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Zee Media to venture into English news broadcasting; Rohit Gandhi appointed as Editor-in-chief
MUMBAI: Zee Media Corporation Limited (ZMCL), which runs Hindi and regional-language news channels, is entering the English news broadcasting space and has appointed Rohit Gandhi as its editorial head.
Gandhi will be heading the operations of all initiatives in this space. He will work closely with the business head and revenue resources and report directly to Punit Goenka.
TelevisionPost.com had earlier reported that Zee was in talks with CNN to launch an English-language global news channel with an Indian point of view. “We are in talks with CNN. We are looking to have an all-encompassing partnership with CNN,” Essel Group chairman Subhash Chandra had said.
Ten days later, son Punit Goenka has announced the appointment of Gandhi as the editorial head. “Venturing into the English news space allows us to extend our presence in the overall news genre across geographies and even in the international arena. We want to launch a news network for global audiences with an Indian point of view. With Rohit on-board to spearhead this initiative, we are confident that we will be able to showcase a world-class product,” he said.
Gandhi comes with over 23 years of experience across 40 countries. He has managed the complete gamut of the news business and won many international awards including the Edward R. Murrow, Dupont Award, Emmy, Golden Cine Eagle, Gracie Award and the Headliner Award.
“It is a phenomenal opportunity for me to work with Zee and Punit to deliver world-class coverage to viewers at home. We want to continue on the path of providing in-depth, textured coverage across platforms to address the ever-changing needs of the global audiences,” Gandhi said.
He has covered many war zones including Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003. He has also worked on various international field projects in the areas of international relations, politics, socio-economic empowerment, human rights, environment, civil rights and social action and highly sensitive terror investigation, amongst others.
In 2006, Gandhi won the DuPont Award given by Columbia University for coverage of tsunami in South Asia for CNN. In 2008 American Women in Radio And Television awarded him with Gracie Award for ‘Who Cares About The Girls’ on National Geographic Television. In the same year, he also won Edward R. Murrow Award for ‘Child Brides-Stolen Lives’.
Gandhi’s documentary ‘Afghan Warrior’, which was aired on National Geographic, won the Emmy Award and Golden Cine Eagle in 2010.
A Bachelor of Arts (BA) Hons in Sociology and Anthropology from Delhi University and Masters in Communication and Media Studies from Pune University, he also holds a Masters in Broadcast Journalism from Carleton University, Canada.
ZMCL runs two Hindi and eight regional news channels. The company also owns English newspaper DNA.