The troubles at CNN-IBN and IBN7, two of the channels owned by Network 18, just don’t seem to end. First, there was the sacking of 350 employees. Then an IBN7 stringer, Rajesh Verma, was killed in police firing in Muzaffarnagar last month. The channel received sharp criticism on Twitter as it failed to broadcast the news while others aired reports of the incident. These events have hurt the hard-earned reputations of the leadership at the network.
Usually reliable sources tell us that the management is mulling a change in leadership of both CNN-IBN and IBN7 in the coming months. A former bureaucrat who turned around a regional channel, also owned by the corporate house that has a majority stake in Network 18, may replace the current head of at least one of the two channels in the new year.
The man, better known by his pseudonym, doesn’t belong to Delhi’s elite circle of journalists. He is also considered close to a former BJP CM. In spite of this, the man always is always offered a seat on the Prime Minister’s aircraft on foreign visits.