Rajasthan Patrika to launch Catch News with Shoma Chaudhury at helm

08 May,2015

By A Correspondent


What’s with the hinterland media groups and their desire to get into the English language. Bhopal-based Dainik Bhaskar group jved with the Zee group to launch news daily DNA in 2005. A few years later – in May 2010, to be precise – the Jagran group acquired Mid-Day, but this was not before launching a hybrid newspaper called ‘iNext’.  And now the third biggie from the region – Rajasthan Patrika – has announced its entry to the big world of English media with ‘Catch News’.


Catch, as per a note put up on a LinkedIn announcement inviting applications for various positions, has been described as an “ambitious new media platform that combines the solidity of traditional journalism with a new-age approach to storytelling”. And it adds: “Catch will have a distinct voice. Informed. Questioning. We believe the time is ripe for an Indian digital news platform that at its core has three beliefs: journalism matters; quality matters; individuality matters.“


A communiqué was reportedly issued, but MxMIndia didn’t receive it. The announcement though is juicy enough to give out some info. “We live in a complex, highly interconnected world where events, people and decisions both within India and elsewhere impact our lives every day. To navigate what it all means, people need not just information, but interpretation, insight and analysis. Our challenge is to provide that insight in a way that is engaging, relevant, entertaining and inventive.”


So, Catch will be based out of New Delhi (note: not new media capital Noida) and will be run by former Tehelka grande dame Shoma Chaudhury.  Catch’s team of astute, experienced journalists and hardcore digital natives are a perfect reflection of its intriguing duality, the announcement says.


Ms Chaudhury is known to be a tough editor, and one doesn’t know whether the Tehelka experience has softened or hardened her. But who we are to add our ‘vishesh tippany’ on anyone?!


The Kotharis (who own the Patrika group) are fine with it, the journos who’ve joined her are cool with it, so we should just await the entry of another exciting publication in the ‘breaking views’ category. In no specific order: Scroll, Quartz, HuffingtonPostIndia, DailyO, FirstPost, Quint… uff, did we miss out on any?


The story goes that the MxMIndia boss was also contemplating a HuffPost-like site four years back, but the lack of a revenue model then took him away to set up MxMIndia. Sigh.


Chalo, chalo. If you are interested in working with Ms Chaudhury, apply to jobs@catchnews.com. You could well be their Prize Catch. If you are not, just wait for it to happen. Catch eeeet!


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