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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Did BBC reporter kill himself after 'sexual harassment' from female colleague?

Russell Joslin back in 2004 Photo: NEWSTEAM
-The telegraph-By Andrew Hough:

Allegations that a BBC journalist killed himself after being sexually harassed and bullied at work are being investigated by police, it emerged today.

Detectives have launched an inquiry into claims that a senior female colleague harassed Russell Joslin, 50, before his suspected suicide this week.

Mr Joslin, whose father is a former chief constable, was considered popular reporter at BBC Coventry and Warwickshire, where he had worked since the mid-90s.

He died on Monday afternoon after he was admitted to a mental health hospital following a failed suicide bid two days earlier. He had been on long-term sick leave from his job but had recently returned to work.

His devastated family have accused Corporation bosses of failing to stop his death after they claimed he was harassed by an unnamed female colleague, who still works at the public broadcaster.

Warwickshire Police today confirmed they had been asked by the reporter’s 78 year-old father Peter, the former top officer who led the force for 44 years, to investigate allegations his son was sexually harassed and bullied by the woman.

A spokesman said: "We can confirm that Warwickshire Police is assisting the coroner in establishing the circumstances of Mr Joslin's death, including gathering information from the family which is normal practice in these matters.

"As such we are working with, and will be led by, the coroner who is responsible for conducting an inquest into the circumstances of Mr Joslin's death."

In a statement, his family added: "This is what Russell would have wanted. It is the first step towards justice for Russell."

Friends and family have previously claimed Mr Joslin had been left a “shadow of his former self” after feeling that bosses failed to act on his complaints about the senior woman colleague.

Today it also emerged that the journalist, who lived in a flat next door to his parents' home in Kenilworth, Warks., received a text message apparently sent in error from a BBC chief days before his death.

The text, from BBC West Midlands' head of programmes Cath Hearne, said: "However, do not contact him until he gets back to me. This is massively sensitive."

It comes a few days after alleged answer phone messages from the female colleague were said to have disclosed how she branded him "flaky" and a "loser" after they rowed during a meal out together in 2007.

His family today called for an independent inquiry into whether the corporation's management properly responded to his complaints about the alleged sexual harassment.

A BBC spokesman declined to comment on specific details but said the public broadcaster was “committed to working constructively with the family to ensure that their concerns are vigorously addressed”.

She added: “What we can say is that we are undertaking an investigation overseen by an external professional to establish the facts about how any complaints made by Russell were reported and how the BBC acted on them.

“We will also co-operate fully with the coroner's inquest which is charged with determining the cause of Russell’s death and will consider its findings carefully.”

It is believed that the female colleague, who cannot be named for legal reasons, denies a complaint was ever made.

An inquest into his death disclosed that he died of "asphyxiation". His funeral is due to take place tomorrow in Kenilworth.

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Another Somali Journalist Killed, 18th This Year

Somali journalists demonstrate in Mogadishu against an article
carried out by the Guardian newspaper, in which a writer alleged
Somali reporters were corrupt and that many of them were killed
for their involvement in graft. (AFP)
-ABCnews:
MOGADISHU, Somalia : Journalists in Somalia's capital say gunmen have targeted and killed another media worker, bringing the number of Somali journalists killed this year to 18.Warsame Shire Awale, who worked at a Mogadishu radio station, was shot dead by two men near his home late Monday. Sharmarke Abukar Amin, a colleague who confirmed the death, said journalists in Somalia are being killed only because of their professional identity.

Awale, a veteran poet and playwright, was known for composing dramas and songs for bands and radio stations.The National Union of Somali Journalists said Awale had been receiving threats because of comments he made on air about gunmen targeting civilians. The union said Awale was killed Monday night.No arrests have been made in any of the 18 media killings this year.
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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Journalist arrested after releasing account data


-Khaleejtimes:
A Greek journalist was arrested on Sunday after publishing names from a list of Greeks with Swiss bank accounts.The said journalist is scheduled to be taken to the public prosecutor.

Police said journalist Kostas Vaxevanis had published a names from the controversial list of HSBC account holders, which was originally leaked by an HSBC employee and then passed to Greece in 2010 by France’s then-finance minister Christine Lagarde.

The mystery-shrouded list has become a subject of intense discussion in Greece in recent months, as Greek officials have claimed the original list has gone missing even as some citizens have clamoured for the government to use it to crack down on potential tax cheats.

