After a long stint in the print media, Manoj Sharma has begun a fresh innings in the electronic media with India TV, where he has taken charge as Group Business Head from January 1, 2010. It may be recalled that Sharma was part of the restructure at India TV in November 2009. At India TV, he would be responsible for the business expansion of all group companies, including Independent News, India TV Interactive, Independent Media, Studio Brahma and India TV Mission.
Prior to joining India TV, Sharma had worked with India Today and CNBC-TV18. He had joined India Today in 1990 and got to head the launch of quite a few of their new products like ‘Cosmopolitan’ and ‘Today’, and the afternoon newspaper. Sharma brings in a total of 20 years of experience, of which 18 years were with the India Today Group.
When asked about his decision to switch from print media to electronic media, Sharma replied, “The electronic media is a very dynamic and challenging medium. I had been through a great learning experience at CNBC-TV18 a few years back. I had worked with the 360 degree models as well. And now, using the combination of experience in print and electronic media, I would like to take India TV to the next level.”
Regarding his 2010 plans as Group Business Head, Sharma said, “India TV will undergo expansion projects not only in terms of making it a network of channels, but also in a web expansion and more focus on events as well.” India TV is also planning to launch a media school. Sharma would also be working more on 360 degree solutions at India TV.
He added, “I am very excited to work with a dynamic form of media and am looking forward to contributing to the growth of India TV.”