Zakka Jacob To Lead the Youngest Media Crew As CNN News18 Managing Editor
One of the leading English news channels of the country, CNN News18 has a new face at the helm of affairs. Recently, the channel has announced that their Executive Editor Zakka Jacob has been elevated to the position of Managing Editor.
The announcement came at a time when the oldest news channel of the country is run by the youngest crew. Zakka’s shift will further consolidate that generational shift in the channel.
A Shift Towards the Young
While most news agencies are run by old experienced journalists, CNN News18 has made a conscious effort to tap the young guns and train them to be as impactful as the experienced ones. This has made them a formidable news channel – one which is totally in sync with today’s time.
The average age of the newsroom Zakka leads is well under 40 and is not only geared up to challenge some of the more established names, but also to shake up the genre with new ideas, formats, and programs.
A Diligent Warrior Making His Own Path
Being a seasoned media professional with more than 18 years of experience, Zakka is a recognized face of the channel who is known for shows like Brass Tacks. His calm composed nature and inimitable approach have made him the ‘thinking man’s anchor’ of the television news industry.
In the past 18 years, he has carved his niche role which managed to hold public attention amidst this cacophony of noises in panel discussions and debates.
- Zakka Jacob is the only Indian anchor who has won the prestigious Asian Television Award for Best Anchor in Asia, twice, that is, in 2016 and again in 2018.
- Recently, he was chosen in Impact Magazine’s 40 under 40 lists of influential media persons.
- Prior to joining CNN News18, Zakka worked in China Central Television from 2011 to 2014 becoming the first South Asian face on Chinese television.
- He started off his career in 2001 with Sun News a regional channel before moving to New Delhi with Headlines Today