M Venkataraman, who joined as President, Deccan Chronicle, from The Times of India Group recently (reported by exchange4media on March 11, 2005), is learnt to have left the publication.
While Venkatraman was unavailable for comment despite repeated attempts, reliable sources inform that he parted ways with the Deccan Chronicle about a week ago. Sources in Deccan Chronicle refused to comment when contacted.
Deccan Chronicle's Chennai edition hit the stands on March 28, 2005, and has set the English daily market abuzz with its edition prized at Re.1.
Venkataraman, who was Director-Corporate, Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. (BCCL), publishers of The Times of India, was taken on board by Deccan Chronicle to spearhead its Chennai project. Even at TOI, Venkataraman had been designated as Project Director for The Times of India's upcoming Chennai edition.