Bobby Ghosh, the editor-in-chief, of Hindustan Times has quit the organization for “personal reasons” and will be returning to New York. The news was broken through an email to staff by the chairperson of HT Media Shobhana Bhartia.

She added that Ghosh agreed to stay on “for a while” in his capacity as editor-in-chief to help with the process of transition and complete the projects he had launched. He was appointed editor-in-chief in of the Hindustan Times in December 2016 following the departure of Sanjoy Narayan, who had run the newspaper since 2008.

Note it is unclear the exact reason for Ghosh’s departure but Outlook Magazine, citing a source in the company, said that pressure from the government” could be a reason behind his resignation. However, other sources termed it as speculation and that the announcement came as a shock to the newsroom.

Ghosh was brought onboard to head HT Digital Streams Ltd where he led a transformation of various news products. His stint in the media organization was 14 months. He previously managing editor of the business news website Quartz and TIME Magazine’s World Editor. He was the first non-American to be named World Editor in TIME’s more than 80 years and had previously been TIME’s Baghdad bureau chief, and one of the longest-serving correspondents in Iraq. He has written stories from other conflict areas, like Palestine and Kashmir.

This year has been tumultuous for HT Media as it pulled shutters on four editions and three bureaus, including its business bureau in Mumbai and Delhi, laying off an unknown number of journalists. Many estimate that 150 journalists were forced to resign from the company.

In January 2017, in another analyst call, Jain stressed that the company is not done with the “cost optimization” yet. “The first part of the exercise was on print, and we continue to focus on print… On digital, we are taking action, but it’s not within the scope of the project that we embarked on.” Jain declined to comment on how much of the “cost optimization” exercise has been completed, despite being asked for more details repeatedly.

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Full text of Bhartia’s email

Dear All,

I am deeply disappointed to share the news that Bobby Ghosh will be returning to New York, for personal reasons.

Bobby has only been with HT Digital Streams Ltd. for 14 months, but in that time he has engineered a dramatic transformation of our various news products. This is reflected not only in our traffic numbers, but in the sheer ambition of our journalism. Under his leadership, HT Newsroom has pursued bold ideas and has addressed some of the most pressing issues of our time. We have come to be recognized as the place for journalistic innovation and enterprise.

We will miss him, but I am confident that the newsroom leadership team he has nurtured will more than live up to the challenge.

At my request, Bobby has agreed to stay on for a while, to help in the transition and complete some projects he has already launched.

There will be time for proper farewells. For now, please join me in wishing Bobby the best in his next adventures.

Shobhana Bhartia

Chairperson

HT Media