x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Khaleej Times hires Gulf news veteran

The Khaleej Times's management has appointed Bikram Vohra, a former editor of the paper and veteran of Gulf journalism, as the paper's editorial adviser.

The Khaleej Times's management has appointed Bikram Vohra, a former editor of the paper and veteran of Gulf journalism, as the paper's editorial adviser. The move is the latest in a series of management changes at the paper since the company dissolved its board of directors in April. Many changes involved the departure of members of a team brought in last year to overhaul the paper. "Every company has a right to broaden its perspective, improving the management to enlighten itself," said Saghir Khan, the senior vice president of finance and operations for the paper. "It's augmenting the editorial strength and the editorial abilities of the company."

Mr Vohra served as the editor of Khaleej Times in the early 1990s and returned to the paper in 2000 to launch City Times, a tabloid pullout. He has also served as editor of the Gulf News, Emirates Evening Post and Bahrain Tribune. His return to the Times was announced to staff in an e-mail last week saying he had joined the paper on July 25. Mr Vohra could not be reached for comment. His appointment is expected to lead to further management changes at the paper, which has been hard hit by falling advertising sales.

Rahul Sharma, the editor-in-chief, is one of the last leadership members of the team hired last year to relaunch the paper. Didier Brun, a former executive at the International Herald Tribune who was hired as the Times's chief executive last year, left in May, a week after the paper's vice president of advertising departed. Sources close to the paper say that about six other people hired in that period have left.

While the paper retains the sleeker design that Mr Brun helped oversee - created by a New York firm that has done work for The New York Times Magazine - several sources close to the paper believe its owners, the Galadari Brothers Group, want to reassert control. Executives at the Galadari Group did not return calls for comment. In May last year, the paper announced a strategic alliance with IHT to print and distribute its newspaper in the UAE.

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