Topic: Ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions
8) Ranganath Bharadwaj is working for a TV news channel as its senior editor. Earlier he worked as journalist for a newspaper and later he joins another TV news channel as news anchor. He was given an opportunity as news anchor after much pleading with its boss. Due to his unique style, he becomes popular and he becomes instrumental in increasing TRP of the news channel. Due to rise in his popularity, he starts demanding huge remuneration – which is denied by his boss. Hence he moves to rival new channel where he is now its senior editor and hosts a prime time debate program which has very high TRP. The news channel is known for its series of sting operations targeting politicians, celebrities and businessmen and then holding a debate on these sting operations where the victims of sting operation are prosecuted and persecuted by a panel headed by Ranganath. Some of the ‘victims’ were asked to pay huge amount of bribe to stop airing these videos of sting operations and debates. One day Ranganath receives a call by his previous boss. Ranganath is told that they have footage of Ranganath harassing, threatening and receiving bribe from a celebrity actress and they would air the program unless he resigns and joins back their channel as news anchor again. The airing of this footage is certain to end Ranganath’s career.
a) In this situation, what Ranganath should do? Evaluate merits and demerits of his options.
b) Examine the ethical issues involved in this case and comment on them.
c) Do you think Ranganath deserves punishment in the form of airing of footage where he is involved in criminal activity? Justify.