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Dilip Venkatraman bids adieu to TV18

Venkatraman was CEO of CNN-IBN and IBN7. Ajay Chacko, COO, Network18 will oversee the operations of the IBN News Network in the interim

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | August 12, 2013

N. Dilip Venkatraman

N.Dilip Venkatraman has decided to move on from his role as the CEO of CNN-IBN and IBN7 in order to pursue his entrepreneurial interests. During his eight year stint, Venkatraman managed a variety of mandates on the general news side of the group. Prior to his current role, he led marketing operations for CNN-IBN, IBN7 and IBN-Lokmat and also managed IBN Focus, the customized media solutions unit for these news channels. Apart from his leadership role in building CNN-IBN into one of the country’s most reputed news brands, Venkatraman is well-known for conceptualizing benchmark properties at the IBN News Network. Ajay Chacko, COO, Network18 will oversee the operations of the IBN News Network in the interim.

B Sai Kumar

Speaking on this development, B.Sai Kumar, Group CEO, Network18 said “Dilip has played a pivotal role in building our general news network, right from the outset. Today, CNN-IBN, IBN7 and IBN-Lokmat are benchmark brands in the general news space and Dilip has contributed significantly to laying such a strong foundation for the future. We thank him for his invaluable contribution and commitment to the group.”

Rajdeep Sardesai

Commenting on this, Rajdeep Sardesai, Editor-In-Chief, IBN News Network added “Dilip’s passion and leadership has been instrumental in making the IBN News Network into one of the most trusted news voices in the country today. He has been a great colleague and we wish him the very best for his future endeavors.”

Venkatraman added “The past few years have been one of the most fulfilling and exciting phases of my professional career. I’m thankful to all my colleagues who have been a part of this enriching journey and I now look forward to taking on newer challenges.”

Venkatraman has over two decades of corporate experience and prior to joining TV18, he held leadership positions at the India Today Group and Zee Network. Venkatraman is a graduate in public administration and holds management qualifications from IIM Bangalore and Harvard Business School.

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