India TV in midst of major editorial overhaul

MUMBAI: After slightly over nine months of existence, the Rajat Sharma-promoted India TV has effected a major restructuring plan in the editorial domain. The spin-offs from this exercise will be visible across various content genres.

Executive editor Hemant Sharma will now move to the output function. As a top-level editorial resource, he will give strength and editorial might to the morning band, as also give a charge to big-time investigative and political stories and stings carried out by India TV in public interest. Under Sharma, some programming innovations are expected.



      Executive editor Sudhir Chaudhry will move to the input function. He will deliver and modernize the assignment function and introduce innovation in news procurement. The proactive nature of his job profile is expected to give teeth to the inflow of stories and optimize the use of India TV’s unparalleled network of reporters across the country. Sudhir will also head news events and forward planning.

Speaking to India TV chairman Rajat Sharma points out, " It is an exercise to revamp the news functioning and make it more vibrant. Like every channel, we are also looking at infusing efficiency in the team."

Editor (Business) Rohit Bansal will work on primetime evening band shows: Evening News, Aaj Ki Baat, Showtime, Al Jazeera, India Live and Speed News. Head of News Ramesh Parida will oversee all news operations, take up the challenge of driving new audiences into news viewing and consolidate India TV’s equity among influential publics.

Rakesh Tripathi will be chief of the New Delhi bureau, while Sachin Sahay will look after all copy and story production teams. KK Dutta will head the merged assignment and transport operations as well as trouble shooting, while Anuranjan Jha will juggle between morning and evening bands as also special events.

India TV’s popular Showtime programme will have a new avatar and new programmes like Agla Daur and Chat Masala will be unveiled shortly.

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