Monthly Archives: February 2011

Vishweshwar Bhat, new editor of Kannada Prabha

Vishweshwar Bhat, the former editor of the mass-circulation Vijaya Karnataka belonging to The Times of India group, has joined the State’s fourth largest paper, Kannada Prabha, as editor-in-chief, in a move that is likely to shake up the Kannada newspaper market in more ways than one. Bhat was introduced to the editorial staff and management…

‘Why Barkha Dutt needn’t return her Padma Sri’

Anurag Batra, editor-in-chief of the exchange4media group, in the industry journal, Impact: “Prabhu Chawla was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2003. What’s fascinating is that between 2006 and 2009, six journalists were awarded the Padma Sri: Sucheta Dalal, Mrinal Pande, Vinod Dua, Rajdeep Sardesai, Barkha Dutt and Abhay Chhajlani, and one Padma Bhushan, Shekhar Gupta…

‘2G scam bribe was diverted to a TV channel’

As the effluent starts wafting towards the exhaust fan, journalists and media houses are sliding deeper down into the the 2G spectrum allocation scam that has already claimed a politician and two bureaucrats. A day after the arrest of the disgraced former telecom minister, A. Raja, The Times of India reports that the enforcement director…

A pre-Google ‘Bomb Mama’ of nuclear prolificity

The passing away of K. Subrahmanyam, the bureaucrat turned strategic affairs expert and journalist, at the age of 82 after a valiant battle with cancer, has provoked a flurry of warm tributes in newspapers. The former Economic Times editor Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar, who brought “Subbu” into ET, recalls Subrahmanyam’s prolificity: “Many journalists have trouble…

Times Now. Times Now. Times Now. Times Now.

The reason more people eat hen’s eggs, rather than duck’s eggs which are arguably tastier, is that the poor, overworked hen not only lays the egg but also goes around proclaiming that it has laid one. Arnab Goswami has clearly read the old advertising principle. After the disgraced former telecom minister A. Raja was arrested…

Time to drop the “A” from DNA’s masthead?

For two decades and more, Samir Jain and his managers have sought to dilute the editorial page of The Times of India, ostensibly under the belief that no one reads them but actually to show the ivory-tower editors their place. But even ToI realises the imperative for an opinion page offering exclusive views when news…