BBC Advertising appoints Vishal Bhatnagar as S. Asia sales director

MUMBAI: BBC Advertising, part of BBC Worldwide - the commercial arm of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), has appointed Vishal Bhatnagar as sales director for South Asia.


Bhatnagar will lead the advertising sales teams across BBC Worldwide’s three South Asia sales offices in Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore, with immediate effect. He will be based in Delhi and will report to BBC Advertising ASEAN & India vice president advertising sales John Williams.


Bhatnagar will be responsible for domestic and international advertising sales for BBC Advertising’s digital and broadcasts assets in South Asia, including the multi-screen product offer around the world-renowned website and the global TV channel BBC World News.

Williams said, “Vishal brings with him a proven track record in business development across traditional and new media in the highly dynamic and fast moving Indian national market, and we are delighted to welcome him to BBC Advertising. As we look to drive future growth across South Asia, Vishal’s experience in leading teams, coupled with the premium content opportunities offered by the BBC, will be invaluable.”


Bhatnagar added, “I am thrilled to be joining BBC Advertising and have the chance to offer partners in South Asia opportunities to be associated with world-class, trusted content from the BBC on TV and online. I’m looking forward to working with the teams in Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore and building new business relationships across the region.”


He joins BBC Advertising from Network18 News Media, where he worked since 2004, most recently as national revenue head for CNN-IBN and head of Focus-IBN 18 News Network. In that role, Bhatnagar led a cross-functional team spanning sales, marketing, content and digital to create, execute and monetise initiatives like IBN18-Microsoft Election Analytics Centre and Network 18-Tata Tea “Power of 49” among others. 

Prior to that, he was CNBC TV18 and CNBC Awaaz senior vice president, where he launched CNBC Universe as a sales platform. Before working for Network18 News Media, he held roles at Times Television and Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd.

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