Shekhar Gupta, former editor-in-chief of The Indian Express Group, has been appointed the vice chairman of India Today Group (ITG) and editor-in-chief of all its news properties.
Gupta will report to ITG chairman, Aroon Purie. He will also work closely with Ashish Bagga, group CEO, to effectively grow readership and viewership profitably.
Announcing the appointment, Purie said, “This is a homecoming for Shekhar. He joined India Today in 1983 and was here for 12 eventful years during which he was an outstanding journalist. Shekhar is by far the best reporters’ editor in Indian journalism today. Because of his fierce independence and integrity, he attracts and inspires the finest talent, and I look forward to him bringing an entire ecosystem of excellence on editorial as well as corporate platforms.”
"At a personal level, our friendship has grown as we have bounced ideas off each other about the rapid changes in our business," said Purie, adding, "So Shekhar’s return is a moment of deep satisfaction and vindication of my belief, our shared belief, in the power of good journalism to help make sense of the noise rather than to add to it. Shekhar has also promised to liberate me from day-to-day operations so that I can work to guide the group into a future of great promise, growth and excitement."
Gupta said, “It’s a privilege to have the opportunity to return to the India Today Group to work with Aroon and his fine teams and nurture the most trusted news brands. ITG, with its commitment to excellence and credibility, is best placed to meet the biggest challenge in our business today: to earn the trust and respect of our readers and viewers.”