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India elections: The politicians controlling the news

28 April 2014 Last updated at 07:57 BST

For some of India's politicians, paying - quite legally - for favourable coverage in newspapers and on television, is not enough. They want to own the news bulletins themselves.

It is a trend started by regional parties that is now spreading across India.

The BBC's Shilpa Kannan reports from the city of Chennai, South India.

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