Zakka Jacob to lead editorial strategy at CNN News18

Zakka Jacob

As the Managing Editor of CNN News 18, Zakka Jacob will work on new ideas, formats and programs while leading a young crew at the channel.

A media professional with over 18 years of experience in the industry, Zakka Jacob has been hosting channel’s flagship show Brass Tacks. With his approach and demeanour, he has earned the ‘thinking man’s anchor’ moniker in the television news industry. Previously, Zakka Jacob was the Executive Editor at CNN News18. He will now lead the editorial strategy at the channel.

The appointment of Zakka marks a generational shift for CNN News18, one in which one of the oldest channels is being run by the youngest crew in its genre. 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.

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In his spell with CNN-News18, Zakka has managed to carve a niche in the crowded and noisy primetime, which is dominated by loud talking panellists and shouting matches that pass off as debates.

Zakka Jacob has won the Asian Television Award for Best Anchor in Asia, twice, that is, in 2016 and in 2018. Recently, he was chosen in Impact Magazine’s 40 under 40 list 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.

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