The recent exit of senior journalists Punya Prasun Bajpai and Milind Khandekar from ABP News has become a subject of controversy. There has been intense amount of speculation that the trio was compelled to resign over their reportage which was deemed to be critical of the Central Government. Now, social media is rife with the claim that Punya Prasun Bajpai is all set to join NDTV from August 15.

तैयार हो जाओ भक्तो 15 अगस्त से दोनों आ रहे है
8:00 – 9:00 पुण्य प्रसून बाजपाई
9:00 – 10:00 रविश कुमार

Posted by I Am With Ravish Kumar NDTV on Saturday, August 4, 2018

The above post is by the Facebook page I support Ravish Kumar NDTV which has over 450,000 followers. It was posted on August 4 and has been shared more than 7600 times since. Another page, Team Ravish Kumar too posted this information on August 4 which has been shared over 2700 times. According to these posts, Bajpai will be on air from 8-9 pm followed by Ravish Kumar who will host the 9 pm show on NDTV. Other pages which have shared it include I am with Barkha Dutt, Andh Bhakt Mukt Bharat, Delhi Government Viral News and a page called Masterstroke, named after the prime time show on ABP News which was hosted by Bajpai.

This information has been widely circulated on Twitter as well. Cumulatively, this piece of information has been shared thousands of times across various platforms by now.

NDTV issues clarification

NDTV has clarified that the said information is false. Speaking to Alt News, Suparna Singh, CEO of NDTV said, “NDTV has always fought for and stood with independent, unbiased journalism. We covered the ABP controversy extensively on our channels. Our league of top anchors remains unchanged without any new additions.

Misinformation spreads rapidly on social media, allowing little time for reflection or prudence. This is especially observed in cases where misinformation is likely to conform to an individual or group’s political, ideological or religious bias. In this case, pages and accounts critical of the Central Government and the BJP put out this misleading information and many social media users opposed to the ruling party shared it merrily.

Donate to Alt News!
Independent journalism that speaks truth to power and is free of corporate and political control is possible only when people contribute towards the same. Please consider donating in support of this endeavour to fight misinformation and disinformation.

Donate Now

To make an instant donation, click on the "Donate Now" button above. For information regarding donation via Bank Transfer/Cheque/DD, click here.
About the Author

Arjun Sidharth is a writer with Alt News. He has previously worked in the television news industry, where he managed news bulletins and breaking news scenarios, apart from scripting numerous prime time television stories. He has also been actively involved with various freelance projects. Sidharth has studied economics, political science, international relations and journalism. He has a keen interest in books, movies, music, sports, politics, foreign policy, history and economics. His hobbies include reading, watching movies and indoor gaming.