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Kartik Sharma-promoted company to launch two news channels, one Hindi newspaper

Kartik Sharma-promoted company to launch two news channels, one Hindi newspaper

Author | Abhijeet Mukherjee | Tuesday, Oct 16,2007 7:55 AM

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Kartik Sharma-promoted company to launch two news channels, one Hindi newspaper

Kartik Sharma, son of former Union Minister Venod Sharma, has unveiled his media foray plans. Good Morning India and Information TV, the two media companies set up by Sharma recently, will be soon launching a Hindi newspaper by mid-November and two 24-hour news channels by December, respectively.

Good Morning India is looking after the print media operations such as Hindi weekly magazine ‘India News’, which was launched about five months back and forthcoming Hindi newspaper ‘Aaj Samaj’. The newspaper would have three editions – Delhi, the NCR and Ambala. Sudhir Saxena is the Editor of ‘India News’, while noted journalist and writer Madhukar Upadhaya would be the Editor of ‘Aaj Samaj’.

Information TV, meanwhile, is gearing up to launch two 24-hour news channels – one in Hindi, ‘Ab Tak’, which is expected to go on air in December, followed by an English channel. Journalist Harish Gupta has been appointed as consultant for the television foray. He will also function as CEO and Editor of the two upcoming channels.

Commenting on the company’s plans, Gupta said, “We have plans to set up state-of-the-art studio facility and infrastructure. We also have a very good HR policy and other facilities for our employees. We would not compromise so far as talent is concerned and would go for the best. We have plans to come up with world-class facilities for the channels. It’s good to work with Kartik, it is easy to work with people with similar mindsets,” said Gupta.

“There is still scope for good Hindi news channels because people do not want the kind of stuff that most news channels provide. Most of the news channels now have turned into entertainment channel, whereas news is a serious business. In India, there is everything other than news, and I think a huge space is still available for new channels to develop,” added Gupta.

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