Zee Media, which owns the English daily DNA, announced that Rohit Gandhi who is currently heading Zee Media’s English news channel WION (as Editor-in-Chief), will additionally take over the role of Editor-in-Chief of DNA as well. Uday Nirgudkar who has been heading DNA along with Zee 24 Taas, will now continue to lead Zee 24 Taas as its Business Head.
Additionally, Mrs. Shreyasi Goenka, who has been mentoring content at DNA for a while, will now take the responsibility of Content Advisor and will guide all functions of DNA.
Before joining Zee Media in August last year, Rohit Gandhi had previously worked with South Asian International News for 8 years as Producer cum International Correspondent. Other notable positions held by Gandhi includes Correspondent/producer role at CBC (1 year), Producer/Editor at CNN (6 years), and other PR and media agencies including NDTV.
Other appointments/shuffles at Zee
In November 2015, Zee Media had elevated Pooja Gupta from deputy VP of content strategy and marketing to the head of marketing. Gupta is based in Noida and reports to R K Arora, COO of Zee Media, who was her boss from her previous role. She currently focuses on building brand awareness across sectors and verticals and advertiser-customer relationships.
In April 2015, Zee Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (Zeel) hired Piyush Sharma as the CEO of new initiatives for India and Asia-Pacific. In his role, Sharma is responsible for new initiatives like showcasing programming and content across multiple media platform including web, mobile and on-demand video.
Zee Entertainment financials
Advertising continued to increase its share in the revenue mix of Zee Entertainment as the company reported advertising revenues of Rs 941.88 crore for the quarter ended December 31, 2015, up 26.8% year-on-year (YoY) compared to Rs 742.6 crore in the same period last year.
Other developments from Zee Group
-Last month, Zee Media Corporation Limited announced the launch of its television news channel called WION (World is One News) in the summer. The new channel will report global news and issues from a South Asian perspective.
-In February, Zee Media acquired 80% majority stake in two of India Today Group companies, Today Merchandise and Today Retail Network. The companies in process of being acquired are working on creating a retail TV channel and an ecommerce website to complement the network.
-In the same month, Zee Digital launched a new video on demand platform called OZEE which streams movies, TV shows, videos and music. As of now, users can use the platform for free, and don’t even have to login to view content.
-In July last year, Zee Entertainment approved in-principle acquisition of 100% equity stake in Sarthak Entertainment Private Limited, which owns and operates ‘SARTHAK’ an Odia language general entertainment channel.