The Indian Express and The New Indian Express newspapers are in talks to consider a merger. Sources have told Delhi Durbar that while these talks are still some distance from advancing, they are being pursued seriously by the promoters of the two newspapers.
The two newspapers are owned by different branches of the Goenka family and were split up after the death of Ramnath Goenka in 1991. While The Indian Express is stronger in the north of the country, The New Indian Express is extensively published in the south. Compared to each other, The New Indian Express is also reputed to have higher circulation and revenues.
This comes at a time when media in the country is facing a resource crunch and insiders admit that such a merger would inevitably lead to downsizing of staff.