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Rahul Shivshankar quits NewsX, tipped to join Times Now

MUMBAI: TV news anchor Rahul Shivshankar has quit as editor-in-chief of NewsX and is tipped to join Times Now as chief editor. At Times Now, the buzz is that he would replace Arnab Goswami to host the channel’s most popular primetime show ‘The Newshour’.

Rahul-Shivshankar-coverShivshankar’s appointment was confirmed by his NewsX colleague Chandni A Dabas. “Confirming that @RShivshankar is joining Times Now as Chief Editor. The best editor in the business moves on. All the best,” she posted on her Twitter page.

Incidentally, Shivshankar had earlier worked in Times Now under its larger-than-life editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami, who had left the channel last week. Goswami is reportedly planning to start a new English news channel by collaborating with strategic partners.

At NewsX, Shivshankar anchors the channel’s flagship primetime show ‘Nation@9’ on weeknights. He has been dubbed Arnab’s clone for aping the star anchor’s mannerisms while conducting his show.

Shivshankar has 20 years of experience as a journalist. He has been executive editor and primetime anchor with Headlines Today. Between 2005 and 2011 he managed the newsroom at Times Now in the capacity of the station’s sole senior news editor. Rahul won many plaudits for his anchoring and reporting of the 26/11 attacks.

In February 2009, he contributed to an anthology of essays brought out by Roli Books on the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attacks. Apart from his experience in the electronic news space, Shivshankar also worked on the editorial page of the Times of India as a lead writer.