Doordarshan News on Thursday denied editing any portion of the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi’s interview telecast on Sunday and repeated on the channel the following day.
In a statement issued in response to the BJP’s allegation that the interview had been edited and downplayed, Director-General of DD News S.M. Khan said, “There was no deliberate editing or omission of any portion of the interview. Wherever editing was done was for technical reasons and during post-production. There was no interference by any authority in the entire process. Important portions of the interview were used in all important bulletins of DD News also. There was no attempt to downplay the interview, rather it was given wide pre-telecast publicity and also repeated the next day.”
Doordarshan’s clarification came on a day when the Congress and the BJP made snide remarks at each other after news reports suggested that Mr. Modi’s comment that Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s daughter Priyanka Gandhi-Vadra was like a daughter to him was edited out.