ಔಟ್ ಲುಕ್ ಮನಿ ಸಂಪಾದಕಿ ಮೋನಿಕಾ ಪತ್ರಿಕೆ ಬಿಟ್ಟು ಹೊರನಡೆದಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ತಾವು ಪತ್ರಿಕೆ ತೊರೆಯಲು ಕಾರಣವಾದ ಅಂಶಗಳ ಕುರಿತು ಅವರು ತಮ್ಮ ಸಹೋದ್ಯೋಗಿಗಳಿಗೆ ಇ-ಮೇಲ್ ಒಂದನ್ನು ಕಳುಹಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಆಧುನಿಕ ಪತ್ರಿಕೋದ್ಯಮ ಕಾರ್ಪರೇಟ್ ಜಗತ್ತಿನ ನಡುವೆ ಸಿಲುಕಿ ಅನುಭವಿಸುತ್ತಿರುವ ದ್ವಂದ್ವ, ತೊಳಲಾಟಗಳನ್ನು ಈ ಪತ್ರ ಧ್ವನಿಸುತ್ತದೆ. ಹಾಗೆಯೇ ಜಾಗತಿಕ ಆರ್ಥಿಕ ಹಿಂಜರಿತದ ಪರಿಣಾಮಗಳು ಪತ್ರಕರ್ತರ ಮೇಲೂ ಪ್ರಭಾವಿಸುತ್ತಿರುವುದನ್ನು ಈ ಪತ್ರ ಸ್ಪಷ್ಟವಾಗಿ ಸೂಚಿಸುತ್ತದೆ. ಪತ್ರಕರ್ತರು ಬಂಡವಾಳಶಾಹಿ ಮಾಲೀಕರ ಕೈಸೆರೆಗೆ ಸಿಕ್ಕಿ ತನ್ನತನವನ್ನು ಕಳೆದುಕೊಂಡರಷ್ಟೇ ಅವರ ವೃತ್ತಿಜೀವನ ಮುಂದುವರೆಯುತ್ತದೆ, ಇಲ್ಲವಾದರೆ ಇಲ್ಲ ಎಂಬ ಅಪಾಯಕಾರಿ ಸ್ಥಿತಿಯನ್ನು ಪತ್ರಿಕೋದ್ಯಮ ತಲುಪಿದೆ. ಪತ್ರಕರ್ತರು ಎದುರಿಸುತ್ತಿರುವ ಗಂಭೀರ ಸವಾಲುಗಳ ಕುರಿತು ಬೆಳಕು ಚೆಲ್ಲುವ ಈ ಪತ್ರ ಸುದ್ದಿಮಾತು ಓದುಗರಿಗಾಗಿ ಎಕ್ಸ್ಕ್ಲೂಸಿವ್!
I am deeply upset to tell you that I have resigned. For the last three years we've been like a close-knit family and to leave like this so suddenly is not nice I know. But there is an increasing conflict of interest between edit and management and my work ethics do not allow me to be a party to this. As always, transparency is the key word and I want to share why I am taking this step.
1. The OLM Awards are being used to fulfil the advertising goals of the Group. In fact, we were all part of the meeting where we were told that the award should have gone to LIC despite it not making the cut since it is a large company with many readers as policyholders. In a subsequent mail from the President, I was told that the concern is that LIC has withdrawn all ads to the Outlook Group. I see it as a clear conflict of interest between ad and edit, especially since edit has sincerely worked on the awards in an attempt to make them the most unbiased awards in the country -- and for which we involved eminent market professionals like Dr R.H. Patil of CCIL and Ravi Narian of NSE.
2. Edit is being blamed for falling circulation. When we were doing 1.5 lakh copies a fortnight there was no sharing of credit with edit by the management. But in the middle of a global downturn when the circulation of a market-linked product like OLM slips, edit is being blamed. I think all of you pull really hard, work sincerely and have re-created a sinking brand to a world class product that OLM is today. On behalf of all of you comprising this fantastic team as well as personally, I do not accept this blame.
3. There is direct management intrusion into edit now. We are being asked to get our cover stories cleared by the publisher and send our stock picks to Outlook Profit for clearance. I think this is an insult to a team that has proved its worth many times over.
I think the Group will be happier with a more pliable editor. I am not that person.
Good luck to you all. And keep in touch --- you guys rock! One last meeting tomorrow at 11? See you.