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[Last updated at 1352hrs on 7 August 2020 about Mail Today]
The press in India is going through an economic crisis. Following the outbreak of COVID-19 and the announcement of a nationwide lock down by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 24 March 2020, the economy came to a grinding halt. The news industry is particularly affected.
I am trying to document how COVID19 is affecting the news industry in India. As a first step, I am trying to make a timeline of events as they unfold.
I am tracking newsrooms cutbacks in India due to COVID19. If you are personally affected or know of any newsroom that has made cutbacks please do fill up this form: https://forms.gle/WSM5et1WnHw1dmmH7
I am populating the timeline using two information sources:
- Public domain
Information such as communications published by trade associations, industry bodies, specific news media companies, etc. and by
- Tip-offs received here: https://forms.gle/WSM5et1WnHw1dmmH7
Tip-offs are verified by speaking with journalists affected, documenting company emails received by them.
My name is Cyril Sam. I am a journalist based in New Delhi. I report on the business of news in India. I have been speaking with people who manage the business of news since the lockdown was announced, trying to understand their point of view. Most decision makers are playing wait-and-watch to see how the lockdown unfolds and how soon the advertising markets recover. Meanwhile, many have begun consolidating their businesses.
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Here is what I know in reverse chronological order:
- On 7 August, Aroon Purie, in an internal email, announced the suspension of the print edition of Mail Today. Employees have been verbally asked to find jobs elsewhere.
On 5 August, employees of Mail Today, an English-language tabloid published by the India Today Group, were informed over the phone by the company’s HR that the tabloid will suspend publishing beginning Saturday, 8 August. Around 35–40 editorial employees will be affected by the closure.
- On 30 July, employees of The Wire were informed about the website vacating one of the two floors it occupies as office space in central Delhi due to high rentals,
- On 31 July, ET Gujarati announced closure of operations to its readers in the newspaper. The paper was published by a team of 13 employees. They have been offered two months salary as retrenchment benefits, Newslaundry reported.
- On 30 July, the Business Standard laid off 17 journalists and three designers across Delhi and Mumbai. This is the second round of retrenchment at BS. On 29 June, 11 journalists and the newspaper’s chief designer were laid off. On 1 July, the Hindi edition of BS published from Patna and Ranchi were discontinued,
- On 28 July 2020, the board of directors of HT Media Private Limited, which publishes Hindustan Times, Mint and Hindustan, approved investment in Mosaic Media Ventures Private Limited, which owns VCCircle. The information was disclosed to the Bombay Stock Exchange on 29 July,
- On 28 July, The Indian Express laid off five video editors from its online team,
- On 27 July, The Indian Express laid off its Madhya Pradesh correspondent [updated]. A day earlier, on 26 July, the Indian Express Group laid off four staffers at InUth. On 24 July and 25 July, The Indian Express laid off an associate editor [updated] from its Mumbai bureau and its Srinagar correspondent [corrected] respectively. The same week at least, three journalists from the online desk [updated] were asked to send in their resignations. The Express Group is following the Outlook Publishing Group’s model of laying off three-four employees everyday,
- On 26 July, Outlook Group extended salary cuts till September 2020,
- On 27 July [updated], Scroll.in laid off three journalists from its sports team. Earlier, on 10 July the company vacated its rented office space in Delhi. The laid off journalists are being offered two months of payment in lieu of their notice period,
- On 24 July, Express Group acquired insurance web aggregator MyInsuranceClub, according to a release by the newspaper.
- On 22 July, the Deccan Chronicle Holdings, which publishes Deccan Chronicle and Andhra Bhoomi announced salary cuts and froze promotions till March 2021. Andhra Bhoomi suspended print runs on 23 March 2020,
- On 17 July [corrected], Outlook Publishing Group asked three of its employees to resign. The group — which publishes Outlook magazine, Outlook Hindi, Outlook Money, Outlook Traveller, Outlook Business [corrected], Poshan— has been retrenching staff since the first week of June. Every week three-four employees are called on the phone and asked verbally to resign.
