MUMBAI: Is senior journo Nikhil Wagle going to end up as another casualty at the Network18 group?
What has got tongues wagging is a tweet which Wagle sent out this morning in which he stated: "My decision to leave Mum (read Mumbai) is final. Need to get away from crowds and madness! Want ultimate peace."
Wagle is editor in chief at IBN Lokmat which is part of IBN18 which itself is part of the Network18 group. Apparently, he has been on leave for some time now.
RTI activist and senior journalist Vinita Deshmukh questioned him on his tweet, “What are u saying? Where are you going? Will you be the next TV star to desert us?" Wagle responded by saying: "Will always be with people n activists like u! Don't know about TV!"
So we at indiantelevision.com also got into the twitter game and messaged him asking him what was going on. He responded after some time, saying he was on leave. And when questioned whether his leave was permanent or just a short break, his quick repartee was "Wait and watch!"
Wagle tweeted later at close to midnight: "Please don't spread rumors. I am with@ibnlokmattv. Not resigned. On leave.Was hospitalized n adviced rest." (updated at 11:23 pm, 28 June 2014).
Wagle has worked with Doordarshan as well as newspaper Aapla Mahanagar and has been with IBN Lokmat since its launch in 2008.
Currently, IBN18 editor in chief Rajdeep Sardesai and CNN-IBN deputy editor Sagarika Ghose are on leave. Though Rajdeep has calmed his team by saying that he would be back in July before he went on leave earlier this month, the rumour is that he is not returning.
After Reliance announced its acquisition of the network last month from founder Raghav Bahl, group CEO B Saikumar, COO Ajay Chacko, CFO RDS Binni Bawa and several others put in their papers. It is unknown who will be taking their positions. Meanwhile, the open offer for Network18 is slated to go on till August.