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February 23, 2009

Interview with N. Ram of The Hindu

ContentSutra has an interview with N. Ram, the editor-in-chief of the The Hindu newspaper. The interview is especially interesting in the context of how newspapers - including The New York Times - are struggling to cope with competition from the Internet. Excerpts:

On the impact of the Internet:
Internet penetration in India is not even close to a stage when you feel cannibalization (of print) will occur. That gives you some comfort. I’m very pleased with the present situation, when print is still growing, and you can do as much or as little as you want on the Internet. When Internet penetration reaches, say, 200 million users, then the game might change. But even then, where’s the revenue model?

On the reported deal with Australia’s Fairfax Media:

That was true earlier, but then Fairfax went into a tailspin. The CEO resigned due to differences with the board etc. So I guess that is that. Nothing is on currently.

On whether The Hindu is likely to enter into a business relationship with the UK's The Guardian
We hope so. There have been some ideas, but these are early days.

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