As Times Network is shifting a lot of its staff members of its flagship English news channel Times Now from Mumbai to Delhi, the company has attributed this move to a better synchronisation with the digital team which has been established in Delhi. The company is planning to recruit a total of 140-150 people for its digital operations.
“The Delhi move of Times Now is strategic and for better efficiency and to integrate with our digital future. When we started recruiting people for digital, I realised that the quality of people in Delhi and Bangalore is much better. Most digital and technology companies are in these markets and we didn’t want to be an island. Hence, from a long term perspective, we have decided to operate that part of the business from Delhi,” said, MK Anand, MD and CEO, Times Network.
The company has also decided to reshuffle its editorial resources and align them to best suit its three news channels – Times Now, Mirror Now and ET Now. In the process, the Mirror Now and ET Now teams are shuffling places within the Mumbai office, and a considerable size of the editorial workforce from Times Now is shifting to the Noida office.
Times Now has been working on a two news centre model since the start – from its Mumbai and Noida offices. With the recent move, the Times Now team in Delhi is set to be larger than that of Mumbai.
Anand confirmed saying, “We have multiple News offices. Our office in Noida is as big as our Mumbai news centre. We also have a sizeable Bangalore presence. We have three channels and we are using our studios and editorial resources in a manner that we are able to utilise the same for the best of all.”
Clearing the air about a major shift of the channel’s operations to Delhi, Anand added, “There is no shift in the corporate headquarters. I will continue to be in Mumbai. Editor-in-Chief Rahul Shivshankar is already a Delhi resident and keeps shuttling between the two cities and will continue to do that. Our Newshour Lead Navika Kumar is also based in Delhi and we do a fair amount of shoots and broadcasts already from Noida. We are shuffling a few seats in our offices to accommodate a growing Mirror Now and a revamped ET Now.”
Mirror Now has grown from a 20 member team to about 70 member team. "We are preparing for Mirror Now to grow further and be in the top three English News Channels. That needs expansion," said Anand.
A small number of people have also been shifted from Times Now to Mirror Now. Tanvi Shukla, a prime time anchor on Times Now, is being shifted to Mirror Now for prime time.