With the exit of Avirook Sen, Hindustan Times Mumbai Editor, the organisation has zeroed on in another well-known name in the editorial circuit to take care of HT publications in Western India – Samar Halarnkar, hitherto Resident Editor of Indian Express. HT officials weren’t available for comments at the time of filing the story, but sources in the know of the situation informed that Halarnkar was set to join HT by mid- May 2006.
Halarnkar comes in as Editor – National Investigations, and would report to HT Editor, Shekhar Bhatia. In his mandate, Halarnkar would also be responsible for the editorial performance of all HT products in the west; hence HT Mumbai comes under his direct responsibility.
It may be recalled that HT has very recently induced major changes in its content in a bid to enhance the editorial quality of the Mumbai product. With focus like this, the re-energised marketing activities and Halarnkar coming in – who has built quite a name for himself, given his role in the editorial quality of Indian Express – HT Mumbai is in the media centrestage again.
exchange4media readers will also recall that in March 2006, HT’s Resident Editor, Avirook Sen, had decided to move on to assume a larger role at Mid Day, the Mumbai centric tabloid that would soon be foraying into other markets like Bangalore.
Prior to Indian Express, Halarnkar has worked for other media houses like the India Today Group.