Online news publication The Wire has launched its Hindi edition. It looks like that the Hindi website went live in early February 2017. The oldest news story on the publication is dated February 6, 2017. While the publication mentioned Siddharth Varadarajan, Sidharth Bhatia and M.K.Venu as the founding Editors of the English publication, the Hindi edition will be headed by Brijesh Singh.
Other editorial members include Prashant Verma (formerly with Tehelka), Amit Singh (ex-Dainik Jagran) and Meenakshi Tiwari (ex All India Radio and Telhelka Hindi).
The Wire ran a few ads on Facebook where it showed veteran television journalist Vinod Dua would be doing a programme for the website.
Both editions (English and Hindi) of the Wire are published by the Foundation for Independent Journalism, a not-for-profit company. Both the publications are partly funded by the Independent and Public Spirited Media Foundation, which is a public charitable trust.
The Wire received a funding of Rs 1.95 crore from the Independent and Public Spirited Media Foundation in the form of a grant commencing August 2016. The trustees of the Foundation include Ashish Dhawan,private equity investor and philanthropist; C.B. Bhave,Chairperson of the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS); Dr. Ramachandra Guha, historian and writer; and T.N. Ninan, Chairman & Editorial Director of Business Standard. In addition, the Wire also received a sum of Rs. 50 lakhs as donation from Rohan Murty for The Wire’s science coverage.
Online publications are increasingly publishing in regional languages. Last month, Indian Express Digital, the Indian Express group’s digital arm, launched IEmalayalam.com, operating out of Kerala. This is in addition to its existing Hindi and Marathi publications. The publication plans to launch sites in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Bangla next.
Apart from The Wire, Catch News also has Hindi website as does IndiaSpend. In October 2015, Times Internet launched a regional language news and entertainment portal called Samayam in Tamil, Malayalam, and Telugu. The same month, the Quint launched a Hindi version of its website.
Correction: An earlier version of the story said that the The Wire Hindi was headed by Vinod Dua but was later corrected by the company. We apologize for the error.