Pankaj Saxena, Vice-President, Programming, Discovery Networks India, has quit owing to his ill health. Saxena put in his papers about two to three weeks ago, confirmed Aditya Tripathi, Brand Director, Discovery Travel and Living.
According to Tripathi, Saxena “was not keeping well and was unable to attend office for about six to seven weeks.”
When contacted Saxena said, “I have spent 20 very hard, very rewarding and very satisfying years in the television industry. So, I decided to take some time off in order to read, study and understand television from a different perspective.”
Saxena, who spent around nine years with the channel, while sharing his experience said, “I was with the channel since its inception, and have seen the channel grow as an unquestioned leader. It’s been a really challenging, reward filled, event filled and extremely satisfying experience.”
Saxena, who had been trained at the Film and Television Institute of Pune, said, that his huge hands-on experience helped him make Discovery a pre-eminent factual television network in India.
“It’s time for me to look at higher challenges, bigger responsibilities and do something more substantial and more exciting,” he added.
Commenting on his experience, Tripathi said, “He was one of the early employees at Discovery, he has contributed a lot towards the programming of Discovery Network.”
A decision on who would replace Saxena, had not been taken so far, informed Tripathi.