Radia Tapes: (20090612-104717) Radia with Manoj Warrier
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In a chat with Radia on June 12, 2009, colleague Manoj Warrier discusses different headlines in Mumbai and Delhi for the same story that appeared in the Economic Times. Radia asks him to write to ET editor Rahul Joshi that "you have a serious problem with your desk in Delhi". They also discuss an "incorrect" edit in ET on gas not being given a tax exemption. "I'm surprised (M.K.) Venu has done that…I'm very surprised," says Radia.
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Nira: Hello! Manoj.
Manoj: I didn't realise that the headline in Delhi is different than what has come in Bombay on that ET story.
Manoj: In Bombay it is Petro-Minister to meet on KG Gas. I didn't realise what has come in Delhi.
Manoj: I just checked and realised that Reliance Gas doesn't find takers kind of a thing.
Manoj: We have spoken to the journalist and we have asked them to discuss it with her desk saying what nonsense is this.
Manoj: Because it is not a question of we not finding takers, it is a question of the restrictive policy and that is what the Bombay guys have said that who is the Petro-Minister is meeting to discuss this issue?
Manoj: So she said that yes, I'll discuss it.
Nira: That's the point I am trying to make Manoj that they are in control of the debt and therefore may I suggest that you send me a mail giving this highlight so I can send it to Rahul Joshi and tell him that you have a serious problem at your desk in Delhi and I have been trying to tell you this before.
Nira: This is the story that appeared in Bombay, what is discussed and what is being carried and therefore I do believe that there is something wrong with the desk and I have been trying to tell you this before. You need to check it out.
Manoj: Ok, I'll do this.
Nira: Explaining the whole issue so you send it to me so that I can send it to him and explain.
Nira: What is the context of the story and the headlines comes out with a completely... The thing is that, that is the impression it creates no Manoj?
Manoj: Ok. I know... That is why i called you back immediately after I realised because I didn't realise that this was the headline that had come in the paper. Ok. I'll just send you this.
Nira: Yes, but this confirms my suspicion that there is control of the desk in Delhi.
Nira: And of course their attempt of the gas price, of not having any takers and therefore reducing the price is more valid no?
Manoj: Of course.
Nira: You can imply that in your mail na
Nira: You can say that there are those that have been fighting litigation battles for bringing the price of gas down and such headlines suit them best.
Nira: And you can send a...
Manoj: ET mein ek
edit aaya hai
(What about an edit that has come in ET) which I am planning to write to Venu directly saying that it is an incorrect edit after I run it past PMS in terms of mail to him saying that it is a wrong perspective gained...
Nira: What is it?
taxation pe jo hai...
(That thing about taxation...) saying that gas should not be given the tax exemption.
Manoj: I'll just draft the mail and send it to PMS so that you can just approve it.
Nira: But I am surprised that Venu has done that. I am very surprised. When did that appear?
Manoj: Today, Today!
Nira: Ok. I have not seen it. I saw that only the Raja Spectrum and Kanimozhi one. I think you should shoot off a mail to Venu with a copy to me straight away.
Manoj: I don't want to factually be wrong so I'll just run it past him and then send it to him.
Nira: Ok. But Manoj, but send it pretty quickly and (inaudible) both the articles. OK! Bombay and Delhi.
Manoj: Sure, I'll get back to you immediately but I'll just...
Nira: What are the headlines in across in other regions?
Manoj: I don't know, I'll check and I'll send you all.