Sudeep, Bhupendra and Praveen were working as the managing editor, the executive editor and the editor respectively.
Network18 managing director Rahul Joshi has announced the exit of three top journalists - Bhupendra Chaubey, Sudeep Mukhia and Praveen Thampi. Joshi in an an internal memo to the group’s employees said:
I wish Sudeep Mukhia, Bhupendra Chaubey and Praveen Thampi all the best in their future endeavours. I also thank them from the bottom of my heart for their tremendous contribution to and remarkable leadership of CNN-News18, both TV and digital.
Sudeep Mukhia joined us four years ago and revamped the channel, first along with the widely-admired Managing Editor Radha, before stepping into his shoes admirably. He led from the front and provided the much-needed stability and leadership at a time the channel was going through one of its most challenging phases. Sudeep’s passion fired the newsroom’s imagination as the channel enhanced its reputation in reporting and prime-time programming. I will personally miss Sudeep and his firebrand ways.
Executive editor Bhupendra Chaubey has also decided to hang up his boom. I fondly remember our election trips together, especially to UP where we can both trace our roots to. The Benarasi babu has been a chronicler of the great Indian political story for two decades. As a senior journalist and anchor, he’s a keen student of politics and a great observer of social trends. Bhupen was also the lead prime-time face of this channel for almost a decade. It’s difficult to imagine CNN-News18 without the face that launched a thousand quips!
The strong, silent, talented, backroom boy of CNN-News18, Praveen Thampi, also decided to call it quits in favour of an academic sabbatical. Praveen and I have worked together for over two decades and I remain grateful for his contribution in making News18 digital the powerful force it has become. Just over three years old, news18.com is breaking all records and I have Praveen to thank for it. He’s a gifted writer, and a leader par excellence who’s put together a great team that is taking our digital journalism to newer heights.
It’s always a jolt to any organisation if its big guns coincidentally leave within a few weeks of each other. But if they leave behind a legacy so strong and a second line that’s raring to go, the competition is the one that will face the bigger jolt.