Vaxevanis reportedly published more than 2,000 names from the list in his Hot Doc magazine, but not the account balances associated with them.

Police did not officially announce the charge against him, but local media reported he had been arrested for breach of privacy.

Greek social media had been buzzing with comments after the police announced in a statement late Saturday that “upon the order of the Athens public prosecutor’s office” an investigation to locate and arrest Vaxevanis was under way.

“Instead of arresting thieves and ministers breaking the law they want to arrest the truth,” Vaxevanis commented on his Twitter account late on Saturday.

The first recipient of the data, Greece’s then-finance minister George Papaconstantinou, told parliament on Wednesday that he did not know what had happened to the original version of the so-called “Lagarde list”.

On Wednesday, current Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras said he had asked France to re-send the list.

Greek officials have long maintained that the information was illegally obtained and cannot be used in the battle against tax evasion. Deputy Finance Minister George Mavraganis recently called the list “industrial espionage”.

But mounting anger against a new round of harsh austerity cuts imposed on Greece by its international creditors has put pressure on the government to look for the list and use it to crack down on potential tax dodgers.
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Picture shows Turkish journalist in Syria alive


-Gulfnews:
Ankara: A Turkish relief agency trying to secure the release of a Turkish journalist captured by government troops in Syria has obtained a photograph showing him in apparent good health.
Cuneyt Unal, who works for the US-funded Al Hurra television channel, went missing with Jordanian colleague Bashar Fahmi shortly after crossing into Syria from Turkey on August 20.

Unal appeared in an interview with a Syrian pro-government television channel several days later, in which he described his capture by Syrian soldiers in the city of Aleppo, but there has been no news of him since.

IHH, a Turkish Islamic humanitarian agency, posted a picture of Unal on its website late on Saturday. It said the photograph was obtained by one of its delegations currently in Damascus trying to secure the release of detained civilians.

The picture, which has a date stamp of October 24, shows Unal unshaven and thinner Unal but in apparent good health, and bruising under his eyes seen in the August video has now gone.
The IHH delegation, which has been in Damascus for the past week, did not appear to have seen Unal themselves but were allowed to visit civilians, including women and children, inside one prison, according to a statement on the group’s website.

IHH said it was still trying to confirm the status of Unal’s colleague Fahmi, who was reportedly wounded in Syria and has not been seen or heard from since the men went missing. A Japanese journalist who entered Syria with the two men was later killed in Aleppo by pro-Al Assad militiamen.
IHH, better known as the owner of the Mavi Marmara aid ship to Gaza which was intercepted by Israeli commandos in 2010 with the deaths of nine people aboard, helped negotiate the release of two Turkish journalists from Syria earlier this year.

Some 20 journalists have been killed in Syria since the uprising against President Bashar Al Assad began in March 2011.Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders said Ukrainian journalist Ankhar Kochneva was abducted on October 9, apparently by a rebel faction. American freelance journalist Austin Tice has been missing since August 13.
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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

UP Khadi Board vice-chairman Natwar Goel sacked for assaulting photo-journalist

UP Khadi Board vice-chairman Natwar Goel
sacked for assaulting journalist
-Expressindia:
Lucknow- Natvar Goyal, vice-chairman of Uttar Pradesh Khadi and Village Industries Board, was removed and expelled from the Samajwadi Party after he allegedly assaulted a photo-journalist on Tuesday. The photographer was reportedly taking pictures of an under-construction commercial complex being built by Goyal’s firm in Qaiser Bagh police station area.
Goyal, his manager Ravi Singh, and associate Ali were booked for assault and robbery on the complaint of photographer Ashutosh Gupta, who works for a Hindi daily.

The newspaper had earlier published a story alleging that the complex was being built after moving a government-aided school without the permission of the district’s basic education officer. Gupta said he had gone to take a picture of the complex, being built by Balaji Constructions, for a follow-up story when Goyal, Singh, Ali and some other persons caught him, dragged him inside their office, and assaulted him. Gupta claimed they snatched his gold chain and damaged his camera. The photographer added that when he called up a colleague, Harjinder Singh, for help, he too was assaulted.


Lucknow SSP R K Chaturvedi said the police have lodged an FIR on Gupta’s complaint and were questioning Goyal. According to a late night report, Goyal was arrested. He was then admitted to Balrampur hospital after he complained of chest pain.


