Day & Night News is promoted by Kansan News Private Limited (KNPL). KNPL is a new multi-media company which has been set up at Chandigarh to develop and promote diverse media initiatives in north India.
Day & Night News is a multi-lingual 24-hour satellite television news station from Chandigarh with primary focus on Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Delhi & NCR, and Chandigarh.
KNPL has also set up Day & Night Media Institute (www.dayandnightinstitute.com) at Chandigarh and is in the process of starting the second batch of its six-month certificate programme for graduate students.
KNPL will expand its operations in the second phase by adding two more channels and a daily newspaper, besides its language editions.
KNPL’s multi-media project has been planned by Mr Kanwar Sandhu and a team of senior professionals from electronic and print media who have worked on various launches of similar magnitude.
The Core Team
Kanwar Sandhu, Managing Editor
Sandhu is among India’s leading print journalists, brought up in a village near Ganganagar, Rajasthan and educated at the prestigious Punjab Public School, Nabha near Patiala in Punjab.
After receiving a scholarship at the Sports College, Jalandhar, he then went onto become a Post Graduate in English literature and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Panjab University, Chandigarh. Kanwar who had humble beginnings to his career including stints in The Tribune newspaper and the India Today magazine is a keen traveler. He set out in 1986, for a six-week Fellowship sponsored by the American Society of Newspaper Editors and then again in 1990, for a four-month stint with the Programme for Arms Control in the University of Illinois, USA.
The year 1993 saw him appointed as the Resident Editor of The Indian Express, Chandigarh, for six years. He is often remembered for launching India’s first colored daily, the Chandigarh Newsline during his time with the Indian Express, this time also saw him make his TV debut with Doordarshan, hosting the Balanced View, a unique concept at the time, the hard hitting show saw him question one and all. Subsequently, Sandhu became the Editor of Hindustan Times, Chandigarh for nearly nine years, changing journalistic equations in the region yet again.
Today, he is perhaps among the best-known faces of journalism in north India. He is the driving force behind KNPL’s first broadcast initiative, Day & Night News, as its Managing Editor. Day & Night News sees him test new waters, but that is perhaps old news for him!
Harpal Singh, Newsroom Head
He has spent 21 years in the media as a key backroom news-gathering resource. Harpal Singh had a long innings at India Today where he started as a Trainee and became a News Editor in 1997. He has also been the Head of Forward Planning for NDTV, Systems Editor for CNBC, Night Editor for The Indian Express and Associate Executive Producer for Aaj Tak and Headlines Today/ TV Today Network Limited, New Delhi. He is a World Press Institute trainer on Transparency Reporting, and has delivered lectures at different media schools on a variety of media subjects since 1996
Sandeep Katyal, Creative Head
He has spent more than 16 years in various news networks as well as production houses as a planner, content creator, producer, director, supervisor and strategist. He has had a long stint with well-known TV presenter and editor, Rajat Sharma, on his signature show, Aap Ki Adalaat, as its director and producer. He has produced more than a thousand hours of television content belonging to the realms of news, features, documentaries, education, awareness campaigns, promotions and corporate films. His last assignment was at LIVE India TV where he worked as the Channel Producer and Head of Production.
Misha Bhatia, Executive Producer
She has spent a decade and a half as a content writer, producer, director and supervisor. Misha Bhatia’s brush with creativity in the electronic media started at Zee Telefilms and then she worked on Zee News as a producer and anchor. She served two other A-list production houses before setting up her own production company in 2002. She has produced a large body of work belonging to subjects as diverse as botany and bourses. She is presently an Executive Producer for programming content at Day & Night News and responsible for the weekly special shows and productions.
Gurinder Singh Randhawa, Editor (Coordination)
He has spent nearly three decades in various media avenues, with radio as his primary medium of reporting excellence. He has served All India Radio (AIR) in Shimla, Chandigarh and New Delhi. He has also been the Kabul Correspondent of AIR where he spent over two years at a critical time of political transition. He has also served the Press Information Bureau as a spokesperson for the Election Commission of India, Ministries of Home, I&B, Environment & Forests and Industry. His last assignment was at New Delhi where he served as Editor-in-Chief of Central Monitoring Services.