Rohit Gandhi, the editor-in-chief of television news channel WION News and daily DNA, has put his papers down at the company, reports exchange4media. A spokesperson for Zee Media Corporation, the parent company which owns the channel and newspaper, declined to comment about the development when contacted and said that it would be issuing a statement later. MediaNama will update once we hear from them.
An employee at DNA confirmed to MediaNama that Gandhi has quit from his position on condition of anonymity. Meanwhile, Gandhi’s Twitter bio indicates that he has returned to South Asian International News (SAIN) as editor-in-chief. Gandhi was appointed editor-in-chief of DNA April 2016 and was appointed the head of WION in March 2015. He was in charge of all operations and was responsible for hiring the entire editorial and technical teams at WION.
Gandhi had previously worked with South Asian International News for eight years as Producer and International Correspondent. Other notable positions held by Gandhi includes Correspondent and producer role at CBC (1 year), Producer Editor at CNN (6 years), and other PR and media agencies including NDTV.
WION commenced its operations in 2015 and initially, it began as a mobile/digital first platform and later became an international television channel. News content was made available to audiences on their preferred screens. The network also looks at user-generated content. WION said it would have bureaus across the globe and will have a mix of journalists with diverse nationalities. This comes at at time when many foreign bureaus are being shut down by western media houses.
Other changes at DNA: Uday Nirgudkar who had been heading DNA along with Zee 24 Taas, will now lead Zee 24 Taas as its Business Head. Additionally, 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.