Mukund Padmanabhan has been appointed as the editor-in-chief of The Hindu newspaper. Padmanabhan had served as the editor of the Business Line, its business paper, since 2012. Kasturi and Sons, the publishers of The Hindu, also added that Raghavan Srinivasan, associate editor of the Business Line, would serve as new the editor of Business Line.
Earlier in January, Malini Parthasarathy resigned as the editor-in-chief of The Hindu newspaper, citing differences with the company board. It was reported that differences regarding spends at the newly launched edition in Mumbai led to friction between her and the board. Suresh Nambath, who was the national editor, was taking charge of the day-to-day affairs of the paper.
Padmanbhan has been with The Hindu for more than 15 years. Prior to this, he also worked with the Indian Express briefly. He was also oversaw many of The Hindu’s supplements including the Sunday Magazine, Literary Review and Metro Plus.
Changes during Parthasarathy’s tenure
Parthasarathy was appointed as the editor-in-chief of The Hindu less than a year ago, in February last year and was responsible for all editorial operations, and for selection of news. She was appointed as editor of The Hindu in October 2013. At the time, the company had undergone a restructuring, abolishing the CEO post altogether.
In addition, Siddharth Vardarajan, who was brought in as the company’s first professional Editor (i.e., not family), was re-designated as Contributing Editor and Senior Columnist for the publication, following which he resigned.
In August 2014, The Hindu had asked its journalists to avoid sharing or commenting on the content of competing publications, and ensure “in our enthusiasm and urge to participate in an online discussion or debate, we do not end up doing a favour to the competition.”
In September the same year, The Hindu launched a real estate site called RoofandFloor.com, with a focus on properties in Chennai.