According to a study, the BJP’s poster boy has surpassed the likes of both, Kejriwal and Rahul, with more than 33 percent coverage on national TV channels during prime time in March and April.
The study, done by CMS Media Lab after detailed content analysis on five national television news channels, shows that the Gujarat Chief Minister received 2,575 minutes or 33.21 percent of time given from March 1 to April 30 of poll coverage. CMS studied Aaj Tak, ABP News, Zee News, NDTV 24x7 and CNN IBN channels.
Former Delhi Chief Minister Kejriwal secured second spot with 799 minutes or 10.31 percent. This marks a turnaround because the AAP chief had beat Modi and others in the period March 1 to 15.
The Gandhi family scion is third with 336 minutes (4.33 percent), closely followed by his sister and Congress star campaigner Priyanka Gandhi who got 171 minutes (2.20 percent) of the coverage in March and April.
In the Gandhi family, Priyanka has emerged as the winner, beating both, her brother Rahul and mother and Congress president Sonia Gandhi. Moreover, Priyanka is the most covered woman politician in the top 10 list. She has beaten Sonia (156 minutes) and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee (90 minutes).
Incumbent Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who was the centre of attention for a period due to a controversial book written by his former media advisor Sanjaya Baru, secured 6th spot with 143 minutes, followed by Samjawadi Party's Mulayam Singh (142 minutes), BJP's Amit Shah (107 minutes) and MNS chief Raj Thackeray (102 minutes).
"This analysis reminds once again (as in 2009) that coverage of 2014 poll is all about personalities. Despite extensive coverage, there was no qualitative shift in the priorities of coverage. Corruption, Election Commission and opinion polls, in that order, received more coverage among issues next to development and governance related issues," said CMS Media Lab.

Party wise, BJP is far ahead of its competitors. The saffron party grabbed the first position with 1,507 minutes -- about 1.5 times more than distant second, Congress (1,101 minutes). In terms of percentage, BJP secured 38 per cent of primetime coverage while Congress got 27.75 percent.

AAP acquired third position with 742 minutes (18.70 percent), followed by SP with 176 minutes (4.44 percent), Shiv Sena with 72 minutes (1.82 percent) and BSP with 57 minutes (1.44 percent). MNS, CPI(M), TMC and JD(U) were among the top 10 parties.
Personalities and parties are the major focus of the 2014 election coverage in TV news channels, indicates the CMS Media Lab study. Taken together, they accounted for more than half of (57 percent) of the total election coverage during this period.
Satire or comedy programmes figured on the third position in the top-ten club. Corruption was at fourth, followed by Election Commission, opinion polls/exit polls, public policy, governance, development and local/regional issues.


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