So far, at least, 35 employees including Arindam Mukherjee, editor Outlook Money, Harvir Singh, editor Outlook Hindi, Pranay Sharma, foreign affairs editor, Qaiser Mohammad Ali, senior associate editor, sports at Outlook , senior designer, Outlook Hindi, photo editor, Outlook have been asked to resign. Those asked to resign were not given a notice period or paid a severance.
The group announced retroactive salary cuts on 30 May 2020 for the months of April, May and June 2020. Salaries for the month of February 2020 were paid in June.
Outlook Group has also been hiring at the same time. After Arindam Mukherjee, Pranay Sharma were asked to leave, Saibal Dasgupta and Seema Guha were brought in as new editor for Outlook Money, foreign affairs editor respectively. Just ahead of the COVID19, Ramanand Sengupta, senior journalist, was hired to head the Outlook Poshan.
The magazine’s latest issue hit newsstands on 17 July 2020, 18 weeks after it suspended print edition on 30 March. The magazine now publishes print and digital editions alternatively — so print is now a fortnightly edition — signaling a reduction in print runs [updated].
- Mid-Day, an English language tabloid published out of Mumbai, announced a paywall for its e-paper on 17 July. The same day, the company laid off employees at printing press,
- On 15 July, The Indian Express Group laid off at least 10 journalists from Jansatta online,
- NDTV on 13 July made a disclosure with the Bombay Stock Exchange announcing partial rollback of pay cuts at the group. On 23 April, the group had announced 10%-40% pay cuts across the company. The latest disclosure says, “through July 1, 2020, the existing pay cuts shall continue but effective August 1, 2020, NDTV Group will end pay cuts for all employees who took a pay cut between 10%–20%.”
- The Indian Express begun laying off staff across departments and editions beginning 11 July [corrected]. If you have information, please tip me off here: https://forms.gle/1De2QazjLy5FFd98A
- On 30 June, Mid-Day announced 15% paycuts for its employees till the company breaks even. The tabloid published and circulated in Mumbai saw a 4% increase in readership in the last quarter of 2019–2020 and is cash-flow positive, Apurva Purohit, president of Jagran Group, which owns Mid-Day, said in a recent interview,
- Delhi Aaj Tak has asked some of its employees to tender their resignations by 15 July. TV Today Network ceased operations and transmission of Delhi Aaj Tak with effect from 30 June 2020. It was communicated in an internal communique to the staff on Saturday 30 May
- Fortune India, owned by ABP Group, has been acquired by RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group, which owns OPEN magazine, the Business Standard reported on 03 July 2020.
Fortune India sent its 20-people strong editorial team on a three month leave without pay on 28 April. The decision was communicated in an internal email. The email came with a consent form that the employees are expected sign,
- The Federal, owned by SRM Group, laid off five women journalists — three desk editors, one reporter and a video producer — on 2 July on email. The website employs around 30 journalists. The layoffs come a day after the company announced up to 40% pay cuts. The journalists are being offered two months deducted salary, which is effectively one month’s salary, as severance.
- The Kochi Post’s editor on 2 July announced on Twitter closing down of the site,
- On 1 July [corrected], SRM Group’s news TV Puthiya Thalaimurai TV announced pay cuts up to 30% and its web platform The Federal announced pay cuts up to 40% [corrected],
- The Business Standard began retrenchment on 29 June [corrected], Monday. The newspaper laid off four journalist from the weekend team of seven journalists and the chief designer of the newspaper. In total, 60 employees across various departments, bureaus and editions have been shown the door. The retrenched employees were assured two months salary as severance [updated].The Business Standard was one of the first English-language newspapers in India to institute pay cuts.
[updated]Shivendra Gupta, executive vice-president of the organisation in an email to NewsLaundry, wrote: “We have also discontinued our Patna and Raipur Hindi editions with effect from July 1, 2020. The Sunday Business Standard will also be discontinued with effect from July 5, 2020 and the Weekend pullout will no longer be published on Saturdays from July 4, 2020.”
- On 26 June 2020, DT Next laid off 16 employees: two reporters, eight from the desk, one photographer and five from the design team. DT Next is an English language hyperlocal published and circulated in Chennai. Laid off employees were paid two months salary [updated] and severance pay,
- On 26 June 2020, staff of the Economic and Political Weekly wrote to the trustees of Sameeksha Trust demanding salary cuts be revoked.
