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Indian TV news biased: poll

Respondents to poll say television news coverage biased, tends to sensationalize relatively less important issues

New Delhi: A majority of the respondents to an InstaVaani poll said they think television news coverage is biased and tends to sensationalize relatively less important issues.

Of the 480 respondents polled across major metropolitan cities, 72% (345) said they watched news on television. And 69% of the 345 (240) watched national news channels.

Seventy-one per cent said they think news coverage is biased. And 80% of the respondents said less important issues get sensationalized.

The poll was conducted in the backdrop of criticism from some quarters that Indian media tends to be biased towards some political parties, insensitive and shallow in reporting some issues, and inaccurate in the information it publishes.

There has also been a perception that coverage of religious issues tends to be sensationalized.

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