Bharat Bhushan, who was Editor-Delhi of The Telegraph, has joined the India Today Group as Editor for its proposed English daily. The group had recently entered into a joint venture agreement with Associated Newspapers (ANL), publishers of the Daily Mail of UK. Prior to The Telegraph, Bhushan was Executive Editor of Hindustan Times.
Meanwhile, Kingshuk Mukherjee, who was Editor of Today, the afternoon tabloid from the India Today Group, has been designated as Managing Editor for the morninger. He will report to Bhushan.
When contacted, Arun Poorie, Editor-in-Chief, India Today Group, confirmed the appointment of Bhushan. He said, “Bharat would be the editor of the newspaper.” Poorie also confirmed Mukherjee’s new job function.
When asked when the newspaper will be launched, Poorie said, “It is expected to come up in the next two months.” He did not divulge any further details.
Bhushan has an experience of more than 20 years in journalism. He has worked in leading national dailies such as The Times of India, Hindustan Times, Indian Express besides The Telegraph. He was also the Executive Producer, BS TV and ran the television division of Business Standard from February 2001 to March 2002. Bhushan was the Editor- Delhi of The Telegraph from 2002 to 2007.
Bhushan has over the years made a name as a writer and reporter on foreign policy and national politics. Said Bhushan, “The Telegraph was a great place to work in. There was a lot of freedom because Telegraph is a reporters’ newspaper. As for the new company, I am very enthusiastic to carry forward my responsibilities as editor.”
From June 1996 to January 2001 Bhushan was Executive Editor of HT. Before that, he was Editor of Express News Service from October 1995 to May 31, 1996 and the Chief, Express News Service, from October 1994 to October 1995. He was the Washington Correspondent of Indian Express from January 1993 to September 1994. His other assignments include working as Assistant Editor, Business India, and Assistant Editor, The Times of India.