- OPEN magazine has instituted retroactive paycuts for freelance writers. The change in the payment policy from a per-word-basis to a flat rate applies to freelance writers who contributed to the magazine beginning March 2020,
- The Indian Express began retrenchment on 23 June. At least four journalists including from features and op ed desk were verbally asked to tender their resignations, while roles of some senior editors were restructured and were asked to take deep salary cuts by Raj Kamal Jha, editor in chief, and Unni Rajan Shanker, executive editor. Those laid off have been promised two months salary as severance. There has been no written communication yet to the affected journalists from the company. More lay offs are expected at The Indian Express in the coming days.
- Cricket Samrat, a monthly Hindi-language cricket magazine founded in 1978 and published by Anand Dewan since inception, shut down on 23 June, according to Mid-Day and The Indian Express (h/t Krishna Prasad, Daksh Panwar)
- On 22 June, The Hindu formally asked its employees in the Mumbai edition to tender their resignations. The move came the same day the Press Council of India issued a notice to the editor of The Hindu for threatening to lay off journalists and a day after the employees of the Mumbai edition wrote to the company’s board seeking clarification on their employment status. On 18 June, nearly 90 employees of The Hindu, including nine in Karnataka, six in Telangana and 20 in Mumbai, were informed on the phone to tender their resignations or risk being terminated, which they were told would look bad on their CVs.
- On 21 June, the Economic and Political Weekly announced salary cuts in an internal email. The email, signed by Gopal Guru, the editor, mentions the decision will be reviewed in August.
- On 18 June, The Hindu laid off an unknown number of journalists across editions, bureaus and verticals. So far, have confirmed loss of jobs about 9 journalists in Karnataka and 20 journalists in Mumbai. Journalists were threatened to resign or risk being terminated, which they were told will look bad on their CVs,
- On 17 June, Aroon Purie, the founder-publisher, owner of the India Today Group, in an internal email announced salary cuts and lay offs beginning this month. Harper’s Bazaar, India and Brides Today are the first products to be hit. It is still unclear how many journalists are affected and what is the extent of salary cuts,
- In the second week of June, nearly 70 journalists working for MSN India were laid off. They were employed by Burda Media, which managed news operations for MSN India. The laid off journalists were paid 15 days severance. The lay offs are part of MSN automating its news curation process. Late last month, several journalists working for MSN in Britain were laid off.
- On 9 June, 13 journalists from the Hindustan Times’ Mumbai edition were forced to resign.
- Asiaville on Friday, 5 June laid off two journalists from its English website and five from its Hindi website. The website publishes content in English, Hindi, Tamil and Malayalam. It is unclear currently if any journalists have been affected in Tamil and Malayalam operations.
- On Wednesday, 3 June Firstpost laid off an unknown number of journalists. If you have information, please tip me off here: https://forms.gle/1De2QazjLy5FFd98A
- NewsX laid off staff at the channel on 1 June 2020, according to a report by Newsclick.
- The Telegraph formally announced closure of its Jharkhand and North East editions Sunday, 31 May 2020.
- Salaries at the magazine have not been paid in full since January 2020. Earlier, on 25 March the magazine suspended print runs of publications including Outlook magazine and Outlook Money.
- TV Today Network announced ceasing operations and transmission of Delhi Aaj Tak with effect from 30 June 2020 in an internal communique Saturday 30 May.
- Sakal Times and Gomantak Times, will cease operations from 1 June 2020, according to a news report by Ad Gully. The closure impacts 45 editorial staff at Sakal Times and 13 journalists at Gomantak Times.
- Network 18 announced salary cuts on 27 May in an internal email. The cuts affect all Network 18 properties across television and digital,
- The New Indian Express will put its epaper behind a paywall beginning 1 June 2020. A notice was put up on the newspaper’s epaper website on 27 May 2020,
- An unconfirmed number of employees at The Hindustan Times have been laid off across different bureaus. The layoffs affect senior and junior editorial staff. Four journalists have been laid off in Gurugram and 30 editorial staff at the Chandigarh bureau were laid off. The journalists were asked to resign for a severance for two months.
