AJE gave 3.2 times more space than CNNI in online coverage of Nepal. In other words, CNNI gave 31.21 percent of AJE's online coverage. In average AJE gave 4.47 times more time and space than CNNI. Or, CNNI gave only 22.34 percent of AJE's total coverage - online and broadcast.
Case I: Signing of the peace accord
CNNI covered the event with priority. Immediately after Nepal's Maoists came to the talks, CNNI's Delhi bureau Chief Satinder Bindra visited Nepal and did a couple of stories on the issue. Two months before the signing of the CPA, CNNI carried two stories which tried to dig beneath the reasons of the Maoist uprising in Nepal. It also profiled Pushpa Kamal Dahal, the head of the Maoist Party.
Another major event in the transition process included the formation on April 2, 2007 of a 8-party coalition government, which included the Maoists.
The Constituent Assembly elections were held on April 10, 2008. This event was covered at length by both the channels. In fact, both channels gave more coverage to this event than any other events during Nepal's tradition process within the study period.
AJE carried four reports, an interview and dedicated a 30 min episode of "101 East" and two episodes of one of its flagship programs "People & Power" on Nepal elections. Rather than running just stories, it also interviewed leaders, including Prachanda, and some experts. Compared to CNNI's 12-minutes, it gave more than one hour for the coverage of elections in Nepal. It consistently followed the election related events in Nepal. AJE's online coverage was also more extensive than that of CNNI.
On May 29, 2009, the first meeting of Nepal's CA abolished the country's centuries old monarchy. Both channels covered the event. CNNI sent the crews to Nepal only in the wake of the decision. The event itself was covered (based on agency reports) as a short mention on CNN Student News on May 30.
August 15, 2008, four months after the CA elections, Maoists began to lead the coalition government. The rise of Maoist to power did not seem newsworthy to CNNI; it did not carry any story on the issue, except for a follow-up in its online version.
Kshetri found that AJE' coverage was overall positive toward Maoists than CNNI's coverage. CNNI mainly focused in political developments, but AJE also looked at different aspects of developments in Nepal including the class issues, minorities and women.
AJE also covered the stories about the protests by Tibetan refugees, however, only in the regular news broadcast. It cautiously chose not to show any affinities between the Maoists in Nepal and the Chinese government or its Tibet policies.