Guwahati: Following his West Bengal equivalent Mamata Banerjee, Assam CM Tarun Gogoi on Monday announced plans to begin a TV channel by his government that will present the ‘official’ side of stories.
Gogoi told to the reporters that he accused the electronic media of going hyper and not being unbiased in its reporting and said a government-owned channel will assist to bring balance.
He said that “We will start a government TV channel. While newspapers are more or less objective in their news reporting, the coverage given by TV channels is biased in many instances and I believe in freedom of speech, but we also have to give our views.”
The chief minister criticised local TV channels on their reports during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s one-day trip to Guwahati on April 20. The banned ULFA had called for a state-wide bandh in protest against Singh’s visit.
Gogoi said that “The channels created an impression as if Assam runs on the writ of ULFA commander-in-chief Paresh Baruah. What are the channels trying to prove by sending this kind of message?”
Gogoi also said that the state government will study all aspects before launching it. He said that the channel will cater to social issues, as well political news, and also give space to opposition groups.