Hindustan Times has promoted Rajesh Mahapatra and made the Jawaharlal Nehru University alumnus the Chief Content Officer of the news organisation. An internal email sent out by Bobby Ghosh yesterday informed the employees of the development. Mahapatra, who was earlier Executive Editor, succeeds South African Nicholas Dawes who moved on to work with Human Rights Watch in New York after spending three years at HT.
Since Dawes’s departure in August, Mahapatra had been acting as the “de-facto” Chief Content Officer. Ghosh praised the role played by Mahapatra in helping Hindustan Times re-orient itself as a digital-first platform. “It’s hard to imagine anyone better qualified to do this (job),” Ghosh stated.
In his new role, Mahapatra will help “oversee all editorial operations in the newspaper and website” alongside Ghosh. Sources at HT informed exchange4media that Kunal Pradhan from India Today will be joining the English daily as Deputy Executive Editor.
There is speculation that Time Magazine’s South Asia Bureau Chief Nikhil Kumar will be roped in as Executive Editor. Ghosh, who joined as Editor-in-Chief in July, was approached by exchange4media for a comment but our calls went unanswered.