Aaj Tak veteran QW Naqvi joins India TV as Editorial Director

17 Oct,2013

By A Correspondent

 

QW Naqvi

In a development that could have a far-reaching impact on the equations in the Hindi news genre, Q W Naqvi, former head of the TV Today newsroom, has joined India TV as Editorial Director.

 

Mr Naqvi, who left the India Today group last year, was rumoured to have joined G Krishnan, in a news channel venture. With Mr Naqvi taking up this assignment, there is uncertainty on the status of that start-up. At India TV, he will be reporting to Rajat Sharma, Chairman & Editor-in-chief.

 

Rajat Sharma

Welcoming Mr Naqvi, Mr Sharma said: “Naqviji is a hugely respected professional, with his experience, knowledge and enigma, we definitely see India TV growing faster than ever in its quest to reign supreme in the Hindi news genre and beyond. With elections round the corner, I think we are on are way, to create a right mix for our viewers and advertisers alike.”

 

Commenting on his appointment, Mr Naqvi said, “This opportunity comes as a huge prospect for me to contribute towards furthering India TV’s charge for cementing its leadership position in the news genre.”

 

Starting his career in 1980 as trainee journalist in Hindi with the Times of India group, Mr Naqvi has worked at Navbharat Times, and later the ABP group’s “Ravivar”, where he was Chief Reporter. Before moving to Aaj Tak, he was part of the team that started Hindi daily Chauthi Duniya.

 

Interestingly, it was in Mr Naqvi’s tenure at Aaj Tak that India TV emerged as a potent force in the Hindi news genre and in fact for a period, even surpassed the leader in ratings. Naqviji, according to those who have worked with him, say he is an excellent newsroom strategist. “He can think like the youngest person in the newsroom and add to the overall energy of the channel,” said a former colleague.

 

Meanwhile, India TV has been putting finishing touches to its elections programming and has simultaneously also worked on elevating its image through a slew of high profile events and initiatives (Disclosure: India TV had sponsored MxMIndia’s self-defence workshops in media agencies earlier this year).

 

 

 

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