Moves on from the group after 16 years of association; his next destination is not known so far.
Neha Saraiya | Delhi | September 1, 2011
G Krishnan, Executive Director and CEO of TV Today Network, has finally decided to call it quits from the group after a 16-year-long association. The development has been confirmed by the highly placed industry sources. Thursday was his last day with the organization. His next destination could not be ascertained at the time of filing this report.
India Today Group Chairman & Editor-in-Chief, Aroon Purie, announcing GK's departure, said in a communication, "This is to inform you that G Krishnan (GK) has resigned from the services of the company with effect from September 1, 2011. All his direct reports will report to me until further notice."Purie added, "I would like to place on record my appreciation for his immense contribution in making TVTN a leading news broadcasting company of the country and AajTak, India’s foremost news channel in Hindi, right from its inception."
Popularly known as GK, he joined the India Today Group in 1995 and went on to produce a daily TV news bulletin for national broadcaster Doordarshan called Aaj Tak which gained quick popularity, and was one of the top news shows on DD for nearly five years. That daily show has evolved into a full-fledged news channel with Krishnan at the helm.
Prior to TV Today Network, GK was with Bennett, Coleman & Company where he headed its marketing and sales departments. He began his stint with the Times Group in the Response department in Kolkata in 1978. Subsequently he moved to Mumbai and was instrumental in launching India’s first private FM channel, Times FM. He has multifarious experience in print, radio and television and has been responsible for building a number of super brands and successful business enterprises.After establishing Aaj Tak as a market leader in terms of number of viewers, he conceptualised the need for an English channel for young urban viewers and launched Headlines Today. He is the Chairman of Media Research Users Council (MRUC), a member of the Board of Governors of the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) and founder Director of the Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF). He also leads the committee of IBF-AAAI. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and a Master’s degree in Business Administration.
Very crisply written, Neha and very quick on the news, Niraj! Congrats!G was a good friend and colleague in the Times…we had great respect for each other…I even bought some air time from him ( Times FM) after I left Times for Nestle during our Nestle POLO launch ! Please say hello to him for me …I don’t remember meeting G in the first ever Times Group Conference in Goa in Feb. 1987 where I launched “MASTERMIND”, but I remember he was there at the SUMMER 1987 Times North Regional Conference in Agra where I won the award for best presentation…on the Role of Branding & Communication in Media, which was my area of expertise and responsibility at The Times! ( I should have won the Award in Goa , too, but everybody thought I was only 2 months in the Times and so it was too early for me to be winning Awards at such a young age in a 148 year old company L …that’s when I pledged I’d give the Times a youthful look in the forthcoming 150 year celebrations commencing 1988).Bruce Springsteen, Sting (Gordon Sumner), Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman, Youssou N’dour came to India together as part of a worldwide Concert for HUMAN RIGHTS NOW Tour of the East (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_Rights_Now!) India was not on the schedule …but news came to me from our concert specialist (now late Sabina Sehgal Saikia…but not yet married then in 1987..and therefore then Saikia) that one of the countries was not hosting the Tour…so, the Human Rights Concert organisers , the legendary (now late) Bill Graham (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Graham_(promoter))wanted to know if anybody in India would host them …in which case thy would perform in India. We jumped at the opportunity …it was our 150th year and what better way to reach out to the youth of the nation…I was in Canada 3 years before I joined the Times and Bruce Springsteen was such a youth icon out there…so, the Concert for Human Rights was the first public event the Times organised in Delhi …JN Stadium…attended by 120,000..the biggest ever rock concert in the country until then …started at 7 pm and went on till 4 am… let alone Delhi, the country had seen nothing like this …But the atmosphere was vitiated by some people telling the organisers that the Times was using the Concert to have a Birthday Bash…this did not go down well with the organisers …Bruce himself did not bring it up when I accompanied him and his girlfriend then and member of the E-Street Band, Patti Sciafi,, (now his wife), to their room at the Hyatt ( Bhikaji Cama Place)…nor did Sting when he arrived early morning and stopped at a temple on the way from Palam Airport to the Hyatt because he heard the ringing of bells during morning puja and wanted to pick up the beat ! Tracy Chapman’s manager assured me that India was going to love her and we did…so, there was no worry with the performers …but the organisers were pissed that this was looking like a Times birthday party…I spent many hours with Bill convincing him of the sincerity of our effort… he never complained once to me …during the long months I worked to organise and promote the event …day in and day out …I don’t ever remembering G. Krishnan on the team …he was posted in Bombay at that time ..and the event was organised in Delhi ..so, if he was on the team he would have come here…He would have seen me… also, statements like the one you have made without checking on the facts, of him “….bringing Bruce Springstein to India to perform at the event….” are incorrect , in bad taste and vitiate the atmosphere even more … Please share this mail with G…and please wait till I write my next “b4-i-4get” …with the real facts!! IN CASE G CAN PUT OUT SOME FACTS ON HOW HE BROUGHT BRUCE TO INDIA , I WILL BE GLAD IF YOU WOULD SHARE THEM WITH ME… OR HAVE HIM WRITE DIRECTLY TO ME ! Best,Nataranjan Bohidar +91 9811112220