Recognising his contribution to news media, especially Marathi news media, the e4m News Broadcasting Awards felicitated Nikhil Wagle, Editor, IBN Lokmat, with the News Television Editor-in-Chief of the Year Award.
Nikhil Wagle had entered the field of journalism in 1977 after a short stint as a freelance writer he became the editor of the first Marathi news weekly Dinank. Wagle in his span of career has started various magazines and newspapers like ‘Shatkar’, ‘Chanderi’ and ‘Mahanagar’. As a journalist he has covered all major events over the last 30 years, along with this he has anchored various TV shows and has also published more than a 100 books in Marathi. Wagle was given the Editor-in-Chief of the Year Award for exemplary leadership in creating content that gave voice to the voiceless and provoked debate and enhanced standards of television journalism in India. He has proved to be ‘Aam aadmi ka patrakar’ something he is proud to be known as.
At the outset of his acceptance speech, Wagle invited two of his colleagues to join him on stage – News Editor Mandar Phandse and Channel Producer Uday Seema – and said that without them, “I couldn’t have run this channel”.
Continuing further, Wagle said, “I accept this Award on behalf of my extraordinary team which has created a better channel than any national channel – I proudly claim that and I thank this jury because they have gone beyond National Capital. This is an Award for Marathi journalism, this is an Award for regional journalism, which is doing better than national journalism. I have worked in print for more than 20 years and have been in the television field for the last four years, but I have always believed in serious, people-centric journalism and today you have honoured that journalism. I would like to also thank my friend Rajdeep Sardesai because of whom I am in television and who has supported me in the last four years, during the time of any crisis he has given me all freedom. Any editor needs freedom, media survives on freedom and IBN Lokmat is a national channel in Marathi which goes beyond TRPs and which believes in serious journalism.”
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