Daily Archives: 15 May 2012

Sugata Raju is new editor of ‘Vijaya Karnataka’

Vijaya Karnataka, the Kannada daily from The Times of India group, has a new editor: Sugata Srinivasaraju, the former associate editor, south, of Outlook* magazine. He takes over from Vasant Nadiger who was officiating as editor following the sudden death of E. Raghavan in March.

Raghavan had taken over VK from the paper’s longstanding editor Vishweshwar Bhat, who has since moved to Kannada Prabha, the Kannada daily owned by the mobile phone baron turned parliamentarian, Rajeev Chandrasekhar.

ToI bought Vijaya Karnataka in 2006 from the truck operator Vijay Sankeshwar, who launched a new title called Vijaya Vani following the end of the five-year no-compete clause with Bennett Coleman & Co Ltd. Vijaya Karnataka also faces growing competition from former market leader Praja Vani (from the Deccan Herald group).

* Disclosures apply

Photograph: courtesy Outlook

Also read: Ex-TOI, ET editor E. Raghavan passes away

Is Vijaya Karnataka ready for a Dalit editor?


How a Hindi newspaper editor became an MP

An item in the gossip diary in The Telegraph, Calcutta:

Vivek Gupta, the editor of Sanmarg—the Hindi daily that made the cut in Mamata Banerjee‘s evaluation of newspapers that can find a place in Bengal’s libraries—had always dream of visiting the Parliament.

When he took charge of Sanmarg, Gupta informed the Trinamul Congress’s Sudip Bandopadhyay of his wish. Bandopadhyay, the story goes, asked him to come to Delhi and made the necessary arrangements so that Gupta could sit in the visitors’ gallery.

In the evening, he took a flight back to Calcutta, but even bfore he had emerged from the airport, his life had changed—he had been made a Rajya Sabha MP by Didi.

Now that is what we call a fairy tale.

Interesting, if true.

Also read: How journalist Rajeev Shukla became a minister