Former IBN 18 Editor-in-Chief Rajdeep Sardesai will join the India Today group as Consulting Editor on Monday. He wrote in a blog post, “Now, I embark on another exciting chapter as Consulting Editor with India’s largest TV news network, the TV Today group, from the 15th of September. I grew up in the age of India Today , so to now be part of this journalistic-driven institution is a privilege.” (sic)
In an internal memo on Thursday, India Today chairman Aroon Purie wrote, “As a start, Rajdeep will be doing a marquee show for Headlines Today and contributing to the revamp of the Channel and its alignment with digital.” Currently, TV Today Managing Editor Rahul Kanwal hosts the 9.30 p.m. prime time news show.
Mr. Sardesai added in his blog, “In these challenging times, one lives on the hope that the true core of this great profession will not be lost: that we will tell the story of our times with courage and commitment. It was with that sense of idealism that I joined this profession in 1988; my hair may have greyed, but the idealism still burns inside.” His book, 2014: The Election That Changed India is expected to be released later this year.
He told The Hindu that he has not officially joined India Today group yet and declined to comment on what his exact role would be. “I will be doing a prime time show,” he replied when asked whether he would be replacing Mr. Kanwal at 9.30 p.m.
Mr. Sardesai quit IBN 18, in July after the Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Limited bought a controlling stake in Network 18 and its subsidiaries. He founded Cable News Network- Indian Broadcasting Network (CNN-IBN) in 2005, after quitting New Delhi Television (NDTV).
Recently, India Today group’s former Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta was re-designated as Editorial Advisor — just two months after he moved over from the Express Group. Nalin Mehta, Managing Editor of India Today’s English news channel Headlines Today, also quit in May.