Goyal denied Gupta’s allegations, saying that he was not at the construction site when the photographer reached there. He claimed that the trouble began when Gupta clicked a photo of his friend’s daughter, and the girl objected. Goyal said he asked the photographer to delete the picture, but Gupta refused, called up his friends, and alleged that he had been assaulted.

Earlier this month, Minister of State for Revenue Vinod Kumar Singh alias Pandit Singh was removed after he allegedly barged into the house of Gonda Chief Medical Officer at night and threatened him to change the list of doctors for contractual appointments under NRHM.
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Samajwadi Party minister assaults media persons

-Thetimesofindia:
LUCKNOW: Ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Natwar Lal Goel, also chairperson of the Uttar Pradesh Khadi Gram Udyog, having status of minister of state, on Tuesday allegedly assaulted two photo journalists of Hindi dailies, Ashutosh Gupta and Harjindar Singh, for taking photographs of the alleged unauthorized construction being carried out by the minister on a disputed and encroached land in the Kaiserbagh area of the state capital. 

The police, which was initially reluctant to take action, lodged an FIR and took Goel and his manager Ravi Singh into custody when journalists staged a demonstration. The journalists also lodged a protest with chief minister's office. Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, who is in Delhi for some party work, is expected to arrive in the night. The journalists said that they will meet the chief minister and would ask him to sack the minister. 

Ashutosh Gupta claimed that he was assaulted by the minister and his manager when he was taking photographs. They also attacked Harjindar Singh when he tried to intervene. The two photo journalists called up other media persons and police. The police rushed to the spot but took action. However, as the number of media persons swelled, the police took the minister and his manager under heavy security to the Kaiserbagh police station. The minister, however, has denied all allegations and alleged that the photo journalists misbehaved with him. 

This is not the first time that any SP minister is in the news for the wrong reasons. Recently, minister of state for revenue and rehabilitation Vinod Kumar Singh was forced to resign after he was accused of kidnapping and threatening chief medical officer of Gonda for not recruiting candidates recommended by him. Earlier, three ministers Aridaman Singh, Mehboob Ali and Ambika Chaudhary have been accused of murder, attempt to murder and bulldozing houses of poor respectively. Of 46 ministers in Akhilesh cabinet, 27 have criminal cases against them in police records.
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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Govt decides to fill 1,150 posts in All India Radio and Doordarshan

-Indianexpress:
New Delhi: In good news for Prasar Bharati, the government has approved filling up of 1,150 vacant posts in the programming and technical departments of Doordarshan and All India Radio. There has been no recruitment in the Prasar Bharati for the last 15 years, resulting in a severe staff shortage that has crippled its functioning.

According to Prasar Bharati, a total of 14,222 posts out of the total sanctioned staff strength of 48,022 have been lying vacant. A proposal by the Prasar Bharati to set up a separate recruitment board for itself has been under inter-ministerial consultation for the last two years. Sources said the proposal is in the final stage of clearance and a green signal can be expected anytime.

Last year, the GoM examining various issues related to functioning of Prasar Bharati looked into the staff shortage and recommended that 3,452 essential category posts should be filled up immediately. A majority of these posts belong to Group B & C category. Prasar Bharati said vacancies in Group B & C categories would be filled up by the Staff Selection Commission while the remaining would be filled up by the Prasar Bharati Recruitment Board. “The recruitment process is expected to be over by middle of next year,” a Prasar Bharati statement said.

The recruitment is for 1,150 assistant station directors, assistant directors, engineering assistants, programme executives, transmission executives, technicians, camera persons, production assistants and administrative staff. Official figures show that 8,469 posts at AIR and 5,753 posts with Doordarshan have been lying vacant.

