the one that helps me extract information from sources. Unlike many others in the profession I am not that keen on airing my own views or imposing my ego on every situation. 


Did your print background help you in TV?
Yes, it did. In the old days at least it was all journalism no matter whether it was print or TV. That has changed now that there is an element of drama and theatricality to TV. But when I started out, people wanted fairness and anchors who were pleasant enough, but whose primary skill was in getting you a balanced view of what was going on or who could get the best out of important guests. So print was a very good training ground.    

The story has faded but the Radia Tapes shadow lurks somewhere in the background. You have shown proof that your tape was faked and tampered with.
Yeah. The story would have faded earlier had I not kept it alive myself! When the CBI told the Supreme Court that the tapes leaked to the media had been doctored, that should have been it. But I got a little obsessive and insisted on sending the tapes for testing to labs in the US and the UK. When the tests also showed that they had been doctored I insisted that Outlook which ran the original story carried the results of those tests. Then, when Outlook would not withdraw the allegations against me I went to court and fought for a retraction. I did not rest till I got it. Was that wise? The story had been forgotten by then anyway. So probably, no. It wasn’t necessary to keep going. I needn’t have bothered to sue. But I guess that’s just the way I am built!

“One of my few skills is an ability to listen. This often puts people at ease and makes them open up to me. It’s the skill I rely on as an interviewer.”


Stay connected with us on social media platform for instant update click here to join our  Twitter, & Facebook

We are now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@TechiUpdate) and stay updated with the latest Technology headlines.


For all the latest Life Style News Click Here 

 For the latest news and updates, follow us on Google News

Read original article here

Denial of responsibility! NewsAzi is an automatic aggregator around the global media. All the content are available free on Internet. We have just arranged it in one platform for educational purpose only. In each content, the hyperlink to the primary source is specified. All trademarks belong to their rightful owners, all materials to their authors. If you are the owner of the content and do not want us to publish your materials on our website, please contact us by email – [email protected]. The content will be deleted within 24 hours.