The announcement clears the air on where Pugalia was headed (speculation
was that he might be joining Sahara Samay) as well as paves the
way for the launch sooner rather than later of a Hindi language
business channel by TV18.
Prior to his stint at Star, Pugalia was the executive editor of
Zee News and before that executive producer of Aaj Tak. He has 22
years experience in print, radio as well as television journalism
and spans both business and political reportage.
Welcoming Pugalia on board, Haresh Chawla, CEO, CNBC-TV18 was quoted
in an official release as saying, "…CNBC-TV18's Hindi programming
has received tremendous response from our audience, this will be
further reinforced under his leadership. He brings with him a great
deal of expertise in business and political reportage. We are certain
that he will be an invaluable asset to our channel."
When asked by indiantelevision.com whether Pugalia's appointment
pointed to the launch of TV18 Hindi business news channel in the
near future, Chawla would not be drawn into a comment.
On his appointment, Sanjay Pugalia added, "Business programming
in the Hindi language offers new and exciting possibilities and
challenges. I am looking forward to joining the TV18 team shortly."
Uday Shankar takes charge
as editor of Star News