The corporatisation of newsrooms puts the journalists under pressure and even the best in the profession feel like quitting at times, reveals the journos in Kerala as they responded to the suicide attempt of a woman journalist based in Thiruvanathapuram. The woman who stays with her husband in Thiruvanathapuram was reportedly serving her notice period and on the last day she left for home with a troubled mind.
The woman, who was working as a news producer with News 18 Kerala, tried to kill herself on Wednesday night after her talk with Rajeev Devaraj who heads the channel in Kerala failed. News 18 Kerala is a one-year-old Malayalam news channel owned by Reliance Industries’ Network 18. It is informed from sources that the woman was going through severe stress after she was forced to quit the job at News 18 Kerala following an appraisal review. Around 20 employees have lost job in the appraisal drive by the channel.
Colleagues and friends of the victim said that the woman was self-made and hardworking. Hailing from a Dalit as well as economically-backward family, she has reportedly overcome her circumstances to build up her career in journalism which is often a tough task not only for women but to all. Women journos in the State have taken the issue seriously and have voiced their concern regarding job security and fake appraisals. It is alleged that the team led by Rajeev Devaraj at News 18 Kerala adopts a hostile attitude to the employees, especially the women staff who they find not fit in their group.