Arup Ghosh is joining Dainik Jagran TV as Director-News from December 1. The channel will be launched in March 2005. Ghosh also told exchange4media that his long-term colleague Shireen Sethi will be joining CNBC’s new Hindi business channel which is also slated for launch soon. Both of them quit Sahara Samay Rashtriya on November 8, 2004, after a three-year association since its inception.
On his role in Dainik Jagran TV, Ghosh said, “I will be taking care of recruitments, formulation of content and will also be involved in the look of the sets. I will be taking care of every aspect of the news channel from technical configuration to programming.”
Ghosh was upbeat about his job change. “I am really happy to be associated with Siddhartha Gupta and Sanjay Gupta, the proprietors of the new channel. Both are very dynamic people and it will be a great challenge for me to work with them. I have found their thought process challenging and look forward to a strong association.”
“I will be a part of the channel launch with Siddhartha. Later, there will be an additional team that will be appointed for promotional activities and we all will begin from scratch,” he added.
So how different will Dainik Jagran TV be from the other Hindi news channels? Said Ghosh, “We are looking at a lot of innovations for the channel. The promoters’ vision for the channel is to create distinct programming in the news genre and not take the hackneyed way like others. My job will be add and embellish this vision and revolutionalize the news channel.”
When contacted, Siddhartha Gupta, Director, Jagran TV, said, “The 24-hour News & Current Affairs channel is the Dainik Jagran Group’s maiden foray into television. It is indeed a matter of privilege to welcome this team to the Jagran fraternity. We are determined to have the finest team in broadcast news in the country.”
Ghosh has been a journalist for over 18 years and has worked in leading national newspapers and television channels. He was with NDTV for six years, having joined it in 1995 as a journalist-cum-presenter. He quit NDTV along with his colleagues to form a TV production company, Network 1. Ghosh and Shireen were also presenters of the programme 'Prime Time' on Zee News.
When asked about her role in CNBC, Shireen said, “My formal designation has not been finalized but I will be working at a senior level. I started my career as a business journalist and am happy to find myself doing hardcore business news again. I have always had a lot of respect for CNBC’s content and am glad that I am associating myself with the channel.” Shireen started her career with The Economic Times where she worked for four years, before moving to NDTV.