Rohit Bansal has been elevated as Chief Operating Officer of Independent News Service (INS), the holding company of India TV. The announcement was made today by India TV founders Rajat Sharma, Chairman, and Ritu Dhawan, Managing Director. Prior to being made COO, Bansal was Managing Editor handling integrated marketing.
When contacted, Dhawan said, “As part of our core team, Rohit has contributed to the India TV growth story in a significant way. He gets into detail and has a rapport and trust with the team. I am sure his formalization as COO, Independent News Service, will challenge Rohit to do even better.”
On his part, Bansal said, “I am delighted and overwhelmed. Today, we have top quality leadership in INS as well as the strategic blueprint to match up to the best media companies in India. Therefore, this year our focus would be on executing better than everyone else.”
Bansal, 40, has been with India TV since September 2004. In his career of a little more than 16 years, Bansal has held a mix of corporate, branding and editorial positions both in TV and in print. Before moving to India TV, Bansal was Resident Editor of Financial Express, Delhi.
Bansal started with The Times of India, Delhi, as a Trainee Journalist in 1992 and soon reached the position of Senior Business Correspondent. He then shifted to Television 18 as Special Correspondent for Asia Business News. He then moved to Zee Telefilms in 1997 as the launch Editor of Zee Business. He was also Channel Brand Manager at Zee News.
Bansal has also held corporate assignments such as Head of Delhi operations of Burson-Marsteller Roger Pereira, a PR consultancy; and General Manager-Marketing & Business Development, Suncity Projects and Essel Housing.
Bansal has also interned in Scotland for The Sunday Times. He has done his education from St Stephen’s College, The Times Centre for Media Studies and the University of Westminster in London.