Archive for February 27th, 2007

Sudha, Mayura editorship in legal tangle

27 February 2007

PALINI R. SWAMY writes from Bangalore: The last word in the battle for editorial power between the “Kumars at No. 75″ has not been heard. Yet.

K.N. Shanth Kumar may have been dislodged overnight as editor of Deccan Herald, Praja Vani, Sudha and Mayura by his elder brothers K.N. Hari Kumar and K.N. Tilak Kumar through an internal circular. But the Company Law Board (CLB) is learnt to have ruled that KNS should continue as editor of the weekly and monthly magazines in The Printers (Mysore) Limited stable for the moment.

Result: next week’s issue of Sudha, which comes out in two days’ time, will—or has to—carry the name of Shanth Kumar as editor although the putsch, without the consent of the TPML board, was aimed at removing him from the helm of all four publications in the group.

The Karnataka High Court has already admitted a writ petition filed by KNS questioning the manner in which the change of guard was effected at DH-PV arrived at. The case comes up for hearing on Thursday, March 1.

But the CLB, while refusing to intervene in the case of DH-PV, since the High Court is already hearing the matter, is said to have ruled, ex-parte, that KNS shall continue to head the other two publications.

Meanwhile, journalist Kuldip Nayar, who sits on the TPML board as an independent director, has been reportedly shown the door, after he was quoted as questioning the manner in which KNS was removed in a Business Standard story.

Nayar, a long-time friend of the K.N. Netkalappa family who does a column in Deccan Herald and Prajavani, has reportedly been told by the new bosses that his journalistic output will no longer be required.

Cross-posted on churumuri

Media outsourcing is cheap. But is it good?

27 February 2007

The Press Association of Britain runs a media outsourcing outfit in collaboration with BFL-mPhasis in Mangalore, where fresh journalism graduates and designers churn out television pages and race cards, among other things, for papers back home.

Now, the San Francisco Chronicle has had an advertising supplement outsourced from New Delhi. Mindworks Global Media—MGM if you don’t get it—put the supplement together for the Chronicle. Freelancers penned the articles.

Read the full article here: I left my (New Delhi freelancer)  in San Francisco

Related link: Centralising and outsourcing are synonymous for ‘You’re fired’

‘Mother, do you think they’ll break my balls?’

27 February 2007

NISHANT RATNAKAR forwards the diary of Business Standard journalist Rajesh Kurup who is called to a cop station in Bombay to divulge his sources on a couple of queries he had raised in a story on a telecom company. Although written in half-jest, the diary shows how little things the perception of journalists has changed, despite the information explosion.

“I was given the impression I was supposed to help the Law, now I’m being given the impression I’m on the wrong side of the law. The inspector plays his trump card—I’m going to call a press conference and announce that you are one of the accused in this case� It doesn’t seem he will, but if he does”

Read the full story here: Prisoner of my conscience

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