Ravish Kumar, a Ramon Magsaysay award-winning journalist, resigned from NDTV on Wednesday, just one day after the channel’s founders and promoters Prannoy Roy and Radhika Roy resigned as directors from the board of RRPR Holding Private Limited, the news broadcaster’s promoter entity.
According to NDTV, the resignation was effective immediately, and was announced via internal email within the channel, as reported by several news outlets.
Ravish Kumar has been a very important part of NDTV for over two decades. He used to host a variety of shows such as Ravish ki Report, Prime Time, Hum Log, and Des Ki Baat.
NDTV president Suparna Singh on Ravish Kumar
“Few journalists have impacted people as much as Ravish. This reflects in the immense feedback about him; in the crowds he draws everywhere; in the prestigious awards and recognition he has received, within India and internationally; and in his daily reports, which champion the rights and needs of those who are under-served,” NDTV president Suparna Singh said in an email to employees.
The resignation was confirmed by sources in the channel’s editorial department.
This comes amid an open offer by the Adani group to acquire NDTV that is set to close on December 5.
Sudipta Bhattacharya, the chief technology officer of Adani group; Sanjay Pugalia, senior journalist and CEO of Adani’s AMG Media Network; and journalist Senthil Sinniah Chengalvarayan are taking over as directors of the board, NDTV said in a regulatory filing on Tuesday night.
[Source : Business Standard]