Mid Day

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Type Daily newspaper
Format Compact
Owner(s) Mid Day Infomedia Limited, a subsidiary of Jagran Prakashan Limited
Editor Sachin Kalbag
News editor Shiboli Chatterjee
Sports editor Clayton Murzello
Photo editor Ashish Rane
Founded 1979
Language English, Gujarati and Urdu (as The Inquilab)
Headquarters Mumbai, India
Official website www.mid-day.com


Mid Day (stylised as mid-day) is a morning daily Indian compact newspaper. Editions in various languages are published in Mumbai and Pune.

Establishment[edit]

It was established in Mumbai in 1979 as a family-owned newspaper. A Sunday edition, Sunday mid day, began in 1981.

Ownership[edit]

The newspaper is owned by Mid Day Infomedia Limited, a subsidiary of Jagran Prakashan Limited, a publishing house listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange of India.

Sections[edit]

The Magazine deals with the following sections:

  • National/International news
  • Lifestyle
  • Sex and relationships
  • Food and Health
  • Travel

and others sections such as puzzles and games aiming to make work fun

The Newspaper by its own admission considers the content [1] light-hearted, easy-read, entertaining and mischievous aiming to make work fun].

Operations[edit]

It publishes newspapers in three languages – English, Gujarati and an Urdu newspaper, The Inquilab. The Inquilab, the first paper of the group in Urdu, was born in the fervour of idealistic nationalism in 1938.

The Mumbai newspaper publishes two editions: an early-morning and a noon edition. However, since April 2009, only noon editions have been published and the company has dropped printing a morning newspaper, citing positioning issues. Its slogan is "Make Work Fun".[citation needed] It has added a recent supplement [2]

[3]

The Parent company JPL( Jagran Prakashan ) decided to close the Delhi and Bengaluru edition for the tabloid it acquired in May 2010. The reason for the pull out was stated as Escalating break even prices and rising competition, the management now wants to focus on strengthening the Mumbai and Pune additions of the tabloid.

Marketing activity[edit]

Mid Day's Marketing campaigns are considered to be effective. The MiD DAY’s Bollywood Lunch Contest "MiD DAY’s Bollywood Lunch Contest" won at the IFRA award 2008 and at the Asia Multimedia Publishing Media Awards 2009.

It is a contest driven promotion in which the winning person/reader and the entire office of the same gets to meet a star over a lunch date.

The magazine management has defined a specific target audience for its daily. They terms it as the YUMPI - Young Urban Mobile Professionals across India. Thus the games, puzzles and fun elements of the daily are aimed at creating a connect with the YUMPI.

Zing! - The latest section is a section that talks about "style at work". This section is also another such endeavor to connect with the YUMPIs of the cities the daily is in circulation.

Journalists jailed for reports on chief justice[edit]

On September 20, 2007, four journalists of Mid Day, including Resident Editor Vitusha Oberoi and City Editor MK Tayal, were sentenced to four months jail on contempt of court charges,[4] because of a report they had filed on the ex-Chief Justice of India, Y. K. Sabharwal. Whether the charges in the report were true or not was not considered in arriving at the decision.

Many in the legal community feel that in the 2006 Delhi sealing drive, Justice Sabharwal may have had a conflict of interest since his sons own a firm with relations to the Delhi real estate. Former Solicitor General KK Sud had called this behaviour "the height of indiscretion."[5]

The High Court, however, sentenced the journalists without considering the veracity of the reports, and this led to considerable controversy.[6] Ex-law minister Shanti Bhushan stated that the Parliament had in 2006 amended the Contempt of Courts Act to say that "if the allegations against a judge were found to be true, then they would not be considered contemptuous." In view of this, the judgment, he said, may be "only aimed at terrifying the media and an attempt to curb truthfulness."[6]

[7]

Awards and other achievements[edit]

  • Asia Multimedia Publishing Media Awards 2009 [8]
  • INMA AWARDS 2008 at California - USA INMA AWARDS 2009 - Miami - USA
  • Amsterdam IFRA AWARDS WOW Awards 2008

Senior staff[edit]

Jyotirmoy Dey, the Special Investigations Editor of Mid Day was shot dead on 11 June 2011 in Mumbai by unknown assailants. Since then Bhupen Patel has taken over as the special investigations editor [9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Zing! Added from the about us section in the Newspaper Website
  3. ^ The Tabloid has an estimated readership base of 4,38,000 for MiD Day ( English ) & MiD Day (Gujrati) 52,000 only in Mumbai.
  4. ^ "4 journos get jail term for scandalising ex-CJI". IBNLive (CNN). 21 September 2007, updated 22 September 2007. Retrieved 23 September 2007. 
  5. ^ "Shock, anger at Sabharwal's mall-aa-mall". Mid Day. 12 June 2007. Retrieved 22 September 2007. 
  6. ^ "HC gives 4-month jail to Mid-Day journalists, grants bail". Outlook India magazine. 21 Sep 2007. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  7. ^ http://www.middayinfomedia.com/awards.htm
  8. ^ Ahmed, Shoaib (11 June 2011). "Mumbai journo shot dead by 4 unidentified men – India News". IBNLive. CNN. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  9. ^ "Sachin Kalbag joins Mid Day as executive editor". Campaign India. Haymarket Media. 24 March 2011. Retrieved 26 November 2011. 

External links[edit]

Name Designation
Sachin Kalbag Executive Editor[10]
Clayton Murzello Sports Editor
Shiboli Chatterjee News Editor
Vinod Kumar Menon City Editor, Mid-Day Mumbai
Fiona Fernandez Features Editor, Mid-Day Mumbai