Who's this Viswa Sadasivan fella? To find out more, check out his bio-data over at the Singapore Angle.
Feb 26, 2006
Media 'too timid' in election coverage: Panellist
THE way the mainstream media covers elections came under fire yesterday at a forum on politics at the National University of Singapore (NUS).
Mr Viswa Sadasivan, chairman of TV production company The Right Angle Group, suggested that journalists today are more timid than they need be.
'There is so much room to manoeuvre. I don't think we need to be looking over our shoulders all the time. The media needs to play less safe,' he said.
Mr Viswa, a former current affairs producer with the then-Singapore Broadcasting Corporation (SBC), took to task today's journalists and editors.
Unlike their predecessors, he said, they fail to push the envelope. He contrasted this to his own efforts when he was in charge of elections coverage at SBC in the 1980s. He pushed for and saw through the broadcast of a debate between the People's Action Party and opposition party leaders, he said.
Mr Viswa, whose company's clients include government agencies, also chairs the Feedback Unit's political development group and sits on the Media Development Board.
Of today's journalists, he said: 'The media does not have enough strong leadership, enough people willing to take a stand.'
'The media could do with a lot more guts,' he added.
He also accused the press of not giving the opposition fair coverage.
He said that, in reporting on the Workers' Party manifesto, they had focused on the Government's labelling of four of its proposals as 'time bombs'. He claimed that many points in the manifesto were not captured in media reports, a point that Nominated MP Geh Min later agreed with.
26 February 2006
Election Coverage & Mainstream Media
Posted by Gilbert Koh aka Mr Wang at Sunday, February 26, 2006