NEWS DECCAN CHRONICLE EDITOR SINHA JAYANTI REDDYS
|Aditya Sinha ..ex-Editor, NIE, DNA|
HYDERABAD: Senior journalist Aditya Sinha has taken over as Editor-in-Chief of the south-based Deccan Chronicle and Delhi-based Asian Age – two major media establishments that are owned and operated by one group that has its base in Hyderabad. The DCHL group was run for long years as a public limited company by former Congress MP Venkattram Reddy (Ram Reddy). Aditya Sinha, a good professional, is believed to be a pro-BJP scribe.
Also joining the media establishment as Resident Editor in Hyderabad is Sriram Karry, while Sinha would operate from New Delhi as also Hyderabad. Deccan Chronicle has a large circulation base in Hyderabad as also rest of Telangana, while the paper has marginal presence in other southern states. Asian Age does not have a strong readership base anywhere and survived on ad revenues for the DC. Two existing senior editors with the Deccan Chronicle in Hyderabad are S Nataraj and Kashinath, besides Manjula Reddy, wife of Venkattram Reddy. She handled the Tabloid section, besides holding other major editorial responsibilities.
The appointment of a new Editor-in-Chief follows a change in management of the Deccan Chronicle Holdings Ltd, which had run into debt, seriously affecting the financial stability of the firm since 2012. It was suspected that the Reddy family which ran the paper diverted funds into real estate and other ventures before a time when the realty sector was on the verge of a slowdown. By fighting cases through various channels, the Reddys tried to hold on to the apex of the group for over eight years – similar to a scenario of several NPAs, or bad debt holders, of banks fooling around under the UPA and Modi dispensations, and making merry and more money. Political connections of the Reddys and other tricks helped the Reddys carry on until now.
The company finally moved into the hands of SREI & CoC, weeks ago, and there are those who suspect a Ram Reddy hand behind this lesser-known firm too. The daily claims a circulation of over 13lakh copies a day.
JAYANTI AND SINHA
Long-standing Editor, AT Jayanti, has stepped aside while Aditya Sinha took over. Aditya Sinha is a former Editor of the New Indian Express, based out of Chennai, and he later served as Editor for a brief period with DNA in Mumbai. Aditya Sinha started as a crime reporter in Delhi, worked with Times of India, The Pioneer, the Hindustan Times etc, and eventually headed one of the week-end sections of HT, before moving into The New Indian Express around year 2010.
Jayanti, who worked with some weekly publications in Mumbai, was brought into Deccan Chronicle as resident editor by MJ Akbar who, at one time, headed the media’s editorial board. After Ram Reddy eased out Akbar, Jayanti took charge of the paper in the 1990s, and carried on for long years as Editor. She is perhaps the Editor with the longest innings outside of the proprietor-Editor kind of set-up. Jayanti, unlike other editors, hardly ever wrote articles or comments, but concentrated entirely on tough and strong-willed administration. She kept the staff on their toes. The urge for shouting came naturally to her. She’s not completely out of the picture now, and is on a “sabbatical” or on paid leave, Ram Reddy told a meeting of the editorial staff the other day.