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Calcutta’s Festival of the Spoken Word Explores the Blurred lines in Media

Calcutta Debating Circle

The Calcutta Debating Circle organized a three day debating event to debate on various relevant and topical issues. With media being one of the most prominent topics of discussion in this year’s debating circle, eminent speakers from India and all over the world took part in the opening day of the event. The first day’s topic of discussion was “media clutter has compromised credibility”.


The panelists who spoke on the first day of this event were Mr. Brendan Miller, BBC, UK, Mr, Javed Umair, Dawn, Pakistan, Ms. Jil Robinson, BBC, UK, Ms. Mehmal Sarfaz , SAFMA, Pakistan, Mr. Rob Hopkin, BBC, UK, Mr. Samuel Ward Packard, Ms. Paroma Chowdhury and others. The discussion was chaired by Sandip Chatterjee and Rudrangshu Mukherjee.

The twelve panelists from India, Pakistan, UK and USA shared their individual experiences of media clutter and highlighted the positive and negative aspects. They focused on aspects like why there is clutter, whether clutter is good or bad and other aspects like credible news, saleable news and paid news.


Some of the speakers highlighted on the fact that media clutter led to diversity and gave the audience more options for selecting their media. Contrary to this opinion, some speakers pointed out that quality is often compromised due to this fact.

The need for regulations in the digital media also came up for discussion. There was a need and plausibility of regulations for digital media was also highlighted by one of the eminent speakers on the dais.


The panelists later drew examples from across various media pertaining to the topic and allowed better understanding of the topic of discussion.

The second and third day of the debate will take place at The Calcutta Club and at The Heritage School and NUJS campus respectively.

Priyanka Dutta

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