Calling it quits after 16 long years, is G Krishnan, Executive Director and CEO of TV Today Network, that runs a number of news channels like Aaj Tak, Headlines Today, Delhi Aaj Tak and Tej. His rich experience spans over 25 years and he was actually involved in launching Aaj Tak, which grew to be popular from the word go.
Confirming his decision to quit, G Krishnan (popularly known as GK ), wrote in an internal mail, “I write to inform you that I have decided to move after 15+ years from my current role of Executive Director & CEO, TV Today Network Ltd., to pursue new opportunities. In view of the above, I would like to relinquish my position as Vice President and Board Director - IBF and also the Chairmanship of IBF-AAAI sub committee.” He continued to say, “However I am always available for any industry-related issues. I would like to take this opportunity to wish IBF and the sub committee all the best.”
In a move to announce his departure, India Today Group Chairman & Editor-in-Chief, Aroon Purie, expressed in an internal communication, “This is to inform you that G Krishnan (GK) has resigned from the services of the company with effect from September 1, 2011. All his direct reports will report to me until further notice.” He went on to say, “I would like to place on record my appreciation for his immense contribution in making TVTN a leading news broadcasting company of the country and AajTak, India’s foremost news channel in Hindi, right from its inception.”
He joined the India Today Group in 1995 and turned Aaj Tak into a full-fledged 24-hour news channel. Before TV Today Network, GK had a stint with Bennett, Coleman & Company, when he was in the Response department in Kolkata in 1978, after which he moved to Mumbai and went on to launch India’s first private FM channel, Times FM. He has varied experience in print, radio and television and has been responsible for building a number of super brands and successful business enterprises. After establishing Aaj Tak as a market leader, Krishnan identified the need for an English channel targeting young urban viewers and launched Headlines Today.
Meanwhile, his profile in the industry is multifaceted - Chairman of Media Research Users Council (MRUC), member of the Board of Governors of the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI), was founder Director of the Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF), and also headed IBF-AAAI committee.