Those affected among the senior staff include Poonam Saxena, who oversaw Ht’s features content for many years. In an internal email sent on 27 May at 3.01PM, Sukumar Ranganathan, the editor in chief of HT wrote, “Poonam Saxena,… has decided not to seek an extension at the end of her current term (which is May 31)”.
This is a developing story. Will update when there is more clarity.
This comes days after journalists in Bengaluru, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Delhi bureau of the Mint, HT’s business paper,were put on notice.
Journalists at the Hindustan Times and Mint were informed of the decision between 23 May and 27 May 2020.
- On 26 May, Patrika began terminating contracts of journalists across India. Patrika publishes multiple print editions from Rajashthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, West Bengal, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, and also runs hyperlocal websites across multiple states. So, far nearly a quarter of the work force is affected. The termination affects people both under print and web operations. Earlier in April, the company began salary cut backs without informing the employees.
- ABP Digital laid off an unconfirmed number of journalists on 26 May 2020,
- Vikatan Group has laid off 172 employees in Chennai on 21 May. It is unclear how many journalists are affected. Will update when there is clarity.
- The Telegraph has announced the closure of its newsroom in Guwahati newsroom. The decision will lead to laying off of four of its five permanent journalists, according to a former employee.
- On 21 March 2020, CitySpidey, a five-year-old English-language hyper-local news app that served the cities of Ghaziabad, Gurugram, Faridabad, Noida and east Delhi, shut down. The closure affected 13 journalists. They were paid in the first week of June 2020 for 21 days for the month of March. No severance was paid. The company was owned by Steve Medius Pvt Ltd.
- The Times of India in Kerala on 21 May 2020 formally announced the closure of two — Kochi upcountry and Malabar — of four of its edition in the state — Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Kochi upcountry and Malabar beginning 31 May 2020.
- The Times of India in Kerala on 20 May 2020 laid-off seven reporters (three in Thiruvananthapuram, two in Kozhikode and one each in Malappuram and Kannur respectively) and three desk editors. The employees were asked on a WhatsApp call by the HR and the Assistant Resident Editor to tender their resignations for personal reasons. No written communication has been received by them yet. Those affected will receive one month’s salary as severance while those associated with the company for more than five years will also receive their gratuity.
It is important to note here that the News Broadcasters Association and the Indian Newspaper Society have claimed in the SC that there have so far been no lay-offs or salary cuts in newsrooms.
The News Minute reports the number of those laid-off today at the Times of India at 13.
- The New Indian Express will vacate rented offices across eight bureaus in Kerala beginning 31 May 2020, The Kochi Post reported on 17 May,
- The Times Group paywalled epapers of all its English titles — The Times of India, The Economic Times and Mirror —on 15 May 2020,
- The Times of India will close two — Kochi upcountry and Malabar — of its four editions — Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Kochi upcountry and Malabar — in Kerala beginning 31 May 2020. The printer — Mathrubhumi — was informed on 14 May 2020, a senior employee confirmed. On 15 May 2020, 10 employees in circulation department of the two editions were given pink slips.
Times of India launched in the state with four edition in 2012 and currently employs 65 people across editorial in the state. Editorial employees have not been informed of any job losses yet on 16 April 2020. The four editions have a combined circulation of 150,000 copies across the state. Closure of the two editions will bring down the circulation of the paper to 100,000 copies.
- The Indian Newspaper Society filed reply on 13 May to a petition in the Supreme Court challenging lay-offs and cutbacks in newsrooms.
- The Caravan magazine announced salary cuts for the next four months in an internal email on 12 May. The email further said salaries will be paid in parts during the period,
- The New Indian Express in an internal email on 12 May 2020 announced salary cuts beginning 16 May 2020. Journalists working from home at TNIE were already facing a 30% cut,
- The News Broadcasters Association filed reply on 11 May to a petition in the Supreme Court challenging lay-offs and cutbacks in newsrooms.
