Shekhar Gupta, Editor-in-Chief of The Indian Express Group, will be joining as Vice Chairman of the India Today Group (ITG) and Editor-in-Chief of all its news properties. These include all its news and business publications, news TV brands and all related news and business digital brands. exchange4media broke this news yesterday, June 3, 2014 (Shekhar Gupta joins India Today as Vice-Chairman & Editor-in-Chief).
Gupta will report to Aroon Purie, Chairman, India Today Group and will be responsible for the editorial quality of all news and business brands. He will work closely with Group CEO Ashish Bagga.
Announcing the appointment, Purie said, “This is a homecoming for Shekhar. He joined India Today in 1983 and was here for 12 eventful years during which he was an outstanding journalist. Shekhar is by far the best reporters’ editor in Indian journalism today. Because of his fierce independence and integrity, he attracts and inspires the finest talent, and I look forward to him bringing an entire ecosystem of excellence on editorial as well as corporate platforms.”
Gupta will also, in association with Purie, launch a series of unique new editorial products that will showcase the finest in investigative reporting and interpretative commentary.
“At a personal level, our friendship has grown as we have bounced ideas off each other about the rapid changes in our business,” said Purie. “So Shekhar’s return is a moment of deep satisfaction and vindication of my belief, our shared belief, in the power of good journalism to help make sense of the noise rather than to add to it. Shekhar has also promised to liberate me from day-to-day operations so that I can work to guide the Group into a future of great promise, growth and excitement.”
“It’s a privilege to have the opportunity,” said Shekhar, “to return to the India Today Group to work with Aroon and his fine teams and nurture the most trusted news brands.”
The India Today Group has more than 36 magazines, including editions of leading international titles. It also has four 24-hour news channels, seven radio stations, a newspaper, a consumer e-com shopping portal and strong digital, mobile and social media presence.