According to information available with indiantelevision.com,
Naqvi took over today as the news director at TV Today and
attended organizational meetings earlier in the day.
A formal comment from TV Today Network, the parent company
of the Aaj Tak and Headlines Today news channels, could not
be elicited immediately.
Naqvi takes the hot seat at TV Today at a time when the company
is witnessing a massive exodus of trained and experienced
personnel across almost all departments. The hardest hit by
the poaching unleashed by the competition, including an aggressive
Doordarshan News, is the editorial department.
This would be Naqvi's second innings with TV Today as he was
the executive editor during the days when Aaj Tak was not
a channel but just a news and current affairs programme on
DD Metro in the 1990s. Then the show used to be hosted by
ace Hindi journalist SP Singh, who passed away some years
back. Subsequently, Aaj Tak tried with Rahul Dev (making occasional
appearances on DD News) and Sanjay Pugalia (at present with
Star News) as hosts, but the two did not turn out to be as
popular as Singh.
Ideally, Naqvi's association with Aaj Tak, like that of Alka
Saxena, Ajay Chowdhry and M Jha, should have continued when
Purie launched a full-fledged channel of the same name, but
it was not to be.
Now, Naqvi makes a return to TV Today and Aaj Tak and would
have to carry out the difficult task of not only keeping the
momentum going, but also attempt to arrest the desertions from
Shankar has quit Aaj Tak, all set to join Star News