“Goodbye is an unhappy word. I prefer au revoir”: Sagarika Ghose quits CNN-IBN

In her farewell mail, Ghose states, “After almost a quarter century in journalism... I leave to try my hand at something a little more challenging and creative, explore new vistas in reportage and commentary

by exchange4media Staff
Published - Jul 4, 2014 5:17 PM Updated: Jul 4, 2014 5:17 PM
“Goodbye is an unhappy word. I prefer au revoir”: Sagarika Ghose quits CNN-IBN

Sagarika Ghose, Deputy Editor, IBN18 Network (CNN-IBN) has put in her papers, putting at rest weeks of speculation. Ghose’s exit follows a spate of senior level departures in the past few months at Network18 and CNN-IBN.

exchange4media had reported in June 2014 that Ghose is likely to join Headlines Today  (CNN-IBN’s Sagarika Ghose likely to join Headlines Today), however, there is no confirmation on whether she is joining Headlines Today. At that time, when contacted by exchange4media, she had refrained from saying anything on the issue and had merely said, “I am on holiday now.”

In her farewell mail to her colleagues at CNN-IBN, Ghose said:
“I never thought I would be writing this mail.

CNN-IBN has not only been an integral part of my life for almost every waking minute these past years, but more important, working with you has been a joy and an honour. But now – after almost a quarter century in journalism, among them nine fabulous years at CNN-IBN – I leave to try my hand at something a little more challenging and creative, explore new vistas in reportage and commentary.

At CNN-IBN, an incredible team of professionals brought total commitment and integrity to reporting the news. We put journalism first and because of that we became a trusted and much loved brand. A free, fearless press is the infrastructure of democracy – without it, the term “citizenship” is diminished indeed.

The words of John Tusa, the venerable former Director General of BBC World Service, come to me: “Journalists cannot become the outriders of authority...but the freedom we have is the freedom to be responsible.”

CNN-IBN was always free and responsible! That’s why it became such an incredible success, so beloved of viewers. We created magic and that magic touched millions of lives, and the magic will remain with each of us always!

Goodbye is an unhappy word. I prefer au revoir...until we meet again.

Warmest wishes and all the very best of luck always,

Sagarika”

Ghose has been a journalist since 1991 and has earlier worked with The Times of India, Outlook magazine and The Indian Express. Ghose has won several awards in journalism and is the author of two novels.

As is known, Reliance Industries has announced that it is taking complete control of Network18 Media & Investments, including TV18 Broadcast. In a release issued on May 29, 2014, Reliance Industries had stated that its Board has approved funding of up to Rs 4,000 crore to Independent Media Trust (IMT), of which Reliance is the sole beneficiary, for acquisition of control in Network18 Media and Investments, including its subsidiary, TV18 Broadcast

Following this development, there have been several high profile exits, including Raghav Bahl.

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