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Siddharth Vardarajan launches digital news start-up ‘The Wire’

Senior Journalist and former Editor of The Hindu, Siddharth Varadarajan, has launched his website, The Wire. 

Senior Journalist and former Editor of The Hindu, Siddharth Varadarajan, has launched his website, The Wire. 

According to a Live Mint report, the website will cover different aspects of the news genre such as politics, economy, science, law and news around the world.

Sidharth Bhatia is also the Founding Editor of The Wire. He is a journalist and writer based in Mumbai. He was among the editors who launched DNA in 2005 and managed its editorial and opinion section. He writes on politics, society and culture. An Associate Press Fellow of Wolfson College and Cambridge University, Bhatia’s last book was India Psychedelic, the story of a Rocking Generation.

There are other contributors to the website namely Shobhan Saxena, Gautam Bhatia, Beena Sarwar.
Raghu Karnad is also the contributing Editor of The Wire. He has been a magazine editor, a reporter and is the author of Farthest Field, an account of India’s Second World War.

Recently, announcing the launch, Siddharth Vardarajan tweeted, “Ok folks, @thewire_in, our new media initiative, is finally live. Please go to thewire.in now!”

According to a Live Mint report, the digital news startup has  tied up with news agencies like Press Trust of India (PTI) and Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) for content and is looking to raise Rs. 10-12 crore in the next six months.

“We want to build a platform for independent journalism. The decline in editorial standards in our country is closely linked with the business model of the Indian media that often leads to editorial compromises. We want to be a mainstream news platform free of commercial and political pressures,” Varadarajan, was quoted in the report as saying. 

“We want to be a news site that publishes original content and is reporter driven. But that’s a long-term idea that kicks in once we have the monetary aspect worked out,” Varadarajan told Live Mint. The website will be optimized for all devices, including mobiles and tablets.

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