Gautam Adhikari, Consulting Editor and former Executive Editor, The Times of India, has finally said adieu to the paper he has always held dear to his heart and is joining DNA as Chief Editor. As reported by exchange4media last week, a firm counter-offer was made by The Times over the weekend, but Adhikari has decided not to stay back.
When contacted by exchange4media, Adhikari said, “Times did make a very kind counter-offer. However, I have decided to take up the DNA offer because it will be quite an exciting challenge to launch a new paper in a rapidly changing India.”
Adhikari said that he was preparing to leave for Mumbai on Thursday to take up his new assignment. Sources close to Adhikari claim that he had moved out of the Times Guest House on Sardar Patel Marg over the weekend and checked into a luxury hotel, prior to his departure for Mumbai.
According to sources close to the development, Times made a last-ditch effort late on Monday evening to keep Adhikari back.
Vijay Jindal, Principal Secretary & member of the Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. board, and right-hand man of the Jain brothers, had also held long parleys with Adhikari through the latter half of last week.
DNA offers Chief Editor’s post to Gautam Adhikari, Times makes matching counter-offer