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The DNA of DNA: where is the review?

DNA, or Daily News and Analysis, has been launched in Mumbai. Oh wait, no, they launched the Mumbai edition in Delhi. You see, the flamboyant Zee group, which has launched the paper in partnership with the Dainik Bhaskar guys, wanted no less than Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to do the honours. (Thanks to The Hoot for informing us about this much in advance.) In an excellent Guardian story, DNA editor Gautam Adhikari claimed that DNA will a "classical liberal paper" as good a paper as The Guardian. That's wishful thinking - for one, they will never dare to have such long stories and essays as The Guardian often carries.

Which makes me think: why isn't DNA online yet so I could check it out? You see I live in Delhi, where DNA will launch next year, having (or so they hope) consolidated their position in Mumbai.

Okay, so has anyone reviewed DNA yet? Surprisingly, nobody. Not The Hoot, not Dancewithshadows, not CSF. If Mediaah! was alive they would've done it five times by now, along with pre- and post-launch boardroom and newsroom gossip. Dancewithshadows, incidentally, had a very good review of HT's Mumbai edition.

Meanwhile, the Hindu Business Line has been giving its readers some very wrong advice.

And I'd like to bring to your notice a relatively unknown press blog. I have a gut feeling they are going to burn their fingers soon, but that's the last thing I would want to happen to two good bloggers.

Anyway, if you are in Mumbai, please tell us what DNA looks like.

Update: Adlova gives us the anatomy of DNA (thanks, Desipundit); and Kevin is disappointed by the paper. Indian Media Notes says let's not write a premature obit of DNA. Exchange4Media has a panel talk on DNA. K jots down his notes. The over all verdict seems to suggest that the paper has not been able to live up to even an iota of the hype they launched with.







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-- Blogger uma, 8/01/2005 09:19:00 PM

shivam, it looks like the asian age. nuff said? except, it's even more characterless. at least the asian age takes a stand on some issues, and also has those articles reprinted from the foreign publications. dna has...very little good stuff. and i cannot find a website. which may be a good thing all round.    



-- Blogger K, 8/02/2005 06:59:00 PM

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-- Blogger K, 8/02/2005 07:27:00 PM

Oops, I'm messing up with too many typos. Hey thanks for linking the 'relatively unknown' blog, will start making more and more obscure remarks in an attempt not to get caught. Or become like Nick Denton of Gawker Media in the process. Anyway, you wanted a review of DNA I've written one from the comfort of the very dry environs of Delhi where I still find myself.    



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