1st Edition

Media Discourse in Contemporary India A Study of Television News

By Sudeshna Devi Copyright 2022

    This book examines the historical trajectory of the growth of the television news and critically analyzes the role of private television news in framing the nature of public discourse in contemporary India.

    Set in the context of a transformed media landscape, the book attempts to understand and analyze the role of two private national news channels, NDTV 24×7 and Aaj Tak, in producing mediatized narratives that offer a commentary on the various social, political, cultural, religious and economic issues in the public domain. This is achieved by critically examining the process and techniques of production, representation and consumption of current affairs programs such as studio debates, panel discussions, audience talk shows and documentaries aired on both the channels. Highlighting some of the key trends that impinge on the structure and mode of operation of television news media in contemporary India, the book offers a simultaneous examination of how the production, representation and consumption of the mediatized discourses shape the nature of public discourse and have social-political ramifications for the functioning of Indian democracy.

    The book will be of interest to researchers in sociology, media and communication studies, popular culture and South Asian Studies.

    Introduction; Chapter 1 Media, Democracy and Discourse: A Conceptual Framework; Chapter 2 Television News, State and Market: The Changing Dynamics; Chapter 3 Television News in Contemporary India: Charting the Field; Chapter 4 Production of Current Affairs Programming: A Study of NDTV 24x7; Chapter 5 Production of Current Affairs Programming: A Study of Aaj Tak; Chapter 6 Representation of Current Affairs Programming: A Thematic Analysis of NDTV 24x7 and Aaj Tak; Chapter 7 Consumption of Current Affairs Programming: Mapping Voices of Viewers; Conclusion; Annexures; Bibliography


    Sudeshna Devi is an independent researcher based in Noida, India. She has a Doctorate in Sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and her research areas are media history, public opinion, newsrooms, digital media, media consumption and public broadcasting.