Monthly Archives: February 2013

Fabindia, The Times of India and Trishla Jain

Trishla Jain, the artist-daughter of Times of India bossman Samir Jain, has teamed up with the ethnic store Fabindia for “a limited-edition collection of furniture, furnishings, giftware, ceramics, inspired by the young painter’s art”, and TOI and the group‘s business paper, Economic Times, are leaving no stone unturned to let the world know. On Monday,…

9 lessons a ‘terror-suspect’ journo learnt in jail

Deccan Herald journalist Muthi-ur-Rahman Siddiqui has walked out of the central jail in Bangalore a free man, six months after being named by the city’s police in an alleged Lashkar-e-Toiba plot to target two Kannada journalists and the publisher of the newspaper they were earlier employed in. Siddiqui had been accused of being the “mastermind”…

The poll straws, they are a-blowin’ in DD News

To predict the meteorological weather, you have Mausam Bhavan. To predict the political weather, you have Doordarshan. Before every general election, the government happily dips into the pockets of taxpayers and pumps in crores of rupees to revamp the supposedly “autonomous” broadcast behemoth. And so it is in the year of the lord, 2013. Under…

How Business World got its fortnightly look

Business World is out in a new avatar with a new periodicity. In the first issue of the relaunched magazine, Fortune India art director Nilanjan Das and deputy art director Sanjay Piplani explain how they came up with the new design for the ABP group’s original business magazine. The Grid: We live in an integrated…

Indian journalist ‘applies’ to be the next Pope

In the latest issue of Open magazine, its editor Manu Joseph sends in an application to be the 112th Pope, now that the 111th has put in his papers. To The Roman Curia, The Holy See, Rome Reverends, In the aftermath of the sudden resignation of Pope Benedict XVI due to his advanced age and…

The Afzal Guru front page Kashmiris didn’t see

The front-page of the English daily newspaper, Kashmir Reader, on February 10, the day after the Parliament attack convict, Afzal Guru, was suddenly hanged in Delhi. This newspaper, like all others in the valley didn’t see the light of day because of a “gag” on the media, which the State’s chief minister Omar Abdullah denies…

Express journo who broke Agusta Westland scam

After chasing the Agusta Westland scam for several months, the Indian Express has an explosive story on its front page today, that points fingers at the former air chief marshal, S.P. Tyagi. The paper’s defence correspondent Manu Pubby¬†explains all in this YouTube, even as the scion of the Express group, Anant Goenka, posts his kudos.…

‘Businessworld’ to go fortnightly from weekly

What goes around, comes around. Fourteen years after it went weekly, India’s second oldest business magazine, Businessworld¬†from the Anand Bazaar Patrika group, is reverting to a fortnightly. In a note to readers in the last issue of its weekly avatar, editor Prosenjit Datta explains why: In 1999, when we had turned weekly, there was a…

RSS chief Bhagwat ‘notice’ to news TV channels

PRITAM SENGUPTA writes from New Delhi: The prickly republic has been pricked again. Rajiv Tuli, a “citizen of Bharat” residing in west Delhi and a follower of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), has sent off a “notice” to eight national TV news channels for broadcasting “potentially defamatory content” on the RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat earlier…

What an NYT writer learnt by reading an IT issue

Tyler Cowen, a New York Times contributor, has pored through the 37th anniversary issue of India Today*, and writes about what he learned by reading “every last word” published by the magazine. “The most striking feature of a late December issue of India Today is its aspirational tone and near-relentless gloss and promotional fervor. An…

How corporate ownership shapes TV news?

Virendra Kapoor, former editor of the Free Press Journal, in his column in M.J. Akbar‘s Sunday Guardian: Money speaks The growing intrusion of corporate money into the media is beginning to show in myriad ways. For instance, ever since a big industrial group made a huge investment in a multi-channel television group, its news channel…

‘Journalists are longest, unauthorised squatters’

The Pioneer and the Hindustan Times on the legal news of the day that may not necessarily have spread cheer among newsroom squatters. Also read: ‘Media houses are sitting on plots leased at Re 1’ Bangalore journos named in site allotment scam A town shuts down to protest media corruption! Should media corruption come under…