Gautam Adhikari, Chief Editor of DNA since its launch in mid-2005, has decided to move on. He put in his papers on Monday, April 16, 2007. Adhikari will however formally remain associated with the company till July 15, 2007.
Sudhir Agarwal, Managing Director, Diligent Media, will hold charge of editorial responsibilities till a new editor is found, and will coordinate all editorial activities in consultation with the editorial board. Adhikari will hand over charge to Agarwal on April 18.
Said Adhikari, “It has been a phenomenal couple of years in my life. My greatest satisfaction has been working with a bunch of cheerful and talented people who have bonded in a spirited team that has nurtured DNA from a fledgling in 2005 to a bird in full flight.”
During his successful stint with DNA, the paper bucked the general declining trend in readership among English dailies. According to Indian Readership Survey (IRS) 2007 Round 1 released in March this year, in Mumbai, DNA has surged past Mid Day. Observed Adhikari, “DNA’s current print run is 4.20 lakh; the IRS Survey showed a readership of 5.39 lakh, with DNA registering the fastest growth among all newspapers in Mumbai. That's an extraordinary record, perhaps unprecedented in the history of English language newspapers in India.”
There was a buzz in the market for the past couple of weeks that Adhikari may be going back to his earlier organisation, The Times of India. When asked, he ruled this out.
So what next? “I have the option of going back to the US. However, at this stage, I have not decided about my future course of action. There are a few options in India that I am toying with,” he said.
DNA finally gets its Chief Editor as TOI’s Gautam Adhikari says ‘yes’