IBF elects Star & Disney India’s K Madhavan as president

Madhavan will take the reins from NP Singh, MD and CEO, Sony Pictures Networks India, who held the position for two years.

MUMBAI: The Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF), the apex body of Indian broadcasters, has elected K Madhavan, managing director of Star & Disney India, as president during its 21st Annual General Meeting on Friday.

Madhavan will take the reins from NP Singh, MD and CEO, Sony Pictures Networks India, who held the position for two years.

He has been an active member of IBF since 2012 and is also the Chair of CII’s National Committee on media and entertainment for the ongoing year. He started his journey with Star India in 2009, after Star India acquired Asianet, and took over as the Managing Director of the Network in January this year.


Madhavan said that the Indian broadcasting sector is going through a tumultuous time, battling the pandemic and instability in the regulatory space. “IBF has played an instrumental role in advocating the interests of the sector, and my predecessors have contributed immensely in evolving the foundation’s stature and purpose. I take on this role with a great sense of responsibility and commitment to champion the cause of the broadcasting sector,” he said.

The IBF Board has also elected Rajat Sharma, chairman, India TV; Siddharth Jain, MD (South Asia), Turner International; and Rahul Joshi, MD, Viacom18 as Vice Presidents.

Shashi Shekhar Vempati, CEO, Prasar Bharati, was elected as treasurer.
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“I am pleased that someone of the caliber of Madhavan is taking over the reins and will lead the foundation,” said NP singh. “I welcome his selection wholeheartedly. His in-depth knowledge and insights into the sector will help guide the foundation members through these challenging times. I wish him the best in this new endeavour.”

Singh will continue to be a director on the IBF board. Other directors include TV Today Network chairman Aroon Purie; Eenadu TV director I Venkat; Zee Entertainment Enterprises (ZEE) MD and CEO Punit Goenka; ZEE CEO- Domestic Broadcast Business Punit Misra; SPN president of network sales and international business Rohit Gupta; and The Walt Disney APAC President and chairman Star and Disney India Uday Shankar.

Co-opted directors include Megha Tata, MD - South Asia, Discovery Communications India and John Brittas, MD and CEO, Malayalam Communications.

IBF members provide channels and programmes that deliver about 90% of television viewership in India.
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