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.
â€śThe 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 didnâ€™t want to be an island. Hence, from a long term perspective, we have decided to operate that part of the business from Delhi,â€ť 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 â€“ 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 â€“ 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, â€śWe 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.â€ť
Clearing the air about a major shift of the channelâ€™s operations to Delhi, Anand added, â€śThere 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.â€ť
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.