- Anand Bazar Patrika, which also owns Fortune India, sent an internal email announcing vacating their rented offices in Delhi, Bengaluru, Noida, Chennai and Hyderabad on 10 May 2020,
- Uttar Pradesh suspended The Working Journalists Act, as part of suspending labour laws in the state on 8 May 2020. The move is significant for the press in India because most news media companies reporting from Delhi are based in the suburb of Noida in UP,
- The Economic Times cut jobs in Kochi, Chandigarh and Kolkata on 6 May, NewsLaundry reported,
- The Quint listed itself in the Bombay Stock Exchange on 6 May 2020 via a reverse takeover. The promoters sold the company to a listed company they own via a slump sale, at an enterprise value of Rs 30.58 crore, and an equity value of Rs. 12.62 crore.
- Tribune India announced pay cuts on 2 May in an internal circular,
- The Indian Express announced in an internal email delay in disbursing salaries for the month of April on 30 April,
- Fortune India sent its 20-people strong editorial team on a three month leave without pay on 28 April. The decision was communicated in an internal email. The email came with a consent form that the employees are expected sign,
- The Indian Newspaper Society wrote a second letter to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting demanding a two year tax holiday, increase official advertisement rates and budget spending on the sector on 25 April. The letter signed by INS President Shailesh Gupta mentioned: Since economic activity has nearly collapsed and there is no likelihood of advertising from the private sector, the losses are expected to continue at the same rate for the next 6–7 months (implying an additional loss of Rs 12–15,000 crore over the next 6–7 months) unless a strong stimulus is implemented by the government at the soonest.
- The Hindu announced pay cuts on 25 April 2020,
- JaiHind TV, a Malayalam TV channel based out of Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala announced salary cuts on 25 April
- NDTV announced salary cuts in the range of 10%-40% in a filing with the Bombay Stock Exchange on 23 April,
- Bennett Coleman & Co Ltd (BCCL), which owns Times of India, Economic Times, Mirror, Nav Bharat Times, Maharashtra Times, Vijay Karnataka, etc., announced deferring of increments, restructuring of salary and salary cuts on 23 April 2020,
- The Bridge, a sports website based out of Bengaluru, announced a 30% pay cut across board in the second week of March. The company laid off four employees, between the second week of March and late April. The laid off employees were not paid any severance,
- Bloomberg-Quint announced shutting down of its television division. The move leads to 100 people losing jobs,
- A petition was filed in the Supreme Court by the National Alliance of Journalists, Delhi Union of Journalists and Brihanmumbai Union of Journalists against the Union of India, Indian Newspaper Society and News Broadcasters Association on 16 April 2020 for laying off journalists and for salary cuts,
- India Legal cut salaries of employees for the month of March on 15 April,
- The state of Maharashtra banned delivery of newspapers in Mumbai and Pune on 17 April,
- HT Media in an internal email announced deferring appraisals and restructuring salaries by moving part of fixed salaries to variable pay on 16 April 2020,
- Dainik Bhaskar restructured the salaries of nearly 1,000 employees (12% of the workforce), as reported by Reuters on 16 April 2020,
- Three journalists managing Times Life, a Sunday supplement were laid off on 13 April, as reported by NewsLaundry,
- Nai Duniya owned by Dainik Jagran suspended print operations on 13 April,
- Bloomberg-Quint owned by The Quintillion Media Pvt Ltd.sent an internal email announcing salary cuts on 13 April,
- Star of Mysore suspended print operations on 12 April 2020,
- News Nation laid off its English digital team of 15 journalists on 12 April,
- The Indian Newspaper Society wrote to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on 9 April demanding the removal of the 5 percent customs duty on newsprint, two-year tax holiday for newspaper establishments, 50 percent increase in advertisement rate of Bureau of Outreach and Communication and a 100 percent increase in budget spend for the print media.
