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Moment to cherish: Chief Minister K. Rosaiah presenting Nandi Award to film-maker K. Raghavendra Rao in the city on Saturday. Ministers J. Geeta Reddy and P. Sabitha Reddy are also seen. —
Moment to cherish: Chief Minister K. Rosaiah presenting Nandi Award to film-maker K. Raghavendra Rao in the city on Saturday. Ministers J. Geeta Reddy and P. Sabitha Reddy are also seen. —

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Chief Minister gives away Nandi Awards for TV–2008

HYDERABAD: Chief Minister K. Rosaiah on Saturday regretted that in the race to be the first to convey news, television channels were broadcasting news that was not authentic.

He was speaking after giving away the Nandi Awards for Television – 2008 and the Rajiv Pratibha Puraskars for 2009 and 2010 at the Lalitha Kala Thoranam here.

Mr. Rosaiah had the audience in splits when he said that he had observed many a time that television reporters called up their offices for ‘scrolls' to be put out, even before he completed a sentence. Healthy competition between channels was welcome but not at the cost of conveying the incorrect news, he said.

Information Minister J. Geeta Reddy said television as a medium was no less powerful than films, unlike in the past and said that television had come into the bedrooms of houses from drawing rooms. Its popularity should be used by producers and directors in coming up with information and educative programmes. She said that over the years the cash prizes for different categories of Nandi Awards were hiked, as were the number of categories per se, in order to encourage talent.

Home Minister P. Sabita Reddy expressed concern at the way crime was being portrayed in the media. They said that many a time, criminals had told police that they got the idea of committing a crime by watching a particular programme that depicted the incidents. Earlier, Information Commissioner C. Parthasarathy welcomed the gathering.


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