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Vikram Chandra steps down as NDTV CEO, KVL Narayan Rao takes charge

MUMBAI: Veteran journalist and media executive Vikram Chandra has stepped down as group CEO and executive director of NDTV with immediate effect.

Chandra VikramNDTV executive vice-chairperson KVL Narayan Rao will take over the additional responsibilities as group CEO with immediate effect. Rao has been associated with the company for nearly 22 years in various capacities including group CEO and has been a key factor in the creation of NDTV.

Chandra will continue with the company as consulting editor hosting ‘The Big Fight’ and ‘Gadget Guru’. NDTV said that Chandra has expressed the wish to return to full-time journalism within NDTV and focus on the TV shows of the group.

KVL Narayan RaoChandra was appointed group CEO in 2011 for a term of three years, which was further extended by another two years.

Earlier, Barkha Dutt had resigned from her full-time role as managing editor to take up a consulting role with the organisation. Dutt has joined hands with another veteran journalist Shekhar Gupta to launch a news platform ‘The Print’.

“Change is good and change is here. Stepping down as group CEO of NDTV. Will now be consulting editor, so can focus on my TV shows and other areas of interest,” Chandra posted on his Twitter account.