A flexible format
and absence of a script or time-consuming rehearsals have made
TV reality shows the stock-in-trade of production houses. Amar
Nath Wadehra and Randeep Wadehra
look at how
participants, especially children, are becoming victims of these
comparatively sedate, single-channel days with occasional
ripples in the pond-sized Indian mediascape, like introducing
colour television on the Delhi Asian Games eve, and adding a
channel for regional telecasts, which kept us enthralled.
Frankly, Doordarshan’s monopoly did not irk most of us since
we were blissfully unaware of the pleasures of channel surfing.