about Martin
 
   


Martin D’Souza worked with The Times of India for 13 years. His last year was as Editor of four publications – Rouge, Time ‘N Style, Just Jewellery and Viva Voyage.

Time ‘N Style is an international luxury magazine and as soon as Martin took over, he implemented smart changes that had the international watch world talking about the magazine in glowing terms. The final issue edited by Martin was a mega 150-pager dedicated to Baselworld 2006 and Geneva. This was something that was never done before in the five years of the magazine’s existence.

Dealing with women’s issues, Rouge was a challenge. From a fortnightly he turned the fortunes of the glossy to make it into a weekly.

 

Just Jewellery was conceptualized by Martin to cater to the jewellery fraternity of the country.

Viva Voyage, a travel supplement along with The Economic Times was a market driven venture featuring various holiday destinations.

THE BEGINNING...
Martin started his career at a very young age of 19, with The Free Press Journal, in 1987, as a sports journalist. It was to be the place where he would be firmly grounded in the principles of journalism and move onto to bigger achievements in the print media.

In 1989, Martin joined the now defunct The Indian Post. The Times of India beckoned in 1993, as The Independent took shape. However, a year later was born Bombay Times, a supplement that would change the way people looked at news in the city. He was with this paper from day one. Till the time he was asked to take over as Editor of the above-mentioned publications.

Martin is passionate about sports, entertainment and reading. He is in the process of giving finishing touches to two of his books.
Our Mother Margaret was his first book — a tribute to his late mother.

THERE HAVE BEEN MANY FIRSTS TO HIS CREDIT….

• Martin was the first to set the ball rolling for the spate of supplements that were to follow in the Times Group. In 1998, when Australia, under the captaincy of Mark Taylor visited India, he brought out a supplement, Howzatt, which was an instant hit.

• The same year he also introduced a column, Model Talk, in West Side Plus.

• When Page 3 became monotonous with the same people being featured at different parties, Martin introduced the ‘Babe Quotient’ which today has firmly perched itself on the first page of every newspaper.

• With the Bombay Times, Martin edited the best sports page in the city with every sport — from baseball, to basketball, to cycling, to boxing, to cricket — being given its due. Martin was the first to give Formula One its rightful place. When no national daily reported on the sport, he plastered the races in the sports pages of Bombay Times. Today, a Formula One race is front page news!

• In 1996, he had a ‘live' show on Times FM for the French Open and Wimbledon.

 
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