- Some journalists at the Quint were asked to go on leave without pay, among others those earning above INR 65,000 were asked to take a salary cut. This was communicated to affected journalists on 9 April and 10 April,
- The New Indian Express paid only partial salary for the month of March and has assured its employees the remainder will be paid on 15 April. The company also did not renew contracts of some journalists, whose contracts ended on 31 March 2020. The information about delayed salaries was communicated to the staff on 5 April. Salaries were due on 7 April 2020,
- Patrika cut salaries on 7 April,
- Amar Ujala cut salaries on 7 April for everyone above the position of chief sub editor,
- India Ahead News announced salary cuts on 4 April 2020,
- The Business Standard sent out an internal email on salary cuts,
- The Indian Express sent out an internal email on salary cuts on 1 April,
- Sakal Group asked 15 journalists to tender their resignation on 31 March, reported NewsLaundry,
- Forbes India suspended print operations beginning issue dated 27 March,
- Outlook suspended print operations on 30 March 2020,
- Indian Newspaper Society writes to the Union Finance Ministry on 24 March 2020, seeking a two year tax holiday. The letter is titled, ‘Request for urgent relief to the Collapsing Newspaper sector hit by triple whammy of Coronavirus, plummeting advertising revenue and customs duty on newsprint’. The is letter signed by Shailesh Gupta, the President of the INS and one of the directors of Jagran Prakashan,
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a nationwide lockdown on 24 March 2020,
- Andhra Bhoomi, owned by Deccan Chronicle Holdings, suspended print runs on 23 March 2020,
- Vendors in Mumbai, Delhi and other parts of India suspend newspaper delivery from 22 March to 31 March 2020,
- India’s Ministry of Labour and Employment issues a circular on 20 March 2020 to public and private employers advising them not to terminate employees or reduce wages,
- Hamara Mahanagar shut down operations on 18 March citing poor business viability.
If you work at any of these organisations or know of any news organisation that has been affected do reach out. I would love to speak with you. I am also curious to know what is happening in Indian language press outside Delhi.
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[-First published at 0330hrs on 14 April 2020,
-Updated at 1352hrs on 7 August 2020 about Mail Today
-Updated at 2030hrs on 5 August 2020 about the Andhra Bhoomi, Deccan Chronicle, Outlook, ET Gujarati, VCCircle, The Wire, Mail Today
-Updated at 0416hrs on 31 July 2020 about the Business Standard
-Updated at 1137hrs on 29 July 2020 about Scroll.in
-Updated at 0024hrs on 29 July 2020 about The Indian Express Group, Scroll.in and Jansatta
-Updated at 1430hrs on 28 July 2020 about The Indian Express Group
-Updated at 1216hrs on 28 July 2020 about The Indian Express’ MP correspondent,
-Corrected information about The Indian Express. Earlier version said two journalists from Mumbai bureau were asked to leave on 25 July,
-Updated at 1555hrs on 27 July 2020 about The Indian Express Group, corrected information about Outlook Publishing Group,
-Updated at 1454hrs on 20 July 2020. Corrected information about Outlook Publishing Group. The earlier version had a typo. The error is regretted.
-Updated at 2349hrs on 19 July 2020 about Outlook Publishing Group,
-Updated at 1425hrs on 17 July 2020 about Mid-Day,
-Updated at 0941hrs on 17 July 2020 about NDTV,
-Corrected information about the date of firings at The Indian Express. The latest round of layoffs at The Indian Express Group began on 11 July 2020. The earlier versions reported layoffs began on 13 July 2020. The error is regretted
-Updated at 1525hrs on 15 July 2020 about The Indian Express,
-Updated at 2035hrs on 7 July 2020 about The Federal,
-Updated at 1619hrs on 4 July 2020 about DT Next,
-Updated at 1536hrs on 4 July 2020 about The Bridge,
-Updated at 1650hrs on 3 July 2020 about Delhi Aaj Tak,
-Updated at 1350hrs on 3 July 2020 about the Business Standard,
-Updated at 1828hrs on 2 July 2020 about Kochi Post, Delhi Aaj Tak, SRM Group and Business Standard,
-Updated at 1353hrs on 1 July 2020 about NewsX,
