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October 9th, 2008 · 4 Comments

Last Saturday-Sunday, CNBC had a short segment on Netcore (and our MyToday mobile services) in their Enterprise Inc. program. They had done an extensive interview with me — about 45 minutes or so, with all sorts of questions. They had also shot around the office. The segment broadcast was barely five minutes, with my interview snippet-ed down to a minute or so. As I watched the segment, I thought what they could have done better, and sent an email the next day to the presenter who had interviewed. Here’s what I wrote:

I watched the show for the first time yesterday. A suggestion: you could give more in-depth coverage to cos. that are featured. Trying to cover 4 in 20 mins gives only superficial coverage. And for entrepreneurs watching, it doesn’t really give much insight (which I presume should be one of the objectives). You should probably cover no more than 2 cos. in each episode, and give greater coverage to each. This helps expain the business of the company and the roadmap going forward. Like in my case, you had a 40+ minute interview….there are no better learnings for entrepreneurs than to hear others talk, and that can be the USP of the program (rather than bringing in ‘external experts’). This way, people watching get an understanding of the space, the entrepreneur and the company — which should really be the focus for the program.

The same holds true for lots of what I watch on TV. I know that everyone feels that attention spam is dwindling and everyone if forever switching channels. But more than just filling up minutes, perhaps the focus needs to more on quality and making it a habit for those who watch it once for the knowledge the viewers get out of it.

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  • 1 tv » Blog Archive » On TV // Oct 9, 2008 at 9:49 am

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  • 2 ahumanbean // Oct 10, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    I saw the program, and was waiting to hear more from you during the course of the program…
    Yes, I, too, felt it was sketchy and not quite “catchy”. Frustrating. I personally like to listen ( listen, not hear) to people who have been truly successful, not sucessful w r t media , in their fields. Far more value for my time 🙂

    Two days ago, the Max Mueller Bhavan here conducted DW Punkt launch, panelled by well known media folk ( C K Meena, Ramachandran Guha, Nupur Basu, Indra …). I felt that while they acknowledged the push-media culture prevalent here, no solutions came up.

    As for me, I try to pull my *all* news and info to the extent possible on the Net. Blogs are great – I love http://krishashok.wordpress.com/ for the local content + TamBrahm angle 😀

    Then – I surf http://www.wordia.com and The Daily Mail ( The Daily Trash) for sheer timepass entertainment and the populist voice 🙂

  • 3 ahumanbean // Oct 10, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    ( I just re-read my comment: I mean that the CNBC TV program was sketchy! Not you!

  • 4 Shakeel Mahate // Oct 18, 2008 at 4:40 am

    Another suggestion for them would be to upload the longer interviews to YouTube or their website.

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