Veteran business journalist Sandeep Bamzai returns to print. He is joining Sakaal Times, the soon-to-be-launched English daily from the Sakaal Group, as Consulting Editor from April 14, 2008. Bamzai moves from Reliance Entertainment, where he was a Consultant. Sakaal Times is expected to be launched in late May or early June this year.
Commenting on his new appointment, Bamzai said, “It is always exciting working for a start-up, plus we have an excellent team heading the paper.”
“I enjoyed my stint with Reliance Entertainment and it was with a heavy heart that I decided to leave the organisation. In fact, I had procrastinated quite a bit over the decision,” he added.
Bamzai further said that Sakaal Times had some well-known names heading the editorial team – Dileep Padgaonkar is the Advisor, Badshah Sen is the Editor-in-Chief, while Amitabha Sinha Roy is the Executive Editor.
Commenting on the new daily, he said, “The paper has an interesting structure and is a good-looking paper. It is young and vibrant and talks to people in the cities it is being launched in. In the first phase we will be launching Sakaal Times in Pune and Goa, which should be around late May or early June. In the second phase, we will launch the paper in Jaipur, Chandigarh and Ahmedabad. Much later we would be launching in Delhi and Mumbai.”
Why these cities? Bamzai replied, “According to a WPP study, the Western corridor is important, hence one can see the stress we have given to this region.”
The paper, which will be an all-colour edition, is currently sprucing up its team. Most of the pages would be made in Delhi.
Prior to Reliance Entertainment, Bamzai had taken a sabbatical to write a book ‘Bonfire of Kashmiriyat – Deconstructing the Accession’. Before that he was Business Editor with Hindustan Times for five years. Prior to joining HT in Delhi, Bamzai was based in Mumbai for 16 years. He has been Senior Editor with Business India, Editor of Dalal Street Journal, Assistant Editor of Illustrated Weekly, Deputy Editor of Sunday Observer, Editor-Special Projects with The Times of India Group, and Executive Editor, Plus Channel. He started his career with The Statesman, Kolkata, before moving to Mumbai to work for Indian Express from 1986-89.
Besides the responsibility of Sakaal Times, Bamzai is busy writing his first book on business, ‘India’s Disinvestment – The Untold Story’. The self-confessed cricket, business, Kashmir and cinema junkie has two other books on cricket apart from the book on Kashmir to his credit.
Sakaal Group to launch English daily Sakaal Times in April 2008
Ex-HT Business Editor Sandeep Bamzai joins Reliance Entertainment