I will still do the ‘Big Fight’: Vikram Chandra

NDTV has seen some top level changes with Vikram Chandra taking charge as CEO of NDTV Group, while KVL Narayan Rao has been appointed as Executive Vice Chairperson. Chandra speaks to e4m on the way ahead...

e4m by Shree Lahiri
Updated: Aug 1, 2011 10:47 AM
I will still do the ‘Big Fight’: Vikram Chandra

The NDTV Group has announced some top level changes. Vikram Chandra has been appointed CEO, NDTV Group. Chandra has been with NDTV for 17 years and is not only one of India’s leading news personalities and anchors, but has also taken on corporate responsibility for several years. He has headed NDTV Profit from its creation and led it to become India's leading business channel. He then became CEO of NDTV Networks, where he demonstrated outstanding managerial, business and negotiating skills. His people skills and flair for relationship-building are well known.

As CEO, Chandra will have overall authority and responsibility for all aspects of the company – corporate, operational and channel performance. He will become a member of the NDTV Board.

Executive Co-Chairpersons, and Dr Prannoy and Radhika Roy said, “Along with Narayan Rao, we have been talking about a succession plan for NDTV for a couple of years now. We believe that change is good. It brings in new blood, new ideas, different perspectives and paves way for growth. We believe that the time for change has come. We are delighted at Vikram’s appointment and believe he is the right person to take NDTV to the next level.”

Speaking to exchang4media, Chandra commented, “I consider it a privilege and an honour to be chosen to lead one of India's finest news companies. NDTV is not just a great brand, but also houses some of the most talented media professionals in the country. I look forward to working with them to take the company to new heights.” He further said, “It’s very challenging times for the media industry now. We have a dedicated team at NDTV, which is a leader in the market today. It’s time to pull together and continue to be dominant in the years ahead.”

A familiar face on TV as the anchor of ‘The Big Fight’ and ‘Gadget Guru’, Chandra assured that he would not move away from anchoring after taking charge as CEO. “I may be busy for some time because of my additional responsibilities. I will still do the ‘Big Fight’, but I may reduce some daily anchoring,” he said.

Author of the much-acclaimed book, ‘The Srinagar Conspiracy’, did he hope to enhance his writing career? When asked about whether he any new books in the pipeline, pat came the reply, “ I have been working on my next book, but it’s been 10 years and I have not completed it!” And, this new assignment would make him busier than ever….”Obviously!” was his reply.

NDTV also announced another appointment - KVL Narayan Rao elevated to the position of Executive Vice Chairperson.

Ever since 1998, Narayan Rao has been spearheading the growth of NDTV; initially, for eight years, as Executive Director and for the last five years as CEO of the NDTV Group. He has guided the organization admirably seeing it through difficult, competitive times and ensuring that it is now on an even keel with a brand and a reputation as India's leading media company.

Radhika and Prannoy Roy said, “Narayan and we believe that this is an opportune time for him to take on a new and even more challenging role in the organization. We are delighted that he will be joining us in the Chairperson Group”

KVL Narayan Rao added, "It is a huge privilege to join the Chairperson's Group and I am delighted."

The top-level appointments were approved by the board of directors at a meeting held in New Delhi.

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