Mid-Day's editorial director, Shishir Joshi has called it quits. He put in his papers around 10 days back and his last working day will be March 31.
Confirming the development to afaqs!, Joshi says, "I have had a fruitful stint as the editorial head of the group. But I think it's time for me to move on."
Another senior member of Mid-day's editorial team, Krishna Warrier, editor - editions and technology, has also put in his papers. Regarding Warrier's exit, Manajit Ghoshal, chief executive officer, Mid-Day Infomedia, says, "Krishna (Warrier) wanted to start something of his own. This is the reason for his exit."
In the last 16 months that Joshi has been with Mid-Day, the afternoon daily, he was responsible for the convergence and synergy between print, radio, web and mobile. It was in his tenure that the afternooner was launched in Pune. The tabloid is currently published from four cities -- Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru and Pune.
Joshi also worked towards strengthening the web content of Mid-day. The re-pagination and redesign of the Saturday edition also took place during his tenure.
Joshi has spent a large part of his career in the electronic media. Prior to Mid-Day, he was executive editor and bureau chief, Mumbai, Aaj Tak. He has over two decades of experience in journalism, during which he has worked with CNN.com, Reuters and AFP. He has also contributed for UK based ITN-Channel 4 News and has been the South Asia Representative of Peter Arnett's Broadcast News Network (BNN TV).
However, Joshi's next destination is not clear. Chances are that he may move back to the electronic media, but when asked, Joshi says, "I will share my future plans in due course of time."
Armed with an LLB degree and a post graduate degree in Mass Communication, Joshi has also been with associated with the Sahara group as an editorial consultant, NDTV and the Indian Express.