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Shekhar Gupta returns to India Today Group as vice chairman and Editor-in-Chief
MUMBAI: Shekhar Gupta, who announced his exit from the Indian Express Group as its Editor-in-Chief on Monday, will be joining the India Today group as vice chairman and Editor-in-Chief of all its news properties.
Gupta will oversee the news and business publications, news channels and the digital brands of the company.
India Today group chairman Aroon Purie said, “This is a homecoming for Shekhar. He joined India Today in 1983 and was here for 12 eventful years during which he was an outstanding journalist. Shekhar is by far the best reporters’ editor in Indian journalism today. Because of his fierce independence and integrity, he attracts and inspires the finest talent, and I look forward to him bringing an entire ecosystem of excellence on editorial as well as corporate platforms.”
In association with Purie, Gupta will launch a series of new editorial products that will showcase “the finest in investigative reporting and interpretative commentary”.
“At a personal level, our friendship has grown as we have bounced ideas off each other about the rapid changes in our business,” said Purie. “So Shekhar’s return is a moment of deep satisfaction and vindication of my belief, our shared belief, in the power of good journalism to help make sense of the noise rather than to add to it. Shekhar has also promised to liberate me from day-to-day operations so that I can work to guide the Group into a future of great promise, growth and excitement.”
Gupta added, “It’s a privilege to have the opportunity to return to the India Today Group to work with Aroon and his fine teams and nurture the most trusted news brands. ITG, with its commitment to excellence and credibility, is best placed to meet the biggest challenge in our business today: to earn the trust and respect of our readers and viewers.”
Gupta will report to Purie and be responsible for the editorial quality of all news and business brands. He will work closely with group CEO Ashish Bagga and enable him to effectively grow readership and viewership profitably.
The India Today Group has more than 36 magazines, including editions of leading international titles. It includes flagship newsweekly India Today. It also has 24-hour news channels Aaj Tak, Headlines Today and Tez.
The company operates Oye FM in seven cities and has a consumer e-com shopping portal.