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Navika Kumar elevated to managing editor – politics, Times Now
MUMBAI: Times Network, the broadcast arm of Bennett, Coleman & Company Ltd (BCCL), has elevated Navika Kumar to managing editor (politics) of Times Now. She was earlier the political editor of the channel.
With more than a decade of experience in TV news, Kumar plays a major role in the editorial, programming and production team at Times Now, the leading English news channel from the Times Network bouquet.
In her new role, Kumar will lead the political team of Times Now and guide the channel to scale greater heights by upholding the journalistic tradition of breaking exclusive stories that epitomise the channel’s position of ‘Action Begins Here’. Based out of Delhi, she will directly report to chief editor Rahul Shivshankar.
Times Network MD & CEO MK Anand said, “I am pleased to announce the elevation of Navika Kumar to managing editor – politics, Times Now. She is known for her level of dexterity in handling both political and economic news, and is a leading political historian and commentator of the current decade. We are confident that Navika’s vast knowledge and domain expertise will hold Times Now in good stead and reaffirm the channel’s leadership position in the market.”
Shivshankar said, “Navika is known for her extensive knowledge of Indian politics and business, which reflects in the kind of stories she has broken so far. I congratulate her on the new role as managing editor – politics, Times Now. I’m confident that she will continue to contribute immensely towards the growth of Times Now.”
On her new role, Kumar said, “I have been with Times Now since its inception 11 years ago. The channel is like my second home. Politics in the life blood of a vibrant democracy like India. Along with my colleagues at Times Now, we will set new standards in objective political reporting for all our valued stakeholders.”
Kumar is a post-graduate in economics and is among few journalists who have made their imprint in both political as well as business reporting. Known for her deep interest in Indian politics, she has been credited with breaking some of the most prolific stories, including the office for profit story, which led to the resignation of Sonia Gandhi, the CWG scam, which led to the exit of Suresh Kalmadi, the Augusta chopper scam and Aircel–Maxis deal, to name just a few.