In a candid and insightful interview to Newslaundry, Paranjoy Guha Thakurtha talks about the many problems prevalent in media, including paid news and conflicts of interests vis-a-vis corporates. His regular columns are also as insightful.
In the interview (around 24:00:00), he talks about his work on a detailed report on paid news, commissioned by the Press Council of India (then chaired by G.N.Ray), which was later suppressed because of the publishers lobby voting against it! The report laid buried until an RTI query forced PCI to make it public. That report is here:
You can also watch current PCI chairman M.Katju’s interview, where he offers quite a convincing case of his pet theme – media excesses – and the need for more regulatory powers to PCI and Broadcasters Standards Association: