Total blackout?

IN Media Watch Briefs | 16/10/2013

Kumar Mangalam Birla does not own the Hindustan Times. But his loyal relatives there have ensured that the paper completely blacked out a story which everybody else had as a first lead--the filing of an FIR in the coal scam against Birla. Or was it some loyal senior staffer who took the decision? Its sister publication Mint at least has it as a single column story on  page 1. And curiously enough, HT Online had this story on October 15th. So what happened to the paper that came out on October 16th morning?

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