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Bhupendra Chaubey takes up consulting role at CNN-IBN

MUMBAI: There is another change at CNN-IBN. After a series of high-profile exits in the editorial team since the takeover of TV18 group by India’s richest man Mukesh Ambani, things have not settled down yet.

In the latest development, CNN-IBN executive editor Bhupendra Chaubey has taken up the role of consulting editor.

Chaubey, who joined the English news channel with Rajdeep Sardesai as political editor, was elevated recently to the position of executive editor.

A close confidant of Sardesai, he had left NDTV with him to be a part of TV18.

Chaubey tweeted, “A 9-year association with CNN-IBN now comes to a point of change! From being the executive editor, I am now going to change my role… While I will be associated with CNN-IBN as a consulting editor, I will be spending my energies in doing a range of new activities.”

After the exits of Sardesai, Sagrika Ghosh and Vinay Tewari, there was speculation that Chaubey also might quit CNN-IBN.

Chaubey wrote on the microblogging site that that he will be much more active on new media platforms, including social networks and digital space.

“In forthcoming days and weeks, you will see a whole range of new initiatives from me. I always feel it’s important to repackage one’s self. You will now be seeing me in the same aggressive manner on new age media platforms; social networks; digital spaces. So while you will still see me hopefully on big days at least once a week on IBNLive, main purpose is to evolve and explore,” he wrote.

With 17 years of experience in journalism, Chaubey wants to have a new beginning. “Journalism without passion and processes of enquiry isn’t journalism. I believe new age media platforms do provide you with that space. 24 hours TV network management doesn’t leave you any space to unlearn and learn again. Hoping to do a lot of that in the New Year,” he wrote.

Interestingly, TV18 founder Raghav Bahl recently launched his digital news venture, Quintillion Media. He has been on a hiring spree, mostly from Network18 group or from people who have earlier worked with him.

Former FirstPost editor Dhiraj Nayyar has joined as managing editor, while former CNN-IBN journalist Toral Varia is associate editor. Bahl has also hired former CNN-IBN news editor Girish Nair and DNA’s Namita Handa.