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India TV beefs up its senior news team

Gears up for General Elections 2014 and beyond with a string of appointments

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | December 13, 2013

India_tv_logoTo further strengthen its team for election news and programming, India TV has announced senior level appointments. Amitabh, after spending 18 years with Aaj Tak, joins as Senior Executive Editor. Pranay Yadav has returned to India TV as Executive Editor, Output team,  after a stint in TV 9, and Shivendra Kumar has joined as Deputy Executive Editor from ABP News.

The news gathering team of India TV is now led by Executive Editor Rahul Choudhry who also comes from Aaj Tak. The team is supported by Political Editor, Sukesh Ranjan, who was with IBN 7. Choudhry is also joined by his Aaj Tak colleagues Shamsher Singh as Editor Current Affairs, Prateek Trivedi as Associate Editor and Sundeep Sonwalker as Deputy Editor.

Over the last couple of years, from being skewed slightly towards being popular, the content style of India TV has changed to in-depth coverage and deep-delving analysis.

The new content format will be taken forward further with Editor-in-chief Rajat Sharma himself taking to the primetime with the flagship show, ‘Aaj Ki Baat - Rajat Sharma Ke Saath’.

Rajat Sharma Rajat Sharma

Sharma, who resumes a daily news show after a gap of over four years, said, “The India TV newsroom is fully charged to capture the excitement of the upcoming General Elections. Extensive plans have been made to report, analyse and present the battle for the next Lok Sabha to our viewers.”

“Our viewers can rest assured of most accurate and responsible news reporting, which will further cement our leadership position in the Hindi News genre,” said Editorial Director QW Naqvi.

Ritu Dhawan Ritu Dhawan

Commenting on the new appointments, Ritu Dhawan, MD & CEO, India TV, said, “When the channel announced the appointment of QW Naqvi as Editorial Director in October, it was always on the cards that the content team will be further strengthened to gear up for the biggest event in the news genre, the General Elections slated for 2014, to begin with.”

“All these efforts are a testimony to our commitment to broadcast a perfect mix of news, views and analysis to our ever-evolving audiences and we are sure that we will be able to create and maintain a perfect content mix,” Dhawan added, hinting at more defining announcements, beyond appointments, to follow soon.

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