Business daily Mint, jointly owned by HT Media and The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), decided to end their seven-year partnership, under which the US-based paper had provided editorial content to the Indian newspaper. WSJ said its content would now be only available on its website. “We’ve ended our syndication arrangement with WSJ effective today,” R Sukumar, editor, Mint, said in a letter to its employees. He said the decision wouldn’t have any impact on the newspaper. “It doesn’t change anything (we’d anyway stopped using any significant amount of content from WSJ several years ago), other than necessitating the removal of WSJ from the online signatures of some people in the newsroom who continue to use it despite instructions to the contrary,” the letter said.
Under the partnership deal, Mint received complete access to WSJ content and could publish it in its pages and website on an exclusive basis.
WSJ operates an India homepage and an India-focussed blog. Mint mentions the content partnership with the WSJ on its masthead as well as on the logo on its website.