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Rajdeep Sardesai moves to India Today Group as consulting editor

MUMBAI: Ending weeks of speculation over his next move, senior journalist Rajdeep Sardesai has joined India Today Group as consulting editor.

As a start to his new innings at India Today Group, Rajdeep will be doing a marquee show on Headlines Today and contribute to the revamp of the channel and its alignment with digital.

Rajdeep’s entry into the India Today Group coincides with the exit of veteran journalist Shekhar Gupta just two months after joining the Group as vice-chairman and editor-in-chief.

Rajdeep along with his wife Sagarika Ghose had quit as editor-in-chief of CNN-IBN, IBN7 and IBN Lokmat in July following the complete takeover of Network18 Group by billionaire Mukesh Ambani. Ghose has since joined The Times of India as consulting editor.

Welcoming him to the group, India Today Group Chairman and editor-in-chief Aroon Purie said Rajdeep has been an asset to whichever team he has belonged to, including the cricketing ones. “Great to have him with us. I know he will hit the ball out of the park for Team India Today.”

With 1.52 million followers on Twitter, one of the largest for any news personality, Rajdeep says, “When not chained to the news, I watch sports, read, write, sleep and enjoy family holidays.”

Rajdeep has been founding member of two TV networks. He started his television career in 1994 and was a founding member of NDTV and, subsequently, CNN-IBN. Prior to TV, he worked with The Times of India for six years and was the city editor of the newspaper’s Mumbai edition.

Rajdeep was the editor-in-chief of IBN18 Network heading CNN-IBN, IBN-7 and IBN-Lokmat for nine years. He has just finished his first book based on the historic 2014 elections. He has won several national and international awards for journalism, including the Padma Shri in 2008.

Rajdeep has 26 years of journalistic experience in print and television.

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