Top management restructuring at NDTV

By Anindita Sarkar , afaqs!, New Delhi | In Media Publishing | July 28, 2011
Group CEO KVL Narayan Rao to take over as executive vice-chairman of NDTV, while Vikram Chandra will be named Group CEO.

According to highly-placed sources, NDTV will soon undergo a few structural changes in the top management.

Group CEO (chief executive officer) KVL Narayan Rao will don the role of executive vice-chairman, NDTV, while Vikram Chandra will take over as Group CEO.

"The changes are however subject to board approval, which takes place tomorrow," informs a top industry official.

Rao joined NDTV is 1995, prior to which he was Deputy Commissioner of Income Tax with the Government of India, The Indian Revenue Service, for approximately 15 years.

Chandra, who is currently CEO, NDTV Convergence & NDTV Networks, also anchors news and the famous television series The Big Fight on the same channel. He also hosts the tech show Gadget Guru, along with Rajiv Makhni. He has been with NDTV since 1994.

For the record, NDTV network, in March, 2011, decided to split with Aidem Ventures, the outsourced ad sales partner for the network.

NDTV had outsourced its ad sales to Aidem Ventures for one year, after Raj Nayak quit as CEO of NDTV Media, to float his own company. NDTV had brought back Nayak and his team's 26 per cent stake in NDTV Media, a company that was handling the ad sales of the broadcasting company.

Post the split, STAR India and NDTV joined hands wherein STAR India was to handle the ad sales for the three NDTV news channels -- NDTV 24x7, NDTV India and NDTV Profit.

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