एमजे अकबर को इंडिया टुडे और हेडलाइंस टुडे का एडिटोरियल डायरेक्टर बनाए जाने और प्रभु चावला को इंडिया टुडे मैग्जीन के गैर-अंग्रेजी संस्करणों का प्रभारी बनाए जाने संबंधी जो ईमेल ग्रुप के एडिटर इन चीफ अरूण पुरी ने जारी किया, उसकी एक प्रति भड़ास4मीडिया के भी पास है. पेश है, अरूण पुरी के मेल के प्रमुख अंश-
“It gives me great pleasure in announcing the formation of a brand new SBU (strategic business unit) within Living Media, which will become an independent company very soon, that will address the burgeoning opportunity of Indian language publishing and all related extensions in the Indian language domain. To begin with, all current India Today language brands will be assigned to this new SBU.
This new company will be placed under the leadership of Prabhu Chawla, who will be designated Editor (Languages) and CEO. Prabhu Chawla will report into a Board. Given the tremendous opportunity of this space and in view of his new responsibilities, Chawla will give up the editorship of India Today – English edition and India Today – international and all their related extensions.
“As editor of the magazine for the last 14 years he has done great work in turning it into a weekly from fortnightly and maintaining its position as India’s leading newsmagazine. He will also be consulting editor to Business Today.
“Prabhu’s new mandate will be to address the business and editorial opportunity of Indian language publishing in an aggressive and focused manner. His efforts will be directed towards growing the existing language publications and to launch many more new language publications in the future. In collaboration with ITGD (India Today Group Digital) he will be addressing digital opportunities in the language space as well.
“Prabhu will continue to be associated with Seedhi Baat in Aaj Tak and will spearhead the group’s initiative in setting up a media/journalism institute. He will also continue to lead the group’s content archival project and the library resources. This comes into effect from September 24th, 2010.
“It also gives me immense pleasure in announcing the appointment of M. J. Akbar as editorial director of India Today (English) and India Today (international) and their related extensions.
“He will also have the additional charge as Editorial Director of Headlines Today.
“MJ, as he is popularly known in the industry needs no introduction, given his rich and long experience in launching, managing and leading several top print publications in the country. MJ comes on board effective September 24th, 2010 and will report to me.
“As you can see, these are significant changes in the editorial leadership of our group’s flagship brands, which I am sure will be transformed by them to meet the challenges of the fast changing world that we live in. They will explore new opportunities too.
“Please join me in wishing Prabhu and MJ the very best and I also seek your active support in making this a smooth and successful transition.”