“This is the first major infusion of new blood into Doordarshan and All India Radio after a period of 15 long years,” Prasar Bharati CEO Jawhar Sircar said. “These were critical and essential posts, which had lapsed and needed to be revived. A number of our stations were without engineers and programming staff, which had affected their operations,” Brig. (Retd) V A M Hussain, Member (Personnel), Prasar Bharati said.
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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Now Bloomberg TV raises issues against TAM


-Exchange4media:
NDTV’s lawsuit against Television Audience Measurement (TAM) created furor in the media industry. Now English business channel Bloomberg TV India too has raised issues by highlighting the disproportionate measuring system and inadequate sample size for measurement of ratings.
“There is a stark issue with the TAM data which says that twelve people, in a large city such as Mumbai, are the entire sample size for the English business news genre. Similarly, there are low numbers for all other niche channels such as English entertainment, infotainment, etc.” said Sriram Kilambi, President, Bloomberg TV India.
“There is a huge discrepancy between what the channel (Bloomberg TV India) seems to be delivering and the rating it is getting. When we dug deep and did a research using TAM’s own data and tools for about 23 weeks, we found these nine people in the Capital and 12 in Mumbai. Their current processes work very well for GECs but not for niche channels such as ours,” said Kilambi, explaining that the numbers TAM is setting out for niche categories are incorrect and are extrapolated to the industry. Hence, it should stop rating the English business news channel genre.
Kilambi and his team have also come up with a set of recommendations highlighting that TAM should revamp its reporting processes and practices for niche channels. He mentioned that the current processes are resulting in loss of reputation and advertising revenues for Bloomberg TV India.
It may be recalled that on close heels of NDTV lawsuit, Prasar Bharati too had raised an alarm about taking legal action against TAM for suppression of statistics related to viewership for Doordarshan and its associated channels. Though Bloomberg TV has not indicated any imminent court play, the representing authorities of the channel have said that ‘it is an option in case these recommendations are not taken seriously’.
Bloomberg TV India has been in talks with TAM for about 23 weeks as it claims. However, they haven’t got any substantial explanation for these figures that they have acquired from TAM’s Viewergraphic data. “Though TAM has been very forthcoming in our interactions, we have been ticked off by inaction,” elucidated Kilambi.
Bloomberg officials further explained more about Viewergraphics. He said it is a software provided by TAM wherein one can identify TV viewing pattern time band-wise and channel-wise at an individual sample respondent level for each TAM market. The target group can also be split by various demographic parameters such as age, gender, socio-economic classification as well as the mode of receiving TV in their homes (terrestrial, analog cable, digital cable).

The table below denotes the data for a particular week in Mumbai and Delhi, which shows that in week 13 of 2012, overall 13 people in the target group of Males 25+ SEC A with digital connection in the TAM sample watched any English business news channel, this sample size of 13 people is then extrapolated to about 60 thousand people watching these channels in Mumbai and likewise in Delhi.
 
Source: TAM India Viewergraphics, Weeks: 13 to 35, 2012, Time: 2:00-25:59, All Days, TG: Digital Male 25 Years+ SEC A
A release by Bloomberg TV also says that TAM data shows that Mumbai and Delhi account for 62 per cent English business news viewership of eight metros in the digital Male 25+ SEC A, a key TG for advertisers.
Bloomberg TV India’s recommendations to TAM:
• Stop reporting the viewership numbers of the English business news genre till the time the anomaly is corrected and the sample size is increased.
 Broadcasters/industry body should be allowed to conduct random checks at the sampling homes.
• As DAS takes centre stage, there should be adequate sampling within the add-on packs to ensure that the current discrimination against the niche channels is addressed.
 Alternatively, TAM should find a solution for the niche channels by designing a separate process/mechanism of reporting viewership for niche channels.
Post digitisation, there are expectations that even the ratings mechanism will be effected. However, Kilmabi said that if the sample size doesn’t change, nothing will change. “Ratings are a function of sample size. Pre-digitisation and post digitization, we are just asking for a robust sample for channels like ours. There are a lot of statistical tools available to the experts. They can boost the sample size,” he stressed.

When contacted TAM, a spokesperson from the agency said, “As a policy, we do not correspond with or respond to our clients via the media.”
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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Facebook Reaches 1 Billion Monthly Active Users


