Times Group’s Samir and Vineet Jain want to break up

The brothers have been at loggerheads for a while. Discussions for a mutually agreeable separation are now underway.

One of the largest and most influential news media companies in India, Bennett Coleman and Co. Ltd, is being evaluated for a split, according to three people aware of the development, all of whom asked not to be named. 

BCCL, better known as the Times Group, is seeing a clash between the brothers Samir Jain and Vineet Jain; the Jain family owns and operates the media behemoth that publishes India’s largest English newspaper, The Times of India.

The clash is rooted in disagreements over how the business should be run and who should have the last word on company decisions. …


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Ashish is the editor-in-chief of The Morning Context. One of the best-known business feature writers in India, he was selected for Germany’s Robert Bosch Stiftung Fellowship in 2012 and received the Mumbai Press Club RedInk certificate of recognition in 2015 for his story “Inside the Network 18 takeover”. Before joining The Morning Context, Ashish co-founded The Ken, where he was managing editor. His previous writing stints include Mint, Forbes India and The Economic Times.





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