First (and only) on MxMIndia: Aroon Purie informs senior execs of Joy Chakraborthy’s appointment as CEO of TVTN

22 Oct,2011

By A Correspondent


Joy ChakraborthyIt’s now confirmed. Mr Joy Chakraborthy, Zee’s executive director (revenue and niche channels) and a veteran media industry professional, will be the new CEO of the TV Today Network. Mr Chakraborthy takes charge of the position left vacant due to the resignation of Mr G Krishnan early last month.

MxMIndia broke the story on Saturday, October 22 evening even as many senior executives in both media conglomerates were unaware of the development.

On Monday evening, TV Today Network chairman and managing director Aroon Purie met senior executives of the company and announced the move. Earlier in the day, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited officially announced that Mr Joy Chakraborthy has stepped down after a stint of six-and-a half years, to explore new vistas. Along with heading the media sales, Mr Chakraborthy was also the business unit head of niche channels which includes Zee Khana Khazana, Zee Café, Zee Studio, Zee Trendz, ETC and Zing, a communiqué said. At the time of writing, there was no written communication from TV Today on Mr Chakraborty’s appointment.

Mr Punit Goenka, MD & CEO, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (Zee) said, “I have accepted his resignation with a heavy heart. He did lead a strong team at Zee that will continue to be part of our family. The entire Zee family wishes Joy all the success in his new endeavors.”

Speaking on his tenure at Zee, Mr Chakraborthy said, “My journey for the past six-and-a-half years has indeed been extremely rewarding and fruitful, which I shall cherish. I am thankful to Zee for giving me the opportunity to explore and broaden my experience in diversified functions. Now as I step out to expand my horizons within the media industry and take a leap of faith to venture into a world beyond Zee, I wish Zee – Chairman, Punit as well as my colleagues – the very best. Since I will be at Zee for some time, I will indeed be ensuring a smooth transition of all my portfolios.”

ZEE will be announcing the appointment of a successor for this position in the near future.

Information courtesy Zee corporate site: Over and above Zee, Mr Chakraborthy has rich experience of 15 years in strategic media sales across media organization like The Times of India Group and Star Network. His academic armory includes graduation from National Defence Academy, Masters in Marketing Management from NMIMS and, more recently, the Advanced Management Programme from the Harvard Business School.

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