New Delhi: The India Today Group announced on Monday that Shekhar Gupta, the recently appointed vice-chairman and editor-in-chief of the group, has moved into a new role as editorial adviser and that Aroon Purie, chairman of the India Today Group, has resumed control of all editorial responsibilities.

In an email to employees, Purie wrote, “Shekhar has spent the last two months getting to know the organization, and we him. After much thought and discussion, we have decided to restructure our arrangement to our mutual benefit."

“From today, I will resume the responsibilities of editor-in-chief and he will be Editorial Adviser to the India Today Group even as he pursues his creative and entrepreneurial interests."

“Gupta’s weekly column, National Interest, will continue to be published in the India Today magazine and he will continue to write exclusive articles for the magazine as well," the letter said.

“Shekhar, a dear personal friend, remains passionate to the India Today revamp project and will support me and the team. He will attend India Today weekly news meetings to brainstorm with us. He will be available to all of you as a sounding board, critic and mentor," Purie added in his mail.

Speculation is rife that Rajdeep Sardesai, former editor-in-chief at IBN Network, is likely to be appointed as editorial director for the group.

Gupta on his part tweeted, “Aroon Purie’s note on our relationship speaks for both of us. Arun and I find the best of both worlds. Creative ideas and new venture beckons, just what excites a compulsive multi tasker."

Gupta declined to share more details on his future plans.

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