Television Ki Bhasha – THE HINDU

A book on the language used by Hindi television news channels, “Television ki Bhasha”, was launched recently at India Habitat Centre (IHC) in the Capital. Written by television journalist and writer Harish Chandra Burnwal, the book has been published by Radhakrishna Prakashan and was released by journalists Rajdeep Sardesai, Asutosh, Shravan Garg, Q.W. Naqvi and Ajit Anjum. Rajiv Shukla, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, was the chief guest.

“Writing a news script is not an easy task. Understanding the medium is very important for TV journalists. When I joined a news channel after passing out from journalism school, things were not that easy. What I learned during my course didn’t prove very helpful. My real understanding of the medium started to develop gradually under my seniors. I have been in this field the last eight years. This book is a product of my constant learning. Both media students and professionals will find this book very useful,” says Burnwal.

There are 27 chapters in the book. He says he referred to more than a hundred books and websites to write it. Burnwal says, “When I thought about writing this book I started to refer to various books and websites and consulted scholars and professors to make my book authentic.”

A wrong word can ruin the whole effect. Each chapter in the book comes with examples. There are chapters on how a journalist can play with words in a news script. There are other chapters on the influence of languages like Urdu and English on Hindi news channels.

He says, “There are around 140,000 words in the Hindi language. And 1,500 words are good enough for a TV journalist. But, journalists are not able to use just 1,500 words. Both new entrants and experienced journalists face this problem. And there are some words that are common to Hindi and other languages. Our writings reflect the richness and beauty of our culture when we use Urdu words. We should always try to keep the essence and meaning of a sentence while forming a sentence.”

He has dedicated two chapters to grammatical errors. These chapters speak about common grammatical mistakes, like use of gender and number. He says, “We study grammar at school level. But, there are some common mistakes that are made by journalists at the time of reporting and writing scripts. I’ve tried to throw some light on that.”

This book also helps to understand the nuances of TV journalism. Burnwal talks about the characteristics of a reporter and anchor. He says, “Both are different from each other. A reporter can take some liberty in the context of language. But, they must have great sense of news. While for anchors work is a planned thing. There is a whole team to support anchors.”

In the end, the book also contains the guidelines of the Press Council of India (PCI) and News Broadcasters Association (NBA). He says, “A wrong word can land you in trouble. Avoid use of such language which sensationalises an issue or creates negative impact.”

IRFAN AHMAD

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