Daily Archives: 17 February 2011

A new editor for Udayavani. New editions next?

Udayavani, the Kannada daily published by the Pais of Manipal, has a new editor from today: Ravi Hegde.

Hegde, former editor of the Rajeev Chandrasekhar-owned 24×7 Kannada news channel Suvarna News, joins the paper published from Bangalore, Mangalore and Bombay at a time of great churning in the Kannada media. He has been designed group editor, and there is a front-page, column one announcement in today’s edition.

The former Vijaya Karnataka editor Vishweshwar Bhat joined Kannada Prabha as editor-in-chief ten days ago. Ravi Hegde was executive editor of Kannada Prabha, before leaving to join the Suvarna stable.

The Kannada daily market is dominated by Vijaya Karnataka, owned by The Times of India group, and Praja Vani, belonging to the Deccan Herald group. The two are followed by Samyukta Karnataka and Kannada Prabha.

The Pais of Manipal—pioneers in banking and education—intend giving the 5th placed, 42-year-old Udayavani (average issue readership 8.9 lakh, IRS Q3, 2010) a push with the new editor and new editions.

Sudhakar Babu, till recently marketing head of Vijaya Karnataka, has joined the Manipal Group as director marketing in a move replete with possibilities.

Image: courtesy Udayavani, photograph via Facebook


How well is the PM’s media advisor advising him?

Of all the reasons being trotted out for prime minister Manmohan Singh‘s declining equity, his media management skills rank somewhere near the very top. Despite a full-fledged media advisor in his entourage, the bush telegraph is that Manmohan has been poorly served by Harish Khare, the former deputy editor of The Hindu.

Although Manmohan Singh has addressed the Indian media more often in the last nine months than he ever did under four years of his previous advisor Sanjaya Baru (currently editor of Business Standard), Khare is variously seen to be stern, selective, stentorian, staccato.

In other words, just too straight-forward when the job profile demands greater “adjustment” and malleability.

A one-on-one interview with the resident of 7, Race Course Road, is out of the pale of probability, of course. But even background briefings offering an inside view of what’s happening are rare and spinning a story to show the administration in good light is almost non-existent in the former opinion writer’s thesaurus.

In fact, the one story that probably prompted the scam-tarred PM to call the TV “editors” and anchors to come to his residence—the S-band scam which puts the prime minister’s office in the spotlight—was published in Khare’s previous place of work: The Hindu.

At yesterday’s pow-wow, when Arnab Goswami cleared his throat to ask a supplementary question, Khare admonished him on live TV. “Mr Goswami, this is not an interrogation of the prime minister,” Khare reminded the Times Now editor-in-chief.

Result: easy meat. First for reporters and then for cartoonists.

Cartoon: courtesy R. Prasad/ Mail Today

Also read: Because when dog bites dog, it’s news—I

Because when dog bites dog, it’s news—II

Never believe anything until it’s officially denied