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Alok Verma to head TV Today spl. projects

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NEW DELHI: Changes are taking place in TV Today Network-run television channels as it looks at expanding its current level of business activities.

One of the two executive producers in Aaj Tak channel, Alok Verma, has been shifted out of his present assignment last week only.

Former Navbharat Times editor, Ram Kripal Singh, who joined over a fortnight ago, is now overlooking Verma's responsibilities.

Confirming the changes in the organisation, Aaj Tak news director QW Naqvi told indiantelevision.com, "Ram Kripal Singh is in charge of assignments, while Alok Verma has been made the head of special projects."

Naqvi, however, refused to give any details about the special project(s), which Verma would be heading as an executive producer.

Aaj Tak, the country's No. 1 news channel till now, is also in search of an executive producer (output), a post that had fallen vacant after Shazi Zaman quit the post to join Star News about a month back. It is not yet certain
whether an internal candidate would be promoted to EP's post, or somebody from outside would be brought in for this senior position.

Verma, who has been made head of special projects, cut his teeth in journalism in the print medium like Ram Kripal Singh. He has worked in the past in the Lokmat group, Zee News and Star India in senior positions.

Meanwhile, search is also on in TV Today Network, whose scrip was quoting at Rs. 90.90 on the Bombay Stock Exchange today at 1300 hours, for a person to head the company's fledgling radio venture, Radio Today.

Radio Today's head, Nischint Chawla, quit last week and was also relieved on Friday by the company to pursue other assignments, which now turns out to be a stint with Rediff.com as the head of its US operations.

Though India Today Group's chief financial officer, Anil Mehra, has been entrusted to oversee the radio business, at present carried out under the Red FM brand name, company sources said this was an interim measure.

"We are in the look out for a person to head Radio Today, but this may take some time as we do not want to hurry things through," a company source said.

Amongst his other assignments, Chawla has worked with the Rupert Murdoch-controlled Star and a KK Modi group company, Modi Entertainment Network.

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