Ads down, duty up, Times Group halts daily Mirror editions

Fears are that investigative local journalism will be a casualty of Bennett, Coleman & Co's closure of two Mirror editions.

The Times of India publisher says publication of the Pune Mirror will cease, while Mumbai Mirror is to be relaunched as a weekly.

An official statement did not mention the Ahmedabad Mirror and Bangalore Mirror editions, or comment on the future of staff, other than noting the "truly valued" contribution of staff and thanking them for "hard work and great effort".

Times Group said the decision had been "extremely difficult and painful", and followed months of discussions and the hope of a government stimulus which has so far not materialised.

It said the 15 year-old Mumbai Mirror had suffered a heavy hit in terms of revenue, "weighed down by an import duty that has added to newsprint costs".

Both brands will retain a "strong digital presence". They were praised for local, investigative reporting on Twitter.

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