-Medianama:
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced yesterday that Facebook has crossed one billion monthly active users, up from 955 million monthly active users as of June 2012. Zuckerberg said that this milestone was reached on September 14 at 12.45pm Pacific Time (1.15 am India Standard time on September 15).
While Zuckerberg didn’t reveal any breakdown of the users across geographies, Facebook had previously stated that India has 59 million monthly active users as of June 30, 2012.
Along with this announcement, Facebook also released (pdf) a fact sheet which offered some interesting statistics about the company. The company claims to have 600 million monthly active mobile users, up from 543 million monthly active mobile users in June 2012. It also claims to have generated over 1.13 trillion likes since February 2009, seen 140.3 billion friend connections and uploaded 219 billion photos (excluding deleted photos), as of September 10, 2012. The company noted that if the deleted photos are included, then the number goes up to an estimated 265 billion photos.
In addition, Facebook also claims to have seen 17 billion location-tagged posts (including check-ins) since the product launch in August 2010 till September 2012 and 62.6 million songs have been played 22 billion times since the launch of music-playing apps on Facebook in September 2011 till September 2012.
The company stated that the top five countries for the social network in alphabetical order are – Brazil, India, Indonesia, Mexico and the United States and the average age of a Facebook user is about 22.
Fake profiles?: While Facebook didn’t reveal how many of its one billion accounts are fake, it had previously noted in a 10-Q filing with the SEC that around 8.7% (around 83 million) of its 955 million users are fake, of which 4.8% (around 46 million) are duplicate accounts, 2.4% are user-misclassified accounts i.e. users have created profiles for businesses and non-human entities like animals instead of creating pages and 1.5% are undesirable accounts, which has been created for spamming and other purposes which violate Facebook’s terms of services.
The company had also noted that the number of fake accounts is significantly higher in developing nations like Indonesia and Turkey and lesser in developed nations like the United States and Australia. A few days back, Facebook had stated that it had started deleting fake profiles.
Previous milestones: Facebook noted that it had reached 25 million users in January 2006, going up to 50 million users in October 2007, 100 million users in August 2008, 200 million users in April 2009, 300 million in September 2009, 400 million in February 2010, 500 million users in July 2010. At the time of filing the IPO, the company had 845 million users, of which India accounted for 46 million users.
Facebook also revealed that a Facebook user had an average 598 friends in January 2006, going down to 321 friends in October 2007, 334 friends in August 2008 and 305 friends in July 2010.
Brand Campaign: On this occasion, Facebook also announced a new global brand campaign targeting Facebook users in 13 countries including Brazil, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Philippines, Russia, Spain, UK, and the United States. The company noted that the ad will be translated into 12 different languages.
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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

How casteist is our varsity?

Caste discrimination takes on insidious forms in higher education institutions across the country, according to a report
-Thehindu:
When 35 medical students — all Scheduled Caste candidates — failed en masse in the same subject — Physiology — they cried foul. Delhi’s Vardhman Mahavir Medical College, where they were studying, turned a deaf ear to their grievances, according to a recently-released report by Rajya Sabha MP Bhalchandra Mungekar, who was appointed commissioner of enquiry by the National Commission for Scheduled Castes to probe the two-year-old matter.
The damning report unequivocally concluded that the college, affiliated to Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi, practised caste discrimination.
“For the first time, a report has named the names. I have recommended four names for suspension and the invoking of the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act,” Mr. Mungekar told The Hindu over the phone.
He said that in the rarefied, erudite spaces of higher learning, caste-discrimination is covert. You see no killing or rape. No beatings or burning of houses. What you see are student suicides, failures, degrees delayed for years on end. He cited the case of a PhD student at an IIT who was not given his degree for nine years as he was vocal about Dalit issues.
The suicide of Anil Meena from a Rajasthan village, who was the second topper in the Scheduled Tribe category at the all-India medical entrance test, is well-known.
Discrimination in higher education is a “very serious” issue, Mr. Mungekar said. “It stems from the strong bias that SCs and STs are getting easy admission devoid of merit and just because of reservation. As higher and technical education gets privatised, the General category students feel that the reserved seats are an encroachment on their privileges. There is a conflict of privileges. In institutions like the IITs, SC/ST students are looked at and treated differently. Forget about extra cooperation, institutions don’t even give normal cooperation. SC/ST students are from a different background. Many come from rural areas and are first generation learners. The arrogance in urban areas kills their confidence.”
Questioning the notion of merit, often bandied about in bastions of higher education, Anoop Kumar of the Delhi-based Insight Foundation pointed to the sheer inability of varsities to handle student diversity. Speaking at a recent seminar at Mumbai’s Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), he gave an instance of the suicide of an adivasi student from the Lambada community, studying in IIT Kanpur. He had failed in all the subjects.
“How can an institution not be able to deal with a situation where a student is failing in all the subjects? That means there is a crisis. A student is failing, not attending class and nobody is bothered. There have been around nine suicides at IIT Kanpur in the past four years – seven SC/ST and two General students. The administration’s response has been that the student was not able to deal with the rigour of academics. In a tragedy too, institutions talk of ‘merit.’ This is a perverted claim of merit.”
The system, he felt, was “brutal” not just to Dalit students alone, but to all students. There was, therefore, a need to challenge the idea of merit itself. “The claim of merit depends on the difference of some six percentage points. Places like the IITs are where the upper castes derive their claims of merit.”
A reserved category student from an elite institute told The Hindu, “There is no caste based discrimination (in my institute) as of now. But as a backward category student, you are expected to work harder. If you don’t then professors look down upon you. In the friend circle, once you have been labelled a ‘lukkha’ (loafer), people exploit you. Not because of caste, but because of your behaviour and caste plays a huge role in behaviour. People from the backward class usually have low self esteem, partly because of inferiority in caste and partly because of inferiority in rank (or) merit.”
He also felt that ‘bias’ was a poor word to define the experiences of Dalit students in higher education. A student is unable to fight institutionalised hostility and indifference.
TISS researcher Suryakant Waghmare said discrimination in higher education was “invisible, polite, but absolute.” There was a need to “study caste where there is no caste and the normality of violence.” In urban areas, mutated forms of caste atrocities or discrimination have not even been identified.
Mr. Kumar recalled how a Delhi court, hearing complaints of Dalit students had declared on day one that caste did not exist in urban India. The paper, ‘Spaces of Discrimination – Residential Segregation in Indian Cities’ by Trina Vithayathil and Gayatri Singh (Economic and Political Weekly), easily dispels such a notion. The study found “high levels of residential segregation by caste in India’s seven largest metro cities.”
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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

