Issue No.26
1 June 2006
 
· IDG's PC World to debut in July
· Financial Express launches second edition in Gujarat
· Raj Express launches Indore edition
· Mid-Day Bangalore edition to be launched within a month
· 'Hamara Mahanagar' to launch Urdu paper
· Marvel Designs add 'Wellness' to their portfolio
· Source Publishers forays into the beauty sphere with 'New Age Salon' .
More...
 
   
 Indian Newspaper Society (INS) airs grievances to Prime Minister
 
A delegation of 25 members of the Executive Committee of the Indian Newspaper Society called on Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh at his residence to air its grievances. More...
 
   
 The Hindu, Eenadu, Daily Hindi Milap, Siasat Daily in new ad alliance
 
Four of South India's dailies have formed an advertising alliance, "New CHARminar" in the city of Hyderabad in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The Charminar is a prestigious monument of the city and the 'char' means the digit four in several Indian languages.  More...
 
   
 Glimpses of consolidation: BCCL in race to buy out VPL
 
In what could be an action towards consolidation in the Indian print publishing marketplace, Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd, the largest print publishing house in the country, is seeking to acquire Vijayanand Printers Limited (VPL). More...
 
   
 Business India is The Economist's new partner for ad sales
 
Business India has now become the local ad sales partner for The Economist in India. More...
 
   
 DNA commissions E&Y to certify circulation
 
In what could be a one more disillusionment with the processes and conditions of certification by Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC), Diligent Media Ltd got the circulation of its Mumbai daily newspaper Daily News & Analysis (DNA) audited by Ernst & Young. More...
 
 

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 Marie Claire launched in India, amidst a galore of other print launches
   
 

The magazine's associate publisher Suresh Selvaraj said that the unique concept of the magazine, which is blended with features on fashion and beauty, a strong editorial bank and successful local associations are some of the key factors that have led to the success of Marie Claire as a brand internationally.

Fashion and beauty will form an intrinsic part of the magazine, besides there will be features on various issues. It has an initial print run of 60,000 copies.
Other Launches:

· IDG's PC World to debut in July
IDG (International Data Group) has announced that its flagship brand, PC World, will debut in India this July. This would be IDG's third title in India, through its subsidiary IDG India.

· Financial Express launches second edition in Gujarat
Financial Express, which is the only pink daily with a vernacular edition from Gujarat - FE Gujarati -, has launched its second edition in the state, this time in English, from Ahmedabad. This is the tenth edition from the Financial Express stable.

· Raj Express launches Indore edition
Raj Express made its debut in Indore in May. With the launch of the Indore edition, the total paid copies of Indore edition rose to 275,360, the publishers claimed.

· Mid-Day Bangalore edition to be launched within a month
Mid-day's Bangalore edition is now scheduled to be launched within a month. Mid-day enjoys market leadership, almost monopolistic, in the Mumbai's eveninger segment.

· 'Hamara Mahanagar' to launch Urdu paper
Mahanagar Media Network, which took over Hindi daily 'Hamara Mahanagar' last year, will launch an Urdu daily 'Urdu Mahanagar'.

· Marvel Designs adds 'Wellness' to their portfolio
After 'Home Review', a magazine on the interior design and home décor industry, Marvel Designs has now ventured into the health and fitness industry with its latest magazine offering, 'Wellness', which hit the stands in May.

· Source Publishers forays into the beauty sphere with 'New Age Salon'
After successful publishing specialised books and magazines on interiors, Source Publishers have now forayed into the beauty and salon industry with its new bi-monthly magazine 'New Age Salon'. The magazine focuses on hair, skin and beauty products, as well as therapy and treatments.

· Business Standard launches aviation magazine 'Open Sky'
Business Standard has launched a new monthly magazine, 'Open Sky', which focuses on the aviation sector, thus adding to its already existing two special interest publications. The magazine will be available free of cost to the daily subscribers of the newspaper.

· Mysore editions of Deccan Herald and Prajavani launched
The Printers (Mysore), publishers of English daily Deccan Herald and Kannada language daily Prajavani, have launched the Mysore editions of both the publications.

