Ravina Raj Kohli, President, STAR News has finally parted ways from the channel. The word in the industry has been for months now but both members of the joint venture, STAR and Anand Bazaar Patrika constantly declined to accept it. Nonetheless, the organisation has decided that it’s finally the time to make the end of the relation officially. A communiqué mentions that the departure takes place by mutual consent. Uday Shankar, who is currently serving as the Editor and Director of News at the channel, will take over as the CEO, the statement informs.
In her tenure with the channel, Kohli began with active involvement in all aspects of the channel, from finance to editorial. In more ways than one, the current face of STAR News is a result of the initiatives taken by Kohli. However, in the past few months, this equation was gradually changing. The reigns of the editorial function ceased when the then appointed News Director Uday Shankar began reporting to Aveek Sarkar and the channel appointed a Chief Financial Officer in Santanu Mallik to take care of the financial aspects of the business.
Sources inform that the announcement could have been made as early as May. However, given the election period, the channel was keen on avoiding publicity around the development. The release quotes Aniruddha Lahiri, Director, Media Content & Communication Services (MCCS) and MD, ABP Group, saying, “Ravina’s contribution in launching STAR News in Hindi is very well appreciated and we at MCCS wish her all the very best for the future”. MCCS is the company that broadcasts STAR News.
On her part, Kohli says, “We have met with some great success in the past and I am sure that the team at STAR News will strive to maintain the position we have already achieved.”