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#Throwback2020: Top promotions in the Indian news industry

Over the year, many mediapersons were elevated, others were handed additional responsibilities


NEW DELHI: While 2020 was marked by many highs and lows for the Indian news industry, some newspersons’ star only rose.Here’s the second part of the year-end series on people’s movements in the Indian news industry,focusing on top-rank promotions within the organisations and those who took on additional charges. 

India Today

Dinesh Bhatia was elevated to CEO of India Today Group. He was earlier the group CFO. 

Mail Today deputy editor Darpan Singh was named the executive editor for Indiatoday.in. The announcement came after India Today announced the closureofMail Today’s print edition.

Rahul Shaw was promoted to the post of CEO - TV and radio, Salil Kumar to CEO - digital, KR Arora to COO - distribution and international, and Yatendra Tyagi was made TVTN CFO. Manoj Sharma took on the new responsibilityof CEO - magazines, LMI. 

India TV

In its decision “to rethink, rework, and retool” its business strategies, India TV announced promotions for four of its key persons looking after business revenue, corporate affairs, television operations, and growth and monetisation aspects. 

Sudipto Chowdhury was elevated to chief revenue officer, Puneet Tandon as chief officer - corporate affairs, Rohit Lal as chief officer - television operations, and Gulab Makhija,  in addition to his role of CFO, was given the portfolio of CEO for growth and monetisation. 

Mathrubhumi Group

After the demise of late chairman and managing director MP Veerendra Kumar, Mathrubhumi Board elected PV Chandran as chairman and MV Shreyams Kumar as managing director. PV Chandran also continues to function as the whole-time director and managing editor.

PV Chandran

PV Gangadharan, erstwhile director, was appointed as the whole-time director and Mayura MS was tapped as a whole-time additional director of the company. 
Mathrubhumi also announced the elevation of Naveen Sreenivasan as head media solutions TRD (television, radio, anddigital). 


Firstpost business head - English news cluster Azim Lalani was elevated as COO - brand solutions and convergence for Network18 digital. He was also given the additional charge of branded content for CNN-News18. Kishore Ajwani was given the post of managing editor from deputy managing editor. 

Smriti Mehra was promoted from the post of COO - business news to CEO - business news cluster. She is now responsible for the P&L of this cluster and CNBC digital. Additionally, News18 Languages product function Sudipto Nandy was tapped as News18.com product head - general news. 

Karthik Subbaraman was appointed the managing editor for the network’s digital news operations. Prior to this, Subbaraman was the editor overseeing three southern channels, a responsibility he passed on to Vivek Narayan.

Karthik Subbaraman

Preeti Sahni was handed the charge of COO - Forbes India; Siddharth Saini shouldered the responsibility of handling English news, business news and Forbes verticals, as well as international business. 

The Hindu Group

Malini Parthasarathy was named the chairperson of the board of directors. She took over the reins from N Ram, who stepped down from the position at the age of 75. Prior to this, Parthasarathy had been the co-chairperson.

Additionally, publisher of The Hindu Group’s various newspapers N Ravi was elected as the chairperson of Kasturi & Sons Ltd. 

The New Indian Express

The publisher promoted VP - marketing and digital operations Amitabh Bishnoi to VP for digital properties. 

The Quint

The Quint announced the elevation of national revenue head Devika Dayalto the position of its chief revenue officer in September this year. 

Times Network

Times Network president - strategy and business head - English entertainment cluster Vivek Shrivastava was given the additional charge of the network’s news business. In addition to Movies Now, Romedy Now, MN+, MNX, the news channels Times Now, ET Now and Mirror Now were added to his portfolio.

Vivek Shrivastava

TV9 Network

TV9 Network strengthened its management team by promoting president Vikram K as COO - south. He will be driving the group’s flagship channels TV9 Telugu and TV9 Kannada. It also announced the appointment of Raktim Das as COO - Studio 9.

Republic Media Network

Group president Bhaskar Das was elevated to chief strategy officer. Group CFO S Sundaram was given additional responsibility as group president. Hersh Bhandari and Priya Mukherjee were also tapped as COOs.

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