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Bobby Ghosh: From BW BusinessWorld To Global Editor Back In India At Hindustan Times

The new editor of HT Digital Streams comes after successful stints in BW Businessworld, Far Eastern Economic Review, Time and Quartz

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There is no dearth of talented Indians who have done exceedingly well at a global level. Information. Technology, Management Consultancy and Banking come immediately to mind. But you will find success stories even in media. The latest example is Bobby Aparisim Ghosh, who is all set to take over as editor at Hindustan Times, one of the oldest and largest print media houses in India. Bobby Ghosh leaves his editorial position at Quartz to make the move back to India. He will report to chairperson Shobhana Bhartia. Interestingly, this would be the second time Ms Bhartia has hired a global success from global media. She had also picked up Raju Narisetti from Wall Street Journal to lead and launch the financial newspaper Mint back in 2007. It is regarded as a rare recent success in these turbulent times for media even though insiders say that advertising revenues are still a challenge. Narisetti is currently with News Corp, the media conglomerate owned by Rupert Murdoch.

Another interesting factor is about how "small" and interconnected the world of media is. In 2013, when Bobby Ghosh took as the World Editor of Time magazine (the first non-American to do so), Indrajit Hazra (who is currently with the Times of India group) had done an interview based profile of Ghosh for Hindustan Times. In a fairly free-wheeling interview, Ghosh had spoken to Hazra about many things. One of his best memories is his "stroke of fortune" experience he had while working for BW BusinessWorld in the 1990s. Here is now Bobby Ghosh describes it in his own words: "Ghosh recollects his 'fortune cookie' luck when he was in BusinessWorld. "I was visiting our Bombay office and chewing the fat with my then boss Sanjoy Narayan (who happens to now be the editor-in-chief of Hindustan Times). While chatting, a copy of the Far Eastern Economic weekly landed on Sanjoy's desk and while flipping through it, he showed me an ad in the magazine for an editor's job. 'It sounds like a job for you,' Sanjoy had said, tore the ad and handed it to me. I returned to Delhi, forgot about everything until the cleaning lady took out the scrap which my wife later asked me about. A couple of days later, I applied for the job." He was off to Hong Kong in 1995,"

Incidentally, Ghosh replaces Sanjoy Narayan who has been Editor in Chief of HT for 8 years!