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Sachin Kalbag appointed executive editor of Hindustan Times

Sachin Kalbag, resident editor of The Hindu newspaper in Mumbai, has been appointed as executive editor of the Hindustan Times’s national edition, reports Best Media Info. Kalbag confirmed the development through a series of replies on Twitter said that he will be with The Hindu until January 20 in a tweet.

He will be reporting to editor-in-chief Sukumar Ranganathan but will be based out of Mumbai and will be closely involved with the city’s edition as well.

This is Kalbag’s second stint at Hindustan Times where he functioned as online editor from July 2007 to March 2008. At the time, he led a team of 17 writers, editors, and designers and was responsible for increasing the website’s traffic significantly. He also led the mobile Breaking News team which had tie-ups with several telecom operators.

Prior to The Hindu, Kalbag was the editor of Mid Day for more than four years. He also served as a senior editor for Mail Today and Washington Correspondent for DNA. In 2003, he served as executive editor for Digit Magazine.

Sukumar was appointed as editor-in-chief following Bobby Ghosh’s departure. 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 for his resignation.

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, Sandeep Jain, chief strategy officer at HT Media 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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