reportedly, put in his papers today citing personal reasons. His
future course of action is not known yet, though there are talks
of "some options" available with him.
Jagran TV director Siddhartha Gupta told Indiantelevision.com
that the parting was "amicable."
Later in the evening, an official statement hailed Ghosh's "invaluable
contributions as a founding member of Channel 7" and wished
him "the very best" in his future ventures.
Broadcast industry sources indicated that after being instrumental
in launching two news channels, Sahara Samay Rashtriya and Channel
7, Ghosh would find it difficult to get that type of challenges
and satisfaction in existing news ventures.
Ghosh, a print medium journalist migrated to television towards
the end of the last century when he joined NDTV. Towards the beginning
of this decade, Ghosh, along with another NDTV staffer, Shireen,
joined the Sahara group to spearhead its national news channel.
Both Shireen and Ghosh quit Sahara last year.
Channel 7, where Ghosh joined in December last as its news director,
went formally on air 2 April, promising different treatment to its
programming tilted towards non-fiction and hopped on to a DTH platform
at the same time to increase its reach, which is supplemented by
the cable networks it is managing to ride.
The channel, which has been set up to cater to the vast Hindi-speaking
audiences, has lined up several innovative shows like Giraftaar
that do not have any anchor, but is a seamless series of crime stories.
The launch of Channel 7, managed by Jagran TV Pvt Ltd, marks the
entry of Dainik Jagran, a dominant print medium player, into the
TV broadcasting arena. The free-to-air Hindi satellite channel has
also confident of securing a presence in 28 million households,
across 300 cities in the first month of operations itself, which,
incidentally, is today.
The news channel segment is once again witnessing churning as the
turnover in various media
organisations is rising. A reason could be some of the big names
of Indian television trying to strike out on their own. This includes
former managing editor of NDTV, Rajdeep Sardesai, too, who has promised
a news product that would be different.
The Rs. 5,500 million news television market is dominated by the
present market leader Aaj Tak, which has managed to hang on to the
numero uno position for several years, followed by two NDTV channels.
7 focuses on non-fiction programmes
Channel 7 launches 27 March with presence in
20 million homes
grants uplinking permission to Jagran's
news channel - Channel 7