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NewsX elevates Rahul Shivshankar as Editor-in-Chief

Apart from his behind the scenes responsibilities, Shivshankar anchors the channel’s flagship primetime shows ‘Nation@9:00pm’ and ‘India Debates’ on weekdays

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | August 22, 2014

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ITV Network yesterday announced the elevation of Rahul Shivshankar as Editor-in-Chief, NewsX. Shivshankar had joined the channel in September 2013 as Managing Editor, and has been instrumental in redefining the approach of NewsX to daily news coverage. Apart from his behind the scenes responsibilities, Shivshankar anchors the channel’s flagship primetime shows ‘Nation@9:00pm’ and ‘India Debates’ on weekdays.

In a career spanning almost 20 years, he has served as Executive Editor of Headlines Today (TV Today Network) and as Senior Editor of Times Now.

“I am delighted to recognise the talent of Rahul Shivshankar,” said Kartikeya Sharma, Managing Director, ITV Network. “Rahul, a celebrated name in the news fraternity, has an incredible drive and vision, which makes him a wonderful choice to lead the channel. Bringing in talent of the caliber of Rahul and enlarging his role will allow him and his team to accelerate our move into a continuous and dynamic model of innovating in the news genre. Under Rahul’s tenure, NewsX has become India’s leading English news channel with a consistent performance of being a market leader, and in a short span time it has attained a leadership edge over its competition. Rahul has been instrumental in reorganising content strategies and news operations with greater creativity and flexibility and has developed more cohesive and unique experiences for our audiences.”

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RK Arora, Group CEO, ITV Network, said, “We have assembled the most talented journalists in ITV Network and Rahul’s elevation will help us leverage his skills and experience to deliver breaking news with context and perspective on the most important stories. This will strengthen ITV Network’s commitment and its objective of becoming India’s largest TV news network and the most profitable one. I am confident that Rahul will bring NewsX to greater heights than it’s ever known."

"I am deeply honoured," said Shivshankar. "I have been blessed with a team of incredibly talented and creative people that work tirelessly to bring to life stories told with a rare degree of nuance, objectivity and accuracy. This collective effort and enterprise has catapulted News X to a leadership position in the English news space. This role provides me with an exciting opportunity to shape the future of news TV."

Apart from writing several comment pieces on current affairs, Shivshankar extensively documented the attack on Nariman House in Mumbai on November 26, 2008 in an anthology of hard-hitting investigative narratives published by Roli Books.

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