Popular news edition The India Today has decided to shut down print editions of its magazine in three south languages – Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam. The concerned members are unable to keep those magazines viable and that the group was not able to absorb the losses anymore. So, they have taken this decision inorder to maintain no risks.
Aroon Purie has written a letter to his staff on this regard.
"The India Today weekly editions of Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam have been incurring loss for over two decades. We have been absorbing the losses so far in the hope that they will turnaround. After great deal of deliberation we have come to the conclusion that we don’t see the viability of these editions in the foreseeable future. It is, therefore, with a heavy heart that we have decided to discontinue these editions.
"As we work through the change, I assure you that any exiting employee will be fairly compensated. The office in Chennai will now be a smaller Bureau. Some colleagues who are already contributing to the English edition will be retained in ITE and be part of this Bureau.
"This week will be the last edition from the South.”
The magazine has a great following in the south equally with the North but now only the hindi version will be available. The sudden decision has been a shock to wide readers from the South and few readers also expressed their unhappiness on the decision taken.