offthecuff

Barkha Dutt, ex-NDTV group editor and Shekhar Gupta, ex-Indian Express editor, have launched a new media venture called ThePrint, which aims to build multimedia platforms in the digital and events space.

ThePrint currently produces and telecasts a monthly series called #OffTheCuff on NDTV 24×7 and NDTV Profit/Prime. The first event took place yesterday, with discussions with Nikesh Arora about the economy, education system, business and other subjects. Users can follow ThePrint at @theprintindia for further updates.

Interestingly, co-founder Shekhar Gupta, a long-time Indian Express editor, had set up his venture Mediascape in December 2014. That initiative had a similar business model and was to produce two new television shows for NDTV’s English news channel. Note that Barkha Dutt had stepped down from her role as editor at NDTV to set up her own multimedia company and public policy group in February last year.

Developments in digital media:

– Last month, Bangalore-based online media publication The News Minute closed an undisclosed angel round of funding from Quintillion Media

– The same month,  DealStreetAsia, a digital media platform based in Singapore, raised an undisclosed amount in its first round of funding.

– In November, media company Tech in Asia announced its expansion to India, two years after it started covering the Indian startup scene on its main website.

– The same month, Mashable launched Mashable India, a local edition of the popular website, in partnership with India.com. The company has a dedicated editorial team based in Mumbai and New Delhi for coverage from India.

– In August, Dubai based media and entertainment company, launched 101India.com, an online youth targeted content portal with videos, photo essays, blogs and listicles

– Media and news startup ScoopWhoop raised $4 million in a round of funding from Kalaari Capital.

– In September, Quintype secured $3.25 million from Raghav Bahl and other investors.