21 June, 2021

Without Fear Or Favour

Nikhil Wagle, OSM Journalist of the year

Photograph by Rohan Rajan Pingle
Without Fear Or Favour

Nikhil Wagle, OSM Journalist of the year, is the editor-in-chief of Maharashtra1 news channel. Wagle, now 57, had become the youngest editor in India in 1980 when he took charge at Dinank just two years after entering the profession.

But his longest stint was at Aapla Mahanagar, which he founded in 1990. Fearless and direct, the daily tabloid took on politicians and the powerful, incurring the wrath of parties like the Shiv Sena. Wagle’s office was attacked by Sena workers; on another occasion, he was hurt. However, that did not scare him. When he was editor of the popular IBN Lokmat news channel, Wagle created a brand of people-centric and politically courageous news channel in Marathi. His show, Great Bhet (great meeting), featuring guests such as Sachin Tendulkar, Amir Khan, Nana Patekar and Rujuta Diwekar turned out to be a big hit and was later turned into a book.

In 2015, he started Maharashtra1, one year after he quit IBN Lokmat following differences with the new management of Network 18.

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