Govindraj Ethiraj, Editor-in–Chief, Bloomberg UTV, is set to join the Government Special Project UIDAI. Govindraj Ethiraj was one of the company’s founding members in 2006. Ethiraj has been invited by Nandan Nilekani to be a part of Government of India’s UIDAI project.
In a prepared statement, Ronnie Screwvala, UTV Group, Chairman & CEO said, “Since Bloomberg UTV’s inception, Govind has been one of the key catalysts in ensuring the genesis and birth of a new business entity and successfully navigating it though it’s pilot stage. His departure will be a loss for us, but we fully understand and support his decision to answer to a higher call of duty in being of service to our country. The strong leadership team that Govind has built on the editorial side will ensure that Bloomberg UTV is well set for its next stage of growth across television, internet & mobile. I wish Govind well in his new assignment.”
Ethiraj added, “I have always wanted to work on a project that reflected ambition and scale and, at the same time, helped understand my country and its real issues better. The UIDAI project gives me the opportunity to do that and work with an exciting and committed team led by Mr. Nandan Nilekani, Chairman, UIDAI. I thank UTV News and founder Ronnie Screwvala for allowing and indeed supporting me in my move me to take up this invitation. I think the team we have built together is the best and I am confident they will all take the channel to the next level. As founder employee of Bloomberg UTV, I will always look back with a sense of pride and achievement. And it’s a project and experience that will always remain close to my heart. I wish my colleagues all the very best in their efforts.”
Ethiraj will remain with Bloomberg UTV till the end of September 2010, working with the business leadership team at Bloomberg UTV to ensure a smooth transition.
He has over 17 years of experience in Business News and current affairs. Prior to his stint at Bloomberg UTV, he was Editor (New Media) at Business Standard. He has also headed the Mumbai News Center of CNBC-TV18 from 2000 – 2005. He has previously also worked with Economic Times, Business World and Business India.