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MK Venu follows Siddharth Varadarajan, quits as Executive Editor of The Hindu

Venu steps down saying, “I resigned voluntarily as my understanding was to work in a professionalised editorial set up promised by N Ram”

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | October 23, 2013

MK Venu

The patch-up among the family members who own The Hindu through Kasturi and Sons Ltd, has claimed one more senior hand. After the exit of Editor Siddharth Varadarajan and CEO Arun Anant, MK Venu has quit as Executive Editor after a short stint of about five months. Venu, who joined The Hindu in May 2013 as Executive Editor – Delhi, put in his papers a day after the exit of Varadarajan.

Confirming the development to BestMediaInfo.com, Venu said, “I resigned voluntarily as my understanding was to work in a professionalised editorial set-up promised by N Ram.” Separately, Venu posted on Twitter: “Talk of big pay packet for me in The Hindu untrue. I took pay cut to experience N Ram's promise of professionalised editorial management!”

Venu preferred not to comment when asked if more resignations were on the cards. However, on Twitter, he protested the claims made by Ram to defend the decision to bring editorial control within the family. Responding to the allegation that The Hindu lost readership under a non-family editor, Venu tried to prove the allegations false and a mere exercise to show exit doors to the senior management. He tweeted: “CEO of The Hindu group Arun Anant told me circulation of the paper went up by 1.4 lakh copies this year alone!”

Venu had joined The Hindu from Financial Express, where he was the Managing Editor. Having worked with all major national newspapers, Venu has spent 30 years in journalism. His stints include The Economic Times for 12 years and Hindustan Times among others.

Also read: 

Interview: Siddharth Varadarajan, on why he stepped down as Editor of The Hindu

Siddharth Varadarajan quits as Editor of The Hindu as owners patch up

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