Sunday, May 19, 2013

Unusual appointment in the Indian media

Indians holding high positions in MNCs abroad no longer makes news. Foreigners holding similar positions in MNCs too does not make news. But foreigners holding high positions in Indian firms in India still makes news. The airline industry has opted for foreigners (for example, Jet Air) from time to time but I can't think of this being phenomenon being pervasive.

So it's interesting that Hindustan Times has appointed a South African as its Chief Editorial and Content Officer ( in itself a new designation in the Indian media). A foreigner determining editorial content- deciding how the news is to be played and, perhaps, what commentary is appropriate- would mean a completely new perspective on newspaper content. As somebody who welcomes newness, innovation and fresh perspective, I am inclined to believe that this is a positive development, no matter what the eventual outcome (in terms of commercial success) is. So, what do we expect next? A New York Times or Guardian journalist as editor of one of our English papers?

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