Punya Prasoon Bajpayee, a veteran Indian television journalist and recipient of the Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism (Express group) has quit Samay ( previously Sahara Samay), a national Hindi news channel promoted by Sahara India Mass Communication.
Punya Prasoon Bajpayee reportedly quit the channel following a controversy with the management on a railway budget programme which was not edited properly and was aired twice.
The railway budget programme which was aired on Februar 27 and 28 respectively contained an unwanted conversation between railway minister , Lalu Prasad Yadev and Punya Prasoon Bajpayee which irked the management.
According to the viewers, at the end of programme Lalu Prasad Yadev asked Bajpayee as to what made him to join the channel. Punya Prasoon Bajpayee said he wanted to improve the channel which prompted Lalu to shot back another question ‘will it improve’. The conversation was not edited and was aired twice.
‘This time Punya Prasoon Bajpayee is subject to a big controversy as Lalu Prasad Yadev is known for his satirical behaviour. Whatever was exchanged between the duo should have been deleted for goodness’ a New Delhi based senior journalist said.
A person who is heading a national news channel cannot be expected to scan every tape and programme . The producer of the programe is also equally responsible for the content. The telecast of controversial conversation itself speaks volumes for the conspiracy and carelessness.
Those who deserted Samay alongwith Punya Prasoon Bajpayee include senior Executive Producer N K Singh , Sanjay Bragta and Nazim Naqvi (Executive Producers), Alok Kumar, Head of Special Investigations, Piyush Pandey, Head-Output , Pankaj Srivastava, Head-Features , and Ajay Kumar.
Attempts to speak to the management of Samay news channel did not bear fruit . Punya Prasun Bajpayee just said: ‘ The issue has been blown out of proportion and I felt humiliated when I was not allowed to enter the studios’.
While the HR team at Samay , according to sources is busy looking for new mentors,Punya Prasoon Bajpayee and his team members are also hunting for new assignments.