Tag Archives: The Times Group

The Times of India ‘apology’ for fixing report

The Times of India has said mea culpa to a story published on its website, suggesting that there was more to the February 21World Cup match between Australia and Zimbabwe. In the match played at Ahmedabad, the Aussies scored 0-5 off their first two overs and were 0-28 after 11 overs. Australia eventually made 262…

In the sushi bowl, even a tsunami feels good

One of the biggest earthquakes ever, registering 8.9 on the Richter scale. A tsunami wave that has killed thousands, left hundreds homeless, and destroyed billions worth of assets. And a nuclear disaster that is just waiting to erupt. But guess how Bangaloreans are being reassured that all is well in the bubble they inhabit? That,…

Chaos, golmaal, jugaad… all in a day’s work

The television commercial for The Times of India‘s 2011 campaign theme, “A day in the life of India“. The contest, inviting readers to send in photos, videos, cartoons, and jokes and anecdotes, also saw ToI advertise on the pages of rival Hindustan Times. . The last date for entries is March 15. 2010: ToI, Jang,…

It’s never too late to get yourself a code of ethics

India’s biggest business paper, The Economic Times, has gifted its print and television staffers a golden jubilee gift: a short and succinct 447-word code of ethics. It clearly defines, among other things, the “Chinese Wall” between “church and state”: “Our reporting and analysis is entirely independent of our advertising and investment departments (Response / Sales…

In its golden jubilee year, ET gets a new design

Quietly, almost as if it doesn’t want anybody to notice, India’s oldest and largest business paper,The Economic Times, has undergone a redesign. On top is the front page of the launch issue of the paper in its new avatar (Monday, 14 February 2011) and below is the paper from exactly a week before. The pagination…

Have Tatas blacklisted The Times of India again?

Tata Steel, the flagship company of corporate behemoth Tata Sons, is going in for a follow-on public offer (FPO). This display advertisement appeared in the Delhi editions of the Hindustan Times and Mint, Indian Express and Financial Express, The Hindu and Business Standard, on Friday, 14 January 2011, but not in the Delhi editions of India’s…

‘ET Wealth’ skirts ethical rekha from issue one

After bundling The Speaking Tree with The Times of India, the country’s biggest newspaper group has unveiled a new product that comes bundled with The Economic Times:  ET Wealth. The 48-page personal finance newspaper, in a Berliner format a la Bombay Mirror, is issued with ET on Mondays. It will be supplied free in the…

Vishweshwar Bhat quits Vijaya Karnataka

Vishweshwar Bhat, the popular yet controversial editor of Vijaya Karnataka, the mass-circulation Kannada daily owned by The Times of India group, has resigned. Bhat’s decision was announced to his staff this afternoon after a meeting with ToI chief executive officer Ravi Dhariwal and chief marketing officer Rahul Kansal who had flown down to Bangalore. Bhat…

India’s important businessman meets Obama

There were at least 200 guests—ministers, bureaucrats, businessmen, media mavens, et al—at Indian president Pratibha Patil‘s banquet for her visiting American counterpart, Barack H. Obama. Among the tycoons present were Mukesh Ambani and Ratan Tata, and Rahul Bajaj and Sunil Mittal. But two Delhi newspapers, The Indian Express (top) and The Times of India, agree…

Don’t forget, the ads are of use to you, too

VINUTHA MALLYA forwards an item spotted in the ‘Ahmedabad Talking’ section of Ahmedabad Mirror dated 1 November 2010: *** There are only ads. Where’s the news?  “Lately, I have noticed that there plenty of advertisements in Mirror, but hardly any news. The paper has become quite boring. Please do something. ” — Dvip Patel, by email RESPONSE…

Ayodhya headline gets Times of India in a jam

India’s “liberal” English media, the pet hate of the RSS-BJP-VHP for its “pseudo-secular” way of looking at its actions and transgressions, has once again become the favourite target of “pseudo-nationalists” emboldened by the Allahabad high court judgement in the Ayodhya title dispute. On the evening of the judgement, the BJP’s Ravi Shankar Prasad, a counsel…

The Times of India and the Commonwealth Games

PRITAM SENGUPTA writes from Delhi: The year of the lord 2010 has seen the The Times of India in uber-aggressive mode. The nation’s largest English daily that rarely ever wants to “afflict the comfortable” despite its size, reach, reputation, resources and influence, has pulled out all stops in exposing the murky IPL dealings of Lalit…

107 headlines from ToI on Commonwealth Games

Pride of the nation? No, shame of the nation. The following is a list of the 107 “negative” headlines on the Commonwealth Games that have greeted readers of The Times of India (Delhi market) from August 1 to September 2, 2010: •    Now, two top cyclists fall victim to dengue •    Dengue threat right at…

Discreet inquiries after the publication showed…

A front-page mea culpa in The Times of India, Bangalore, to the vice-president of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), K. Govindraj. Govindraj had hit the headlines in June 2006 when he was reported as having allegedly molested a masseuse at the Commonwealth games in Melbourne. Image: courtesy The Times of India Read the original report…

‘Vijaya Next’ editor Deepak Thimaya resigns?

PRITAM SENGUPTA in New Delhi and PALINI R. SWAMY in Bangalore write: Vijaya Next, the weekly Kannada newspaper launched by The Times of India group for the “upwardly mobile Kannadiga population”, is said to be looking for a new editor, just three weeks after the paper hit the stands. Sources at Times House on Bahadur…

Quick, what does shloka 17/15 of the Gita say?

The Times of India‘s weekend supplement on contemporary and new-age spirituality, The Speaking Tree, a pet-project of bosswoman Indu Jain, is inviting applications for the post of assistant editor. Qualifications: MA or PhD in comparative religion or theology. Also read: You’ve read the column, now read the paper When a newspaper recites Bhagwad Gita to…

‘Vijaya Next’ gives ToI Crest a Kannada avatar

PALINI R. SWAMY writes from Bangalore: The Times of India group has unveiled its latest product in Bangalore: Vijaya Next, a broadsheet, all-colour, Kannada weekly for the “upwardly mobile Kannadiga population“. The 24-page Friday offering, priced at Rs 6, is a customised version of the Crest edition of The Times of India, complete with shades…

Times school of journalism seeking applications

The Times of India‘s school of journalism is inviting applications from graduates under 27 years of age for its business journalism course. The last date to apply is June 10. Visit the website: Times School of Journalism Also read: India’s ten best communications schools Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach?

Sailing with the doves, supping with the hawks?

Kanchan Gupta, associate editor of The Pioneer and a part of Atal Bihari Vajpayee‘s PMO, kicks where it hurts most in the matter of the tainted Pakistani TV journalist, Hamid Mir. The Geo TV anchor, who has interviewed Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden thrice, now stands accused in the court of public opinion of…