Times Network, part of India’s largest media conglomerate, The Times Group announced the appointment of Sujeet Mishra as Head of Marketing, TIMES NOW. In his role, Sujeet will lead the brand’s strategic planning and communication including new brand initiatives, consumer research, market development across ATL, BTL and digital platforms.
Nakul Chopra, currently President AAAI and Senior Advisor, Public Communications has been elected as the next Chairman of BARC (Broadcast Audience Research Council) India, an industry body set up to design, commission, supervise and own an accurate, reliable and timely television audience measurement system for India. Nakul succeeds Viacom18 Group CEO Sudhanshu Vats, who successfully completed his one-year tenure as Chairman.
Brian Sullivan has been promoted to the president, COO by Fox Networks Group. He will replace Randy Freer who had left to become Hulu CEO.
Suparna Singh has been appointed as the CEO of NDTV; she replaced KVL Narayan Rao, who passed away in November. Earlier, she was the CEO of NDTV Convergence.
The leading OTT player YuppTV has appointed Rajesh Iyer, former &TV business head, as the chief operating officer for APAC and the Middle East. Now he will be responsible to oversee the operations in APAC and the Middle East, along with the task of content acquisition and spearheading the growth and expansion of YuppTV Originals.
Prasar Bharatihas appointed Dr. A Surya Prakash as the chairman for a second consecutive term. The veteran journalist Dr. Prakash was first appointed as chairman on 28 October 2014. His first term ended in October 2017.
Uday Shankar, Star India chairman and CEO, has been promoted to president -Asia by 21st century Fox. Now he will take care of video businesses across all of Asia, including Star India and Fox Networks Group, and work closely with 21CF leadership on key strategic initiatives in the region.
Discovery Asia Pacific president and MD Arthur Bastings has resigned. He will continue till December end. With his departure, Discovery Communications will change the reporting structure for the General Managers of key markets in Asia Pacific including India.
To strengthen its Product, Digital Marketing and Public Relations, Shemaroo Entertainment Limited has hired three top professionals. The leading content provider for television and digital platform has appointed Vaibhav Goyal as General Manager, Head of Products in New Media & Technologies.
Punam Sharma, a veteran journalist, has been appointed as head of content by Singapore-headquartered online media company Connected to India. She will lead journalists, and oversee video content creation and monetization efforts for the platform.
Manish Dawar, Group CFO, Den Networks, has resigned from Multi system operator. He came to DEN in February 2015. Earlier, Manish was the CFO of Vedanta Group-owned Konkala Resources. Having 17 year experience, Dawar is considered as a highly talented CFO.
Twenty four senior officers of the Indian Information Service (IIS) have been transferred according to an official order by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry (I&B). The list of officers transferred included M V V S Murthy, who was the director general (DG) of the Press Information Bureau (PIB) in Bengaluru; he has been transferred as the DG (South), PIB, Chennai, whereas K S Dhatwalia the current DG in PIB, New Delhi, has been made the DG (Northeast), PIB, Guwahati. There were also transfers of 22 additional director generals.
Nikhil Madhok has returned to his previous employer Star TV after a brief stint at Discovery Networks Asia Pacific. At Star, he will handle content. Some time back, Madhokwas hired by Discovery as SVP, head of products with the specific task of spearheading the re-development of the company’s product suite. He had worked with Star for more than six years.
Vaishali Sharma has been assigned with additional duty to handle the marketing portfolio of Sab TV and Sony Pal. She is also serving as Sony Pictures Network India (SPNI) marketing head of Hindi movie cluster. Vaishali will report to Sab TV and Sony Pal head Neeraj Vyas.
Amrita Pandey has been promoted to the newly created post of Regional Head, Media Distribution & OTT, South Asia by Walt Disney. She will handle the South East Asian (SEA) regional markets of Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam to her current purview of India.
Ira Joshi has replaced Veena Jain as DG of DD News. She was appointed by the ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB). Before this, she was the director general of Press Information Bureau (PIB). DD News is currently producing news content in Hindi, English, Urdu and Sanskrit languages.
Charlie Villar, who is currently the BBC’s Director of Tax, Treasury and Corporate Finance, has been appointed as the Chief Operating Officer by BBC Global News, the BBC’s commercially funded international news vertical.
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