Monthly Archives: April 2011

Another boilerplate redesign from Mario Garcia

Hindustan, the Hindi newspaper owned by the Hindustan Times group, has undergone a redesign in its 75th year. On top is the relaunch edition with the new design by Mario Garcia; below is yesterday’s front page, with an anchor story heralding the new design. Hindustan Times had been redesigned by the same designer in July…

‘Indian media eclipses America’s and Europe’s’

It is one thing to scoop the cables of American diplomats obtained by WikiLeaks, and it is quite another to project WikiLeaks’ maverick founder, Julian Assange, not merely as the facilitator of the cable-leaks but as the fount of all wisdom contained in them. But The Hindu has managed to do both inside 30 days.…

ARUN SHOURIE: The three lessons of failure

Bouncing back from failure isn’t easy, but some people do, as an Economic Times on Sunday cover story shows this week. The former journalist and Union minister, Arun Shourie: WHEN I FAILED: “I am the only editor to be dismissed not once but twice from The Indian Express.  The first time, Indira Gandhi, put such…

‘No one can destroy Ramnath Goenka’s Express’

In which, Prabhu Chawla, the new editorial director of the South-based The New Indian Express, tackles readers’ queries on the media and the launch of The Sunday Standard from Delhi, with trademark frankness. Vol I. No.IV. *** Q: How much did Jayalalitha and her associates pay to get paid news published in your daily? Not…

Moneybag MP says he didn’t turn off FW tap

For more than two months now, media tongues have wagged merrily as to why Financial World, the new business daily from the Tehelka stable, didn’t see the light of day. With established players like Economic Times and Business Standard ramping up their offerings, did the publishers see the writing on the wall? Did the promoters…

We, the Peepli Live: 42 OB vans at Jantar Mantar

There were 42 outside broadcasting (OB) vans of various TV stations at Jantar Mantar, the venue of the campaign against corruption launched by Anna Hazare, in New Delhi yesterday. Headlines Today, the news channel owned by the India Today group, had even set up a walk-in studio. Photograph: Pritam Sengupta

Could Wikileaks strike some Indian journalists?

The leaked cables of American diplomats in India, published by The Hindu in conjunction with Wikileaks, has exposed a “brazenly mendacious and venal ruling class”. But are some Indian journalists likely to be get exposed too? Pankaj Mishra writes in The Guardian, London: “There are many more dramatic revelations in store from WikiLeaks and The…

‘A heritage title’ returns to the capital of India

The Sunday Standard, the new weekend paper from the Madras-based New Indian Express group, has been launched from Delhi. The 16-page paper with a 16-page magazine section, lists former India Today names Prabhu Chawla as editorial director and the writer-cartoonist Ravi Shankar as executive editor. The paper is priced at Rs 4. The launch issue…

Prabhu Chawla: My greatest feat, and failure

A fresh selection of media questions from readers to the editorial director of The New Indian Express group, Prabhu Chawla, and answered with trademark candour. Vol 1. No III. *** Q: Why did you quit India Today group? I am asking this question because I am a big fan of your show Sidhi Baat. A:…

The 25-paise mag where R.K. Laxman began

R.K. Laxman may have made his name after a lifetime at The Times of India, but it was for a small Kannada humour monthly called Koravanji that the Mysore-born cartoonist drew his first works. The magazine had been inspired by the British satirical magazine Punch. The first issue saw the light of day, today, 70…

Front pages from the morning after the big night

BELLUR RAMAKRISHNA forwards a collage of today’s newspaper from heralding India’s magnificent triumph in the 2011 cricket World Cup (click on the image for a larger view). You can see an assemblage of English, Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil and Kannada newspapers, and the odd Sri Lankan paper. If nearly 60% of the country is below…

What the prime minister told Raghav Bahl

India’s tiger population is up 16%, but the number of paper tigers on the India Today power list of 2011 is down 20% from last year.  From a high of ten in 2006, the number of media barons on the annual ranking stands at five. Samir Jain and Vineet Jain of The Times of India…

Masthead is no longer as sacred as it used to be

The self-proclaimed “masthead of the nation”, The Times of India, has allowed marketers to play around with its masthead once again. This time, for the German automaker Volkswagen. Besides the “blue” in the masthead, all the headlines in the March 31 issue of “The Blue Times of India” were in blue. Although the same campaign…