· Roznama Rashtriya Sahara' Kolkata edition launched
Roznama Rashtriya Sahara, the Urdu daily from the Sahara Group, launched its Kolkata edition in May 5. With this, Roznama Rashtriya Sahara has added the fifth edition to its stable.

· Times Food Guide 2006 launched in Kolkata
The Times Group has launched its comprehensive guide to eating out, Times Food Guide 2006, in Kolkata.

 
 Indian Newspaper Society (INS) airs grievances to Prime Minister

 
 

A delegation of 25 members of the Executive Committee of the Indian Newspaper Society called on Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh at his residence to air its grievances.

A major concern of the newspaper industry in India has been import duties on newsprint as well as printing machinery.

At the meeting with Dr Singh, INS president Jacob Mathew requested him to rationalize the import duties and also to exempt newsprint from the purview of recently-introduced VAT.

According to a communiqué from the INS, Dr Singh said that his government appreciated the constructive role played by newspapers in the dissemination of policies and the functioning of democracy, and assured the INS delegation of his support in resolving the major issues faced by the industry.

The Prime Minister further said that he would be happy to meet print media industry leaders once a year so that the industry would be able to share its concerns with the Government, and major policy issues could receive the desired attention.

 
 The Hindu, Eenadu, Daily Hindi Milap, Siasat Daily in new ad alliance

 
Four of South India's dailies have formed an advertising alliance, "New CHARminar" in the city of Hyderabad in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The Charminar is a prestigious monument of the city and the 'char' means the digit four in several Indian languages.

The first of such an alliance was formed five years ago between The Hindu and Eenadu. The duo has extended the alliance with the inclusion of Daily Hindi Milap and Siasat Daily.

The Hindu and Eenadu's media alliance began in June 2001. Initially limited to Andhra Pradesh, the combination was extended to cover all editions of The Hindu and Eenadu in November 2001.

"The alliance heralded the coming together of two leading media companies in the English and language space, with similar values, with the objective of offering advertisers 'More for Less', more reach at lesser costs, through concessional combined advertising rates," said a statement issued jointly by the four publications who are part of CHARminar.

 
 Glimpses of consolidation: BCCL in race to buy out VPL

 
In what could be an action towards consolidation in the Indian print publishing marketplace, Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd, the largest print publishing house in the country, is seeking to acquire Vijayanand Printers Limited (VPL).

VPL, owned by the promoters of Vijayanand Roadways Limited (VRL), is in talks with BCCL, owners of the Times of India group, amongst other potential investors. The company, according to reliable sources, is open to selling out or offloading a portion of the stake.

VPL publishes the leading Kannada daily 'Vijaya Karnataka', English daily 'Vijay Times', and a second Kannada daily 'Usha Kirana'. BCCL does not have a presence in the Kannada media, and would make its foray if and when an investment in VPL is made.

Sources said that a South African media company is also among the other two interested parties seeking to buy a stake in VPL.

 
 Business India is The Economist's new partner for ad sales

 
Business India has now become the local ad sales partner for The Economist in India.
Until now, the Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd was the local ad sales partner of The Economist. The switch was a result of the licensee Speciality Magazines Pvt Ltd becoming part of Business India Publications.

Tim Pinnegar, Publisher, Asia Pacific of The Economist said, "This really is a good thing for us as now we have the backing of a group as strong as Business India here. For us this means a stronger team working on the product and I think that it would even help us achieve the five year target that we have set."

 
 DNA commissions E&Y to certify circulation

 
In what could be a one more disillusionment with the processes and conditions of certification by Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC), Diligent Media Ltd got the circulation of its Mumbai daily newspaper Daily News & Analysis (DNA) audited by Ernst & Young.

The audit of DNA's circulation figures comes in the wake of the release of Indian Readership Survey (IRS) 2006 figures. DNA now has numbers from Ernst & Young (E&Y) as well for its circulation.

Giving a reason on the need for E&Y certification, DNA officials explained that the ABC took some time before the numbers for new publications come to fore.

Earlier, Dainik Bhaskar group, who happen to be co-promoters of Diligent Media also, had similarly got the circulation figures of its Gujarati daily 'Divya Bhaskar' audited by a private auditing firm, soon after registering meteoric rise within a year of its launch.

 
 

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