Archive for August 3rd, 2011

How The Times of India entered Madurai

3 August 2011

When it launched its Madras edition three years ago, the 173-year-old Times of India did what its chief competitor, the 132-year-old Hindu wouldn’t be caught dead doing.

Which is, associate its masthead with a “mass” gaana songNaaka mukka—from a Tamil movie.

Now, to launch its Madurai edition, ToI goes one step (and several dappan kootu beats) further, even as its chief competitor hurtles from court to high court to supreme court, seeking answers for such a fundamental question as, who should run the newspaper: owner or outsider?

(For the musically inclined, the singer in the ToI video is Chinna Ponnu, who recently starred with Kailash Kher in the Indian version of Coke Studio)

Link via Shobha Sarada Viswanathan

Also read: Any number will do in game of numbers

Now, you can lick an “Indian Legend” for Rs 5

3 August 2011

From left, K.S. Sachidananda Murthy, Delhi resident editor, Malayala Manorama; P.J. Kurien, MP; Kapil Sibal, Union communications minister; Mammen Mathew, chief editor, Malayala Manorama; Manmohan Singh, prime minister; and Thangam Mammen at the release of the stamp in memory of the late Malayala Manorama chief editor, K.M. Mathew

No statue may be erected in memory of a critic, but a stamp can certainly be issued in memory of an editor.

K.M. Mathew, the chief editor of what was once India’s largest selling newspaper, Malayala Manorama, who passed away a year ago, has been described by the prime minister as an “Indian legend“.

And a five-rupee stamp and first-day cover have been released in his memory.

Also read: K.M. Mathew, chief editor, Malayala Manorama, no more

15 things you didn’t know about K.M. Mathew

What K.M. Mathew could teach today’s young tykes

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