Metro Now, the joint venture newspaper of Hindustan Times and Times of India, is going to be a weekly paper. The daily newspaper, which had started publication in early 2006 had a life of just over 2-1/2 years.
The paper was borne out by the fears of HT and TOI groups. They had sensed that India Today was all set to launch a paper and DNAs Delhi-launch may further erode their circulation and revenue.
It was in this backdrop that the groups had come together and the daily tabloid paper was born. But two years down the line, the paper is being turned into a weekly.
And India Today's evening (afternoon) paper Mail Today has already become a success in Delhi.
HT's business daily Mint has published a report that informs us about 'possible jobless' and the casual statement of Sidhant Khosla about the steps needed to make the paper more 'efficient' (and in process lose some staff).
The HT-TOI experiment seems over now. One wonders whether the plans to run a weekly would materialise or it's just a way of winding up things. The only consolation is that it did have a longer life than the Mumbai tabloid 'Yuva' which had closed down recently.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
How news channels love to invent stories and then create hysteria is not a new thing in Indian media. Hours are wasted over the ongoing controversy surrounding late Sunil Dutt's son and daughter.
Even NDTV India, a comparatively sobre channel gave unusual airtime to it. Specially, it took cudgels on behalf of Congress MP Priya Dutt. Firstly, Sanjay Dutt is an adult and it his prerogative to fight election on the ticket of any party.
When his sister Priya objected and criticised the step, it became news. However, Sanjay Dutt must have felt infuriated and he suggested that she had no reason to poke her nose in their matters.
His indication that the Dutt surname belonged to the couple, is now blown out of proprotions and the channel appears ganging up against him and trying to unite women to speak against Dutt for his male chauvinism.
Of course, it is the inaliebale right of any man or woman to to retain their earlier surname after marriage or even discard it. The problem is that it is basically Priya's dislike for Manyata, which is quite evident, and is at the root of the problem.
When Sanjay married Manyata, his sisters didn't accept the marriage. It was his choice to marry her. Now she is playing an important role in Sanjay's life, which Priya seems unable to digest. The troube is that Priya and his sister Namrata appear biased against Manyata because she was a 'mere item girl' and not a star.
Why this 'class bias' is not being talked about? The daughters of Dutt household aren't comfortable with a girl who isn't as 'sophisticated or stylish' and feel that they have to cut a sorry figure because their brother went a step down to marry Manayata.
Isn't this insulting for Indian women? NDTV that is quite vocal on 'surname' controversy, should first focus on this issue. After all, why Priya doesn't approve of Manyata, and treat her as daughter-in-law of Sunil Dutt's household.
Is a person approved just because of his/her social status? These double standards also need to be exposed.