RPG Publications, the print media venture of the RPG Group has announced the launch of its feature and current affairs weekly magazine, ‘Open’, by the end of March 2009. The magazine, according to a company release will target metros with an initial print run of one lakh copies. The news stand price of ‘Open’ magazine will be Rs 40.
“I don’t think we are going to compete with India Today and Outlook, except that we are weekly. We are not positioning ourselves as a news magazine, we calling ourselves as a feature and current affairs magazine. My reader, I expect, has already been overloaded with information newspapers, which are thicker than ever before, news channels, and the Internet, so we are not looking at feeding our readers with the news of the week once more. We will concentrate more on features, which is trends; we go beyond what is already known to the reader. If we cannot add any value to the information that our reader is familiar with, we will not make it the cover story ,” Sandipan Deb , Editor ,Open said .
Deb adds : “We will do more think pieces that are more of commentary and essay rather than just reporting. The reporting would be through the photographs. We don’t want to be ‘me too’, instead want to create a category for ourselves. We will have 60 pages of editorial and 10-15 pages of advertisement initially. ‘Open’ is modeled on the lines of ‘Time’ and ‘New Yorker’.”
Umesh Kumar, Publisher, RPG Publications, commented on the target audience, “We are looking at person who is well-educated, is more likely to be a post graduate professional or self employed or in a MNC set-up, a person who is career-focused and who wants to enrich his knowledge. We are looking at a person who is well aware and evolved in terms of his media consumption.”
On the distribution, Kumar said, “We will be present on newsstands and will be outsourcing our distribution.” He justified the decision to enter the market during the current slowdown, “I believe it is both ways; it’s a good time because it gives you a lot of opportunity to hire good talent, because the market is down and nobody is really hiring, so can acquire good talent. Secondly, on the marketing front, at this time if one is able to innovate and do things in a different way, the cost of entry could be lower.”