Although I occasionally watch news on television and have a few friends who work for major news channels, I know very little of how TV news works. But nothing I’ve seen on television news has been exciting at least for the last 10 years.
Since we have a lot of television veterans like Shekhar Gupta, Raghav Bahl and Barkha Dutt starting new companies here’s an idea: how about making edgy and investigative television news? It would be different from the boring documentaries and shouting matches that we are tired of watching.
I’d like to see extremely well produced newscasts that are a little more subtle (understated, if you will) and dark. Immersive and investigative. Sort of how Marvel Comics has been making their comics into serials these days. You know, the difference between watching a Bollywood horror flick and reading Bram Stoker’s Dracula when you are a child.
Will it work? I think it will. Because there are so many compelling and strong stories to tell in India. Also, a strong indication that this kind of content is liked by the new generation viewer is the growing popularity of Vice.
Last month Vice Media announced a news programming deal with HBO. Vice will have a daily news show and a channel on HBO’s new Internet streaming service HBO Now. I recently came across a documentary on UK’s deadliest debt collector they made and ended up binge watching hours of their documentary.
Another show I’d like to see on a news channel is intelligent satire on current affairs (I don’t mean Cyrus Brocha*). Something like what John Oliver does. Again, there is a fair bit of investigative journalism that goes into producing a show like Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.
* Suggestion: Keep the comedy but turn up the journalism a bit.