In the past decade, the number of channels which are solely dedicated to news has increased. Presently we can see 24X7 news channels viz. NDTV, STAR NEWS, STAR MAZA, AAJ TAK, etc. The fresh, up-to-date news about the happenings around the world can get in fraction of seconds. This transformation did not happen overnight. The big official Grand Opening of the first TV Station after years of experimental broadcasts in America, France and UK was likely on November 2, 1936 in London, England .The first television broadcasting station was located at Alexandria Palace in London, Great Britain and ii was none other than BBC ( British Broadcasting Company Ltd.). Lyrics for “Television” – BBC
A mighty maze of mystic, magic rays
Is all about us in the blue,
And in sight and sound they trace
Living pictures out of space
To bring a new wonder to you
The busy world before you is unfurled –
Its songs, its tears and laughter, too.
One by one they play their parts
In this latest of the Arts
To bring new enchantment to you.
As by your fireside you sit,
The news will flit,
As on the silver screen.
And just for entertaining you
With something new
The stars will then be seen. So…
There’s joy in store
The world is at your door –
It’s here for everyone to view
Conjured up in sound and sight
By the magic rays of light
That brings Television to you.
Really, the lyrics itself proved the impact of news channels on every aspect of human life from science to entertainment and from richest to poorest. The news is more than a category of information or a form of entertainment; it is an awareness of the happening of our society creating security. People around the world are able to receive news instantly with few clicks of a button with the new technology of the Internet. Moreover, it will be correct if it is said that news channels today are the true critics of Govt. policies and policy maker take guidance from several news channels to make better living conditions for their people.Indian news channels focused on the underprivileged sections of the society, acting as a bridge between them and the government. They are good source of information on current affairs, latest trends, sensex, finance, sports news, astrology ,etc… However, they are often criticized for generating news out of non news worthy events. Sometime it is true.
Filling a channel with content 24 hours each day is challenging and sometimes, editors are tempted to fill the time with stories that are not worth broadcasting or airing topics that in the past have been considered private rather than public. The many news presented by news channels with sensationalism affects on mind of viewers especially on teenagers. It results in increasing crime in the society. Is not the duty of the media to maintain certain values and maintain standards and take active part in the social reformation? Although, I must say that there is an association between the development of mass media and social change and I must praise media for showcasing social issues. Media has a constructive role to play for the society.
Today News Channels a are mouthpiece of some social issues. I must say that there is an association between the development of mass media and social change and I must praise media for showcasing social issues.” The general media have always been the backbone of all civilization and the unifying forces of the ever growing modern civilized world. All accounts of history have been written on the basis of its contemporary media establishment. So, what on earth could we do without newspapers, magazines, journals, book, radio and TV? Back to the past, wouldn’t we?
According to me, innovation of news channels is blessed for the society. But at the same time they must remember to perform social responsibilities.