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India TV restructures editorial team

12-May-2005
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India TV restructures editorial team

India TV has been bustling with activity recently. This time it's not the sting operations but the new roles assigned to the senior editorial staff. As part of the restructuring plan, all the editorial heads have been assigned a specific task to handle. The spin-offs from this exercise will be visible across various content genres and time bands.

Rajat Sharma, Chairman, India TV, said, "Last three months, we have seen a lot of response from our viewers. As a result, we are gearing up our activities on the programming front. The idea behind the restructuring is to make the news rooms more accountable to each time band and induce healthy competition within the team."

The restructuring will see new roles assigned to the core editorial members. Executive Editor Hemant Sharma will now move to the Output function. As a top-level editorial resource in the country, he will give strength and editorial might to the morning band and also to investigative political stories and stings carried out by India TV in public interest.

Executive Editor Sudhir Chaudhry will move into the Input function. Chaudhry will de-layer and modernise the assignment function and introduce innovation in news procurement. His proactivity will give teeth to the inflow of stories and optimise the use of India TV's network of reporters. He will also head news events and forward planning.

Editor (Business) Rohit Bansal will work on primetime evening band shows: Evening News, Aaj Ki Baat, Showtime, Al Jazeera, India Live and Speed News.

Head of News Ramesh Parida will oversee all news operations, take up the challenge of driving new audiences into news viewing and consolidate India TV's equity among influential publics.

Rakesh Tripathi will be chief of the New Delhi bureau. Sachin Sahay will look after all copy and story production teams. KK Dutta will head the merged assignment and transport operations as well as trouble shooting. Anuranjan Jha will juggle between morning and evening bands as also special events.

Sharma said that the reshuffle would lead to a slew of programming innovation. He said, "The reshuffled team would be introducing new programmes especially on the morning band. We are looking at introducing new programmes like Agla Daur and Chat Masala. Also, there will be three interview-based shows that we would be coming up with."

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