Sandipan Deb, Editor of Financial Express, has put in his papers. Deb is headed to the Rs 12,000-crore RPG Group which is entering the print publishing business. Deb would be Editor and Publisher with the publishing segment, a division of Sa Re Ga Ma Ltd.
The group is into home video, television software and digital distribution of audio and video content. The company represents Warner Home Video, Universal Pictures Entertainment, Paramount, MGM and BBC in India. In addition, it is also into tyres, cable manufacturing (transmission), retail (Spencer’s), power (CESC) and several other businesses.
The RPG Group plans to come up with at least four magazines initially. It also has plans to tie up with foreign publishing houses to bring in foreign titles. Lifestyle is among the niche segments that the group plans to foray into.
“It is after a long time that a group with a huge turnover is foraying into publishing. We would look into the niche segment where there is space for new magazines as readers have not been addressed at all or not addressed properly. We also have plans to come up with some leading foreign titles,” said Deb.
The group is yet to put up its editorial as well as marketing team in place. The publishing business would be based out of Delhi.
Prior to his association with Financial Express, Deb was with Outlook Group since its inception in 1995. He was Managing Editor, Outlook, and Editor, Outlook Money.
Deb, an ex-IIT and ex-IIM graduate, was Executive Editor of A&M magazine in the early 90s, before joining Outlook. He has also written a book, ‘The IITian’.
Sandipan Deb appointed Editor of Financial Express