Gautam Adhikari, who recently put in his papers at DNA of which he was the Chief Editor, is going back to The Times of India Group. He is slated to join the Group as Editorial Advisor and Dean of The Times School of Journalism. The Times of India Edit page will also be put under Adhikari’s charge.
Adhikari will be based in Delhi. He will report directly to Vineet Jain, Managing Director, Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd.
Rahul Kansal, Brand Director, TOI, confirmed the development. “We are happy to have Gautam back with the Times Group. He will advise the Group on editorial matters and trends pertaining to publishing and broadcasting. We are planning to expand the School of Journalism and Gautam will play a key role in that. He will provide inputs to the top management on our broadcasting and television business.”
When contacted, Adhikari said he would take up his new assignment in mid-June as he would be out of India for the next three weeks. “I am happy to go back to The Times of India where I started my journalistic career and spent most of my time in this profession. I am looking forward to the assignment.”
During his successful two-year 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. It managed to grow by almost 22 per cent, with a current readership of 5,39,000.
Adhikari has over the years played a key role in benchmarking TOI’s national and foreign news coverage with international standards. From 1987-88 he was Resident Fellow and Adjunct Lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He spent a number of years as TOI's Washington Correspondent starting 1988. From 1992-94 he worked for the World Bank and was a visiting faculty at well-known universities like George Washington University and George Mason University.
He returned to Delhi as Executive Editor of The Times of India in the mid-nineties. After a three-year stint, he went back to Washington in 1997, functioning as a World Bank Consultant and being part of various American think-tanks.
Adhikari began his journalistic career with The Economic Times-Kolkata in 1976. Prior to that, he was with State Bank of India in their International Banking Division. For a brief period he had worked for The Hindu as Special Correspondent before returning to the Times fold.
DNA Chief Editor Gautam Adhikari puts in his papers