UPDATE: The serial has restarted from August 7, 2010.
Last week the popular comedy serial Meri Bassai wasn’t shown in its Saturday’s regular broadcasted schedule. The viewers expecting to watch the movie were surprised when the serial didn’t showed up without notice. It was not only the viewers, the directors and the actors in the serial were equally surprised when the serial didn’t showed up.
Directors, Sitaram Kattel and Kedar Ghimire, told Kantipur representatives that they had prepared the episode and the tape was submitted for broadcasting but it wasn’t telecasted.
It was later known that the time slot that Media Hub, the distributer of the serial, had bought was expired and it was purchased by another organization, Syncro Media. In a bidding Syncro had paid more than Media Hub for the time-slot and hence Meri Bassai can no longer be broadcasted at that time.
While Media Hub is in the process of arranging the time slot for the serial some questions are raised on the transparency and procedure by which time is allocated for television serial:
- Who is to blame for these mistakes? Is it Media Hub, Nepal Television, or the Meri Bassai team?
- Why the Meri Bassai team was unaware of the time change? (Forget about the viewers!)
- Are time-slot bidding being done in closed door?
- Did Media Hub compensated the Meri Bassai team for the episode not shown last week.
Let’s hope the serial will be shown this week.