-Corrected and updated information about the Business Standard at 1344hrs on 1 July 2020. The layoffs at the newspaper began on 29 June 2020. The earlier versions reported layoffs began on Tuesday, 30 June 2020. The error is regretted,
-Updated at 0035hrs on 1 July 2020 about the Business Standard,
-Updated at 1556hrs on 27 June 2020 about EPW staff demanding a roll back on salary cuts and added clarity about retroactive cuts for freelancers at OPEN magazine,
-Updated at 1922hrs on 26 June 2020 about CitySpidey,
-Updated at 1658hrs on 26 June 2020 about OPEN magazine,
-Updated at 1615hrs on 23 June 2020 about The Indian Express,
-Updated at 1435hrs on 23 June 2020. Added donation link under the headline,
-Updated at 1024hrs on 23 June 2020 about Cricket Samrat,
-Updated at 0911hrs on 23 June 2020 about The Hindu. Merged previous updates about the company with the latest update,
Updated at 2009hrs on 22 June 2020 about the letter sent by the employees of The Hindu to the management and notice issued by the Press Council of India to the editor of The Hindu,
-Corrected information about number of employees laid off at The Hindu’s Karnataka edition. The previous versions said 10 employees were laid off. The error was inadvertent,
-Updated at 0014hrs on 22 June 2020 about the Economic and Political Weekly and MSN India,
-Updated at 0801hrs on 19 June 2020 about India Today,
-Updated at 0017hrs on 19 June 2020 about The Hindu and Patrika,
-Updated at 1858hrs on 10 June 2020 about Hindustan Times, Mumbai,
-Updated at 2047hrs on 8 June 2020 about Firstpost,
-Updated 1547hrs on 8 June 2020 about Asiaville,
-Updated at 0100hrs on 1 June 2020 about The Telegraph Jharkhand and North East editions,
-Updated at 2138hrs on 2 June 2020 about Outlook,
-Updated at 2106hrs on 31 May 2020 about Delhi Aaj Tak,
-Updated at 0041hrs on 29 May 2020 about Poonam Saxena at HT,
-Updated at 1419hrs on 28 May 2020 about Sakal Times and Gomantak Times,
-Updated at 2138hrs on 27 May 2020 about Network 18,
-Updated at 1343hrs on 27 May 2020 about The New Indian Express, The Hindustan Times and the Mint,
-Updated at 1541hrs on 22 May 2020 about Vikatan Group,
-Updated at 1741hrs on 21 May 2020 about The Telegraph,
-Updated at 1249hrs on 21 May 2020 about The Times of India, Kerala
-Updated at 2326hrs on 20 May 2020 about The Times of India, Kerala
-Corrected information about The Caravan at 2051hrs on 20 May 2020. The earlier version said different employees were informed about the salary cuts between 12 May and 20 May. I am sorry for making the error,
-Updated at 1836hrs on 20 May 2020 about The Caravan,
-Updated at 1137hrs on 20 May 2020 with list of supporters,
-Updated at 1943hrs on 18 May 2020 about replies filed by the News Broadcasters Association and the Indian Newspaper Society in the Supreme Court,
-Updated at 1539hrs on 17 May 2020 about Times of India and The New Indian Express,
-Updated at 1157hrs on 16 May 2020 about Times of India, Kerala,
-Updated at 1004hrs on 16 May 2020 about Economic Times,
-Updated at 0125hrs on 14 May 2020 with CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license,
-Updated introductory paragraphs at 0104hrs on 14 May 2020
-Updated at 1725hrs on 13 May 2020 with a link to the internal email sent at The New Indian Express,
-Updated at 1030hrs on 13 May 2020 about The New Indian Express,
-Updated at 1339hrs on 12 May 2020 about ABP vacating rented premises and changes to labour laws in UP
-Updated at 1443hrs on 8 May 2020 about The Quint’s listing in BSE
-Updated at 1706hrs on 6 May 2020 about Tribune India, Fortune India and India Legal,
-Updated at 1426hrs on 1 May about delay in April salaries at The Indian Express and INS’s letter to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting,
-Updated at 2039hrs on 26 April 2020 about Patrika and Amar Ujala,
-Updated at 1456hrs on 25 April 2020 about The Hindu,
-Updated at 1818hrs on 23 April 2020 about NDTV,
-Updated at 1718hrs on 23 April 2020 about BCCL, Bloomberg-Quint,petition in the SC, banning of newspaper circulation in Maharashtra,
-Updated with information about the HT Media, Dainik Bhaskar, reversed the chronology of timeline to reflect the most recent changes as the first update and added a line about donating to the project in the middle of the text at 0240hrs on 17 April 2020,
-Updated with information about Sakal Times and India Ahead News at 0407hrs on 14 April 2020]