Managing Editor, Ashutosh has quit Hindi news channel, IBN7, to be replaced with Vinay Tewari from sister channel, CNN IBN.
BestMediaInfo reports that Ashutosh�۪s departure has been triggered by his strong pro-Aam Aadmi Party editorial stance which has reflected in the channel�۪s coverage. Speculation is rife that he is all set to join the party.
At IBN7, he was responsible for the overall editorial content and headed a team of more than 250 journalists. Prior to joining IBN7, Ashutosh was with Aaj Tak for ten years.
Network18, B.Sai Kumar, Group CEO, Network18 said ���Ashutosh has played a key role in IBN7�۪s emergence as one of the most credible brands in Hindi news. We thank him for his immense contribution and commitment to the Network. Vinay has led CNN-IBN admirably and in this expanded mandate, we�۪re confident that he will not only take IBN7 to new heights editorially but also strengthen our general news network further�
Rajdeep Sardesai, Editor-In-Chief, IBN News Network commented, ���Ashu has been a driving force behind IBN7 and his passion and leadership has been instrumental in making it into a fearless and independent voice in Hindi journalism. We thank him for his stellar effort and wish him the very best. Vinay has been an integral part of the general news network from the very beginning and I�۪m confident that he will bring his unique perspective and rich news experience to bear at IBN7 and the network �
Ashutosh added ���Building IBN7 into what it is today has been one of the most satisfying experiences of my professional journey. I would like to thank all my colleagues for their support and look forward to newer challenges�
Vinay Tewari commented ���IBN7 today stands for the best in hard-hitting and inclusive journalism and it�۪s a privilege for me to lead it further. I look forward to working closely with the talented and passionate team to ensure we honor the trust of our viewers in IBN7 and ensure that both CNN-IBN and IBN7 benefit and capitalize from the general news network in equal measure�
Tewari has over two decades of experience in journalism across reportage, desk, news production and special events coverage. Prior to Network18, he has had stints with the TV Today Network, Times of India and The Pioneer.