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Ashutosh moves on as IBN7 ME; Vinay Tewari fills in spot
MUMBAI: The managing editor of Network18 Group’s Hindi news channel IBN7, Ashutosh, has put in his papers, passing the mantle to Vinay Tewari who was the MD of CNN IBN. Tewari will now lead both the channels’ editorial operations in the same capacity, as well as driving network synergies at CNN IBN and IBN7.
Commenting on the development, Network18 Group CEO B Sai Kumar said, “Ashutosh has played a key role in IBN7’s emergence as one of the most credible brands in Hindi news. We thank him for his immense contribution and commitment to the network. Vinay Tewari has led CNN-IBN admirably and in this expanded mandate, we’re confident that he will not only take IBN7 to new heights editorially but also strengthen our general news network further”
IBN News Network editor-in-chief Rajdeep Sardesai added, “Ashutosh has been a driving force behind IBN7 and his passion and leadership has been instrumental in making it into a fearless and independent voice in Hindi journalism. Vinay has been an integral part of the general news network from the very beginning and I’m confident that he will bring his unique perspective and rich news experience to bear at IBN7 and the network.”
Tewari has over two decades of experience in journalism across reportage, desk, news production and special events coverage. Prior to Network18, he had stints with the TV Today Network, Times of India and The Pioneer.
“IBN7 today stands for the best in hard-hitting and inclusive journalism and it’s a privilege for me to lead it further. I look forward to working closely with the talented and passionate team to ensure we honour the trust of our viewers in IBN7 and ensure that both CNN-IBN and IBN7 benefit and capitalise from the general news network in equal measure,” stated Tewari.
At IBN7, Ashutosh was responsible for the overall editorial content on the channel and headed a team of more than 250 journalists. He is also the only Hindi language TV journalist in independent India who was selected for Dag Hammejoldt UN Scholarship.
Moving out of his role, Ashutosh commented, “Building IBN7 into what it is today has been one of the most satisfying experiences of my professional journey. I would like to thank all my colleagues for their support and look forward to newer challenges.”
Prior to joining IBN7, he was a leading team member of Aaj Tak for more than ten years as one of its primetime anchors. Besides anchoring, his strength lies in on-the-desk and in-field news management. He has widely covered India from one corner to another, especially elections and Kashmir, and that, too, when terrorism was at its peak in Kashmir.