IRS 2012: Dainik Jagran continues to top, TOI number one English daily


Dainik Jagran was followed by Dainik Bhaskar, Hindustan, Malayala Manorama and Amar Ujala in that order.
-livemint:
MumbaiDainik Jagran continued to top the list in the Indian Readership Survey (IRS) for the second quarter that was released on Monday by the Media Research Users Council (MRUC) as several publications showed a loss in numbers, reflecting the climate of economic uncertainty.
The top paper’s average issue readership (AIR), however, grew to 16,429,000 in the quarter from 16,412,000.
“We did expect growth in readership as we have been working towards increasing circulation in a focused manner,” said Shailesh Gupta, editor and chief executive ofDainik Jagran.
The rest of the top five publications was unchanged from the last quarter. Dainik Jagran was followed byDainik BhaskarHindustanMalayala Manorama (Malayalam) and Amar Ujala in that order, all in Hindi except for the fourth.
Hindustan, published by Hindustan Media Ventures Ltd (HMVL), witnessed a rise in AIR to 12,205,000 from 12,157,000. HMVL is a unit of HT Media Ltd, which publishes Mint and Hindustan Times. The other publications in the top five showed marginal declines.
English dailies also showed no change in ranking from last time, with the The Times of India followed byHindustan TimesThe HinduThe Telegraph and Deccan Chronicle in that order. The readership of the top four English dailies declined. “In the English-language space, one does expect a further decline as consumption patterns are evolving… with readers choosing to access information through new media platforms of publications,” said Ashish Pherwani, partner at audit and consulting firm Ernst and Young.
Hindustan Times maintained its lead in Delhi and the National Capital Region.
The ranking of the country’s business dailies also remained the same—The Economic Times followed byMintBusiness Standard and The Hindu Business Line. All dropped readership. Mint continued to hold on to its No. 2 position, although AIR dropped to 235,000 from 246,000. The Economic Times had an AIR of 789,000, Business Standard 153,000 and The Hindu Business Line 130,000.
The regional language dailies also saw no change in ranking—the top five were Malayala Manorama(Malayalam), Lokmat (Marathi), Daily Thanthi (Tamil), Mathrubhumi (Malayalam) and Eenadu (Telugu).
“It is clear that the growth is in the Hindi and regional language space for publications,” said Pherwani of Ernst and Young. “However, the pricing of the product is of importance. India is still not ready for a high-subscription-driven scenario when it comes to newspapers/magazines.”
The country’s top magazines were Vanitha (Malayalam), Pratiyogita Darpan (Hindi), Samanya Gyan Darpan (Hindi), India Today (English) and Saras Salil (Hindi).
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