Ace anchor and Executive Producer of Aaj Tak, Ashutosh has put in his papers and is learnt to be heading towards Global Broadcast News-controlled Channel 7, which has now been renamed IBN-7. Q W Naqvi, News Director, Aaj Tak confirmed the news, saying, “Ashutosh has indeed put in his papers with Aaj Tak”.
As reported by exchange4media on February 13, GBN (a TV18 venture with Rajdeep Sardesai and Sameer Manchanda) had bought into Jagran TV to run Channel7. exchange4media had further reported that Rajdeep Sardesai would be the Editor-in-Chief of Channel7 in its new structure and a Managing Editor, who would report to Sardesai, would be appointed to run the day-to-day operations of the channel.
Speaking to exchange4media, Ashutosh, who is joining as Managing Editor, said, “I resigned from Aaj Tak on March 9, 2006 after spending more than 10 years with the channel.” He, however, neither confirmed nor denied whether he was joining IBN-7. “I am moving on for better prospects,” was all he said.
But informed sources told exchange4media that after weighing a few key top journalists in Aaj Tak, Sardesai, who holds the full editorial control of IBN-7, decided on Ashutosh. Sources in Aaj Tak also pointed out that some more senior level people from the news channel are also heading for IBN-7 to join under Ashutosh.
In fact, the rumour machine started rolling from February 23, 2006 when a media blog, www.warfornews.blogspot.com, first posted the information that Channel7 was being rechristened as IBN-7 and that Aaj Tak’s ace anchor, Ashutosh, was being seriously considered for the post.
“Unconfirmed rumours tell us that Naghma and Nidhi Kulpati from NDTV-India and Ashutosh from Aaj Tak have been approached aggressively for the top anchoring slots on IBN-7, with the latter most likely to actually make the shift after a huge stint at TV Today, but who knows?” the blog had stated.
In a recent conversation with exchange4media sister publication, Pitch magazine, Haresh Chawla, CEO, TV18 group, had said that he was eyeing the No 3 position for Channel7 among Hindi news channels. “With India’s largest news network infrastructure and talent backing our strategic stake in Channel7, we believe we’ll be able to quickly move it to the No. 3 position in the Hindi news genre,” he said.
Global Broadcast News buys into Jagran TV to run Channel 7