New Delhi: Hindi News channel IBN7 ,which did an image makeover recently, on Saturday insulted its correspondent Rajesh Verma by calling him as ‘ IBN7 Stringer’ . Verma was killed while covering the Mujaffarnagar incident for the news channel on Saturday .
The channel was so insensitive that not only its anchor ( female) but the graphics which were continuously on screen, also conveyed to its viewers that it is not the journalist but a ‘stringer’ who was killed.
Interestingly enough country’s leading media houses like The Hindustan Times and India Today addressed Rajesh Verma as IBN7 journalist.
Stringers , Indian television in particular, are not only the most exploited journalists but also most neglected and ignored .
The news channel when want their stories forget that they are stringers. But when the demand for identity cards or the channel logos ( mike ID) comes, they are told that it is only meant for ‘staff correspondents’ . They ( stringers) work without any identity and even money for months together .
In fact the stringers are running Indian news channels in real sense . They break stories and produce excellent content . The so called staff correspondents with identity cards or mike IDs just to the peace to the cameras ( PTC) .
IBN7 and its parent company TV18 Broadcast had laid 300 employees recently. There were rumours that its editor Ashutosh was also asked to go .