It began with a message circulated on Whatsapp that was apparently sent out by the Mumbai-based English language daily—Daily News & Analysis.
The message read:
”The management has decided to close Delhi DNA edition with immediate effect..There is no need to panic..Nobody in editorial is losing job..We are now converted into Bureau .Management wants to concentrate on Main Mumbai edition and get back its lost glory..We will absorb city colleagues into Bureau as much as v can...Take care and continue to work .We are still within 5 leading English language dailies in country....No need to panic..”
A Newslaundry.com report confirmed that DNA was shutting down its New Delhi edition. It noted that the print run of the newspaper had been curtailed from 25,000 to 5,000 recently. It also stated that the move came soon after a Subhash Chandra-owned Essel Group company had suffered a major loss in the stock markets. Essel is also a parent of DNA.
At least 15 members of the circulation and marketing department of the DELHI edition would lose their jobs. The message indicated that the Delhi edition’s reporters including those covering city news would be absorbed into the Delhi bureau.
The Delhi edition launched after several delays in October 2016. Before the launch, DNA had shut two editions in 2014 in Bangalore and Pune, according to this medianama report.