In July last year, Hindustan Times lost its Editor-in-Chief Chaitanya Kalbag. Almost a year down the line, while HT is yet to find a replacement for Kalbag, it has now lost two more senior hands who were managing the paper. Managing Editor Pankaj Paul and Editor-Delhi, Rahul Sharma, have both quit.
For Paul, July 1, 2008 is his last day in office. Sharma is moving out on July 7.
The exits of these senior hands were announced this morning through an internal mail put out by Shobhana Bhartia, Vice-chairperson and Editorial Director of HT Media, and also confirmed to exchange4media by CEO Rajiv Verma.
In another development, the Sports department, headed by Sports Editor Kadambari Murali, will report directly to Bhartia.
Paul, a graphics and design expert based in the US for long, was brought in as Managing Editor around the middle of 2007. He has not been keeping in good health while in India and has been keen to go back to the US. Paul will take up a teaching assignment in the US. He had earlier worked in American newspapers like The News Journal, The Palm Beach Post and The Philadelphia Daily News. He had moved in from The News Journal at Wilmington, where he was Managing Editor for niche and new initiatives.
Rahul Sharma was brought in by Kalbag from Reuters Singapore as Resident Editor-Delhi soon after he took over in July last year. Sharma is moving to Dubai as Editor of Khaleej Times. Prior to moving to Reuters, he was with The Economic Times.
Sharma will be joining Khaleej Times by the middle of July. He is taking over editorial charge of the No. 1 daily in the Gulf region at a time when it has entered into a tie-up with the International Herald Tribune.