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Media Watch: Why some Channels downplayed IT raids on Rameswara Rao

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The IT officials raiding Jupalli Rameswara rao’s Nandinagar residence and High-tech City offices yesterday created sort of tremors in political circles. It is known news that Jupalli Rameswara rao also known as ‘My Home’ Rameswara rao is a close confidante of Telangana CM KCR. Moreover, this raid happened just ahead of the BJP bigwig Amit Shah’s Hyderabad visit. Given these 2 facts, one would expect this news to be aired, debated and highlighted by the media strongly. But to the astonishment of the viewers, most of the media houses either downplayed the news or avoided it completely.

Even though the IT sleuths started raids in early morning, news didn’t break till the afternoon. That too only a few channels like ABN and V6 started scrolling this big news. Immediately after that social media went agog and in fact social media brought out more details of the incident rather than the mainstream media. It is not very difficult to understand why these media houses downplayed this news. Everyone knows that Rameswara rao, along with some other partners, bought TV9 last year. Subsequent to that, a silent war started between these new owners and Ravi Prakash, former CEO of the channel. If the grapevine is to be believed, Ravi Prakash himself gave some key information to IT officials that prompted them to raid Rameswara Rao’s house and office. So, it is but natural to expect TV9 to downplay this news. But Rameswara Rao also has stakes in 10TV and so obviously that channel also follows the same route. In Telugu states where media-politics nexus is so strong, the response of most of the channels was on predictable lines, though it surprised the viewer who expected the media to be impartial and unbiased while presenting the news. Sakshi channel, owned by Jagan, also following the same route given the friendship between Jagan and KCR.

The news broke in ABN and V6. But this also can be attributed to the political reasons as these channels are in the opposite group, or at least not in the same group that supports Rameswara Rao. Of course, some other channels that are not yet in top league promptly scrolled the news. Had the same happened with any other industrialist or film celebrity or sportsperson, probably all the media channels would have presented us the news with lot of enthusiasm and vigour.

It is in fact sad to see the double standards of the media while presenting the news that has even slightest political flavour.

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IT raids on My Home Rameswara Rao

In a big blow to the ruling TRS, its strong supporter and My Group Chairman Rameswara Rao came under the IT scanner. The IT officials silently began raids at the Nandinagar residence and High-tech City offices since morning. Interestingly, the raids took place just two days ahead of the visit of Union Home Minister Amit Shah to Hyderabad.

Rameswara Rao hit news headlines recently after he made police complaints against TV 9 former CEO Ravi Prakash over alleged forgery and mismanagement charges. There were reports subsequently that Ravi Prakash met senior BJP leaders in Delhi and complained against Rameswara Rao and KCR.

Political speculation is rife that the BJP has begun its operation to expand its support base in Telangana. Rameswara Rao faced allegations of buying TV 9, 10 TV and Mojo TV with black money. Ravi Prakash accused Rameswara Rao of using his money power to take possession of TV 9 through illegal means.

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T360 Excl : MyHome Rameswar Rao invests in TV5 and NTV

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Myhome Rameswar Rao , TV5 , NTV , Myhome Rameswara Rao buys NTV TV5 stake

  • Rameswar Rao, a trusted lieutenant of KCR has acquired stake in two Telugu news channels
  • By accepting investments from  CM’s inner circle corporate , will TV5 and NTV be able to question ruling governments and represent people of Telugu States ?
  • Mr. Rao is also known to be a front end for a famous Swami.

My Home Rameswar Rao, a homeopathy doctor-turned-real estate biggie, needs no introduction. One of the few home-bred industrialists of Telangana, Dr. Jupally is known to be one of the trusted lieutenants of CM K. Chandra Sekhar Rao. Mr. Rao, who has interests in cement production, power plants along with real estate, has made his intentions clear that he is looking to expanding his business empire by adding some media properties.

As per reliable sources, Mr. Rameswar Rao has acquired a 11% stake in vernacular news channel NTV, owned by Narendranath Chowdary, for 30 crores. Taking his media investments further, Mr. Rao has also invested 7 Crore in TV5, another vernacular news channel. It is worth noting that, Mr. Rao tried in vain to acquire a controlling stake in media major TV9, spear headed by Ravi Prakash. As he couldn’t close the deal with TV9, Mr. Rao invested in channels, which are rated No. 2 and 3 in Telugu news channels.

It is clear that Mr.Rameswar Rao wants to control the media narrative. This is similar to what Ambani has done at the national level by acquiring Network 18 group and ETV” says a senior editor of a Telugu news paper. These news channels have a fiduciary duty to question the TRS government when need be. By accepting investments from a right hand man of KCR, can these News channels maintain their independence?

An obvious question is why Mr. Rao very keen to invest in media? For one, Mr. Rameswar Rao is acquiring stake in News media to control the media narrative on behalf of his friend, KCR. Secondly, sources say Mr. Rao is the front face for most of the investment interests of a popular Swami’s trust. It would be a big help for the  Swami and Mr. Rao to influence the media narrative when need arises for these investments. . Besides the point: Mr. Rao is going to make a killing through his Maha cements, due to its proximity to Polavaram project.

Incidentally, one of the channels Mr.Rao acquired a stake in, screens programs about Charlatan Swami in prime time at 8:30 AM. Instead of enlightening people, these news channels spread superstitions through their paid advertisements. Also, this news channel aggressively promotes ‘NuZen’ Hair Oil products claim that hair will regrown naturally. Really ?

“Once upon a time media took it’s role to question people in power very seriously. Media was the adversary. It would take on those in positions of power, whether in government or the corporate sector. Time alone will tell how that adversarial role will exist under these sort of corporate deals.” said a senior media executive about corporate investors in media.

Will TV5 and NTV maintain their editorial independence and serve their fiduciary duty to further the cause of Telugu people? Only time can answer.

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