Voices Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 05:30
The News Minute| June 2, 2014| 11.40 pm IST Second only to who will be in and who will be out in Narendra Modi’s cabinet has been talk about who will be where in the Indian media post Lok Sabha elections. Shekhar Gupta, Editor in Chief of The Indian Express resigned on Monday saying it is time to move when comfort seizes. In his resignation letter also addressing his colleagues Gupta said, "When life becomes cosy for too long, you need to disrupt it. Smugness is the beginning of old age, even if you are in your teens, which I, regrettably, am not." Shekhar Gupta along with two other colleagues is expected to join the India Today group, but there has been no confirmation at the time of writing this copy. Meanwhile Editor-in-Chief of CNN IBN Rajdeep Sardesai has sent a mail to colleagues informing that he and his wife Sagarika Ghose, the channel's Deputy Editor were going on leave for a month and will join duty on July 1, 2014. Sardesai's move to go on a sabbatical comes amidst rumours that the couple were quitting the channel after Network 18 was taken over by Mukesh Ambani group. Sardesai has told a group of employees close to him in the organisation that he will indeed join back. A senior editor in IBN told The News Minute on condition of anonymity, "He told some of us that he is not leaving. But the atmosphere in the organization is no longer conducive and we believe that this sabbatical may become a permanent one." The grapevine in Delhi is abuzz with news that a senior and popular journalist from Headlines Today has been approached by Reliance group to join the editorial team at CNN IBN. A senior editor working with News X channel too has reportedly been approached by the group. It is not just in CNN IBN that many changes in the editorial team is expected. Many senior editors at Headlines Today have exited in the last couple of months and the show is being entirely run by Aroon Purie's daughter Kalli Purie. Apart from Shekhar Gupta taking over as Editorial head of the group. there is also talk of a popular news anchor currently working with an international channel returning to Headlines Today and taking over as Managing Editor of the channel. It is not an overstatement to see that rarely has a change of government in New Delhi entailed such a roller-coaster in India’s English media scene which, in some cases, was as shrill as the political discourse that swept the country in the run-up to the elections. Some editors and business groups jumped ship before the electoral verdict while others have none. In 2013, hundreds of journalists lost their jobs without any security of finding another. Transparency, accountability, conflict of interest, ethics – all have been shaken to the root in recent years. It is fair to state that never has the media been so maligned and questioned as in recent months, and not entirely without reason. If the churning results in much of the same with no new perspectives and mechanisms for accountability, it will mean nothing. If, on the other hand, it leads to a free and fair discussion on the role of journalism in a democracy, a beginning may have been made.
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