Tag Archives: ToI

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…

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…

‘Talking’ ads in The Hindu and The Times of India

Two leading Indian newspapers—The Hindu and The Times of India—have notched up a global first of sorts by carrying a “talking advertisement” two days in a row. The pathbreaking ad, which first featured in the Madras edition of yesterday’s Hindu, now finds space in today’s ToI in its Bangalore, Bombay, Poona and Delhi markets. ***…

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…

Chinese hackers break into The Times of India

*** On Monday, Canadian and American computer security researchers announced they had unconvered a Chinese cyber espionage gang that broke into classified documents of the Indian defence ministry, Indian embassies, and Indian corporate houses like Tatas and DLF. From some reports (here, here, here) it appears as if they also hacked into the systems of…

You have read the column, now read the paper

The Times of India has a new weekly newspaper on the stands, and it’s called The Speaking Tree. The eight-page broadsheet, encompassing “higher… and contemporary new age spirituality” is an extension of the eponymous column on the edit page of the paper. Priced at one rupee and edited by Narayani Ganesh, The Speaking Tree marks…

Amitabh Bachchan versus the Mumbai Mirror

Amitabh Bachchan, who only eight months ago confessed he wanted to be a journalist in his next life, continues to have problems with those practising the craft in their current life. Four months ago, the BBC’s star of the millennium” was in a tug-of-war with Abhijit Mazumder of MiD-DaY. Earlier this week, he had problems…

ToI group editor in flap over honorary doctorate

*** Bennett, Coleman bossman Samir Jain, it is said, doesn’t like his editors becoming the news instead of quietly packaging it in the newsroom. A test of that famous kink comes in Bangalore, where the helmsman of The Times of India group’s Kannada daily has been hogging the headlines for all the wrong reasons. On…

The book, the event, the review, the excerpt

Sentinel House, the book  on the newspaper business by the Bangalore journalist Allen J. Mendonca, who passed away suddenly in late September, is being posthumously published by Raintree, the media company Allen co-founded with his wife, Sandhya. The book, priced at Rs 225, will be released by Arundhati Nag at the Ranga Shankara in Bangalore…

Has DNA got rid of a ‘pesky’ film reviewer?

The film critic turned film maker Khalid Mohamed throws light on some unsavoury developments involving a member of his fraternity in the Bombay newspaper, DNA: “On Wednesday afternoon, critic Udita Jhunjhunwala (in picture), was missing from the press screening of Himesh Reshammiya’s Radio. She did not go to the next day’s show of Paa either.…

How come Mario Garcia didn’t redesign this one?

Vijaya Karnataka, the largest selling Kannada newspaper owned by The Times of India group and edited by Visweshwar Bhat, has undergone a redesign. Above is the front page of the first edition of the relaunched issue; below is yesterday’s front page. This is the second revamp of the paper after ToI acquired the Bangalore-based paper…

A lofty title takes the high road at premium price

The Times of India has officially announced the name of its new, “premium”, weekend paper launching on Saturday, September 26. It is called “The Crest Edition” and will have 40 pages. An announcement on the front page of the paper today says that like its “lofty title”, the Crest Edition will take the high road…

A package deal that’s well worth a second look

The Times of India may have made many sterling contributions to Indian journalism in the first 150 years of its existence, but its chief claim to fame in the last 21 years has been to blur the distinction between editorial and advertisement to the extent of rendering the former irrelevant to journalism. The Times is,…

TOI food critic still missing in Taj terror attack

Sabina Sehgal Saikia, the resident food critic of India’s largest selling English newspaper The Times of India, is still missing, 48 hours after the hostage crisis began at The Taj Mahal hotel in Bombay. Delhi-based Sabina was in Bombay for the wedding reception of fellow Times editor Bachi Karkaria‘s son on Wednesday. She returned to…

Before the newspaper war, the hoarding war

Bangalore is the blazing new battle ground for English language newspapers. With The Times of India having displaced market leader Deccan Herald some years ago, every new entrant views the No. 2 slot to capture a slice of the City’s Rs 700 crore advertising pie. Deccan Chronicle, which launched towards the end of May 2008,…

‘ToI more known for marketing than journalism’

In a very candid interview with B. Judy Franko of Exchange4Media, N. Murali, the managing director of The Hindu, talks of the Madras market, post the entry of The Times of India: # On rumours that The Hindu is talking to Fairfax of Australia for a possible minority stake sale: “The reports are baseless.” #…

Forget the news, you can’t believe the ads either

The selling of the news columns in Indian newspapers, a pernicious practice that deliberately blurs the distinction between independently generated news and paid advertisements, has assumed pandemic proportions with language publications unabashedly apeing the market-leader The Times of India, which pioneered the move. But, it now turns out that even paid advertisements are no longer…