The last editions of Mid Day Delhi and Bengaluru see the light of day, today. Jagran Prakashan (JPL), that had acquired Mid Day in May 2010, has decided to close down Delhi and Bengaluru editions of Mid Day.
Mid Day officials have said that the paper will maintain a bureau and a sales office in these cities, but the announcement of Mid-day shutting its Delhi and Bangalore operations has left the employees in total disbelief.
In an internal mail, Mid Day’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mid-Day Infomedia, Manajit Ghoshal informed the team that the decision has been taken by prolonged losses the company had incurred on these two editions.
The development will see Mid Day focussing further on its Mumbai edition. Mid Day Gujarati or Inquilab are not affected by this decision.
Ghoshal said in the mail: “Mumbai Mid-Day will now have the strength to soar to greater heights. December 6, 2011 is an important day in the history of Mid Day. Today, we will have to halt and think. Think about many of our colleagues who will have to move on. It's a testing time for them as it is for us. Right now, it may look dark, but I am sure we'll come out of this with flying colours. We wish them all the best in their future endeavours. We also need to think about the added responsibilities for all of us who remain in this great organisation, and who have to carry its legacy forward.”
Amit Kumar, National Bureau Chief, Mid Day Delhi said, “Despite Mid Day Delhi’s good performance editorially, this is a sad decision. We have seen it growing from a baby to a giant in Delhi, and now it is distressing to see it die. I was the first employee and I can say I have seen the rise, rise and fall. As a part of the editorial team we did not have a clue about the fate of this product.”