Manu Joseph quits Open, successor not yet named

07 Jan,2014

By A Correspondent


The magazine meant to be a contemporary, not-necessarily-political newsmagazine, but the record on its editorial top deck has been mixed, one could even say troubled.


While there have been rave reviews for Open’s content and packaging, there have been several controversies related to its editorial staffing since a little after it launched.


First was the exit of CP Surendran, now editor-in-chief at dna. When he quit, he was quoted as saying: “I’m looking for a very good job at a sane place if one exists”. Later, in July 2010, Sandipan Deb had a controversial exit. A few months back there was Political Editor Hartosh Singh Bal’s sacking that made news and now comes the news of Manu Joseph quitting as Editor.


He announced it on his Facebook page with the following post: “I have quit Open. Will continue as interim editor until a new editor is appointed or the end of March, whichever is sooner. Third novel, come to me fast.”


Open magazine is part of the RP-Sanjiv Goenka group. There have been rumours that the group is also in discussions with People magazine, which was until recently published by Outlook group, to revive the India edition.

Mr Bal, btw,  has written a comment on the resignation on It’s titled Manu Joseph’s resignation: The perils of editorial surrender.

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