India TV gets sent for polls, refreshes new top deck for newsroom

13 Dec,2013

By A Correspondent


This is what news channels would call a ‘Diwali’. The big day is coming up and before the festivities begin in right earnest, it’s get to clean up the house and make it sparkling and bright.


QW Naqvi

After bringing in QW Naqvi, India TV has announced a round of senior-level announcements. First off is Amitabh, who after spending 18 years with Aaj Tak, joins as Senior Executive Editor. Then there’s Pranay Yadav coming in as Executive Editor. He returns to India TV after a stint at TV 9 and Shivendra Kumar, who was earlier with ABP News, joins as Deputy Executive Editor.


The newsgathering team of India TV is now led by Executive Editor Rahul Choudhry who also comes from Aaj Tak. The team is supported by Political Editor Sukesh Ranjan who was with IBN 7. Choudhry is also joined by his Aaj Tak colleagues Shamsher Singh as Editor – Current Affairs, Prateek Trivedi as Associate Editor and Sundeep Sonwalker as Deputy Editor.


The content style of the leading channel has changed to in-depth coverage and deep-delving analysis, informs a communiqué.


Rajat Sharma

Editor-in-chief Rajat Sharma will now be on primetime with ‘Aaj Ki Baat – Rajat Sharma Ke Saath’. Mr Sharma, who resumes a daily news show after a gap of over four years, said: “The India TV newsroom is fully charged to capture the excitement of upcoming general elections. Extensive plans have been made to report, analyse and present the battle for the next Lok Sabha to our viewers.”


“Our viewers can rest assured of most accurate and responsible news reporting, which will further cement our leadership position in Hindi News genre,” said Editorial Director QW Naqvi.


Ritu Dhawan

Commenting on the new appointments, Ritu Dhawan, MD & CEO, India TV said: “When the channel announced the appointment of QW Naqvi as the Editorial Director in October, it was always on cards that the content team will be further strengthened to gear up for the biggest event in news genre, the general elections slated for 2014, to begin with.”


“All such efforts are a testimony to our commitment to broadcast a perfect mix of news, views and analysis to our ever-evolving audiences and we are sure that we will be able to create and maintain a perfect content mix,” she added hinting at more defining announcements, beyond appointments, to follow soon.


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