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The News Minute| December 26, 2014| 8.45 pm IST The year 2014 began in the wake of the Tarun Tejpal issue which had polarized the media close to the end of the last year. With the Lok Sabha elections poised to take place during the course of the year, it was bound to be a topsy-turvy year for newscasters across the country. Here’s taking a look at the biggest media stories from the past year: The Reliance takeover of Network 18: A takeover which brought to light corporate interests within the media and after several employees of Network 18 had been laid off, first saw the founder of Network 18, Raghav Bahl leaving the network. Bahl was followed by many others including CNN IBN's Editor-in-Chief Rajdeep Sardesai, Sagarika Ghose, Nitin Waghle, Chief Executive Officer B Sai Kumar were few who resigned. Read- RIL takeover of Network 18: Why do the Indian media not discuss media ownership? The organization home to channels like CNN IBN, IBN 7 and IBN Lokmat was taken over by Reliance Industries Limited. P. Sainath and Praveen Swami quit The Hindu: After Siddharth Vardarajan and M.K. Venu were ousted quite unceremoniously from the newspaper in the last year, 2014 proved to be no less tumultuous at The Hindu. Swami was the Strategic Affairs Editor & Resident Editor from New Delhi while Sainath was the rural affairs editor for the daily. Since, Swami has joined The Indian Express as their national editor while Sainath has started a venture of his own. Read- The Hindu responds to allegations- Sainath and Praveen Swami did not fit into their roles The Times of India fiascos: The Times of India as did not have a particularly good year. The Deepika Padukone ‘cleavage’ controversy aside, the daily also managed to kill Sachin Tendulkar in print. Oh, and if snooping around Hrithik Roshan’s broken marriage wasn’t enough, there were also ‘hot babes with ugly legs’. And if all this wasn’t really enough, they invited Tejpal to the TOI Lit-fest, only for resultant outrage and an invite withdrawal later. Read- Why 2014 is not a good year for The Times of India Shekhar Gupta quits The Indian Express, India Today: After 19 years of heading the Express, Gupta decided to head back to where he once belonged. India Today and Aroon Purie then welcomed him back with open arms as the editor-in-chief of the weekly magazine. Two months later, the relationship reportedly soured and Gupta was the Editorial Advisor to the India Today group. Rajdeep Sardesai joins India Today Group as Consulting Editor In September, senior journalist and former Editor-in-Chief of CNN-IBN Rajdeep Sardesai joined the India Today Group as Consulting Editor. DD News sacks, transfers for strangest reasons in the world As this was being written, DD had another fiasco through the course of the day. Santa feeding monkeys in China was tweeted with the picture of a BJP top brass meeting. It will obviously not help their cause as didn’t the incident of a reporter bungling up at the International Film Festival of India in Goa or the tweet about Chetan Bhagat from the Hindi page, which didn’t impress the author as it questioned that very fact. TV 9 and ABN Andhra Jyothi blocked in Telangana The two Telugu channels have been illegally barred by cable networks in Telangana for almost six months now, after the Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and his party was angry over certain programmes telecast in the channel. In spite of Press Council of India and TRAI asking for the channels to be resumed, the illegal ban continues. Read- All you wanted to know about who owns the South Indian news channels you watch Tweet   Follow @thenewsminute

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