Television

B. Sai Kumar departs from Network18

MUMBAI: People movements continue to dog the Network18 group. The latest to head towards the door is group CEO B. Sai Kumar who spent close to 14 years with Network18, founded by Raghav Bahl.  Sai had ably stepped into Haresh Chawla’s shoes when the latter decided to go his own way in his entrepreneurial forays.

 

A notice to the Bombay Stock Exchange states that Sai Kumar was with the group during its formative years and that he was responsible for the creation and management of the group’s various ventures – the business news partnership with CNBC ; the general news partnership with CNN; the entertainment partnership with Viacom and the infotainment deal with A+E Networks and the group’s digital forays.

 

Sai Kumar's departure comes at a time when the group has reported turnaround financials just yesterday.

 

The BSE  notice quotes Sai Kumar as saying: “Network18 has been an extension of my family. I take with me very good memories and I will always cherish the time spent here. It has been a tremendous learning ground. Passion and hard work – they brought to work everyday. While all good things come to an end, I see it as a new beginning and I am positive and hopeful that Network18 scales new heights hereon.”

 

Added Network18 founder and editor Raghav Bahl in the BSE release: “It’s not easy to describe Sai’s role and contribution to the group. He has been one of the key pillars of the Network18 story. I am truly privileged to have been able to work with someone like Sai who has given the prime of his life to group and development of a baby called Network18, right from the days when it was a fledgling single channel operation to its evolution as one of India’s largest and most diversified and respected media companies. We shall miss him; but there comes a time when one takes heed to one’s calling and I wish Sai all the best for that.”

 

The news has indeed come as a shocker to many in the industry. Amongst those who have put in their papers over the past year include: IBN18 CEO Dilip Venkatraman, CNBC TV18’s Udayan Mukherji, CNN-IBN's Suhasini Haider.

 

Dilip was recently replaced by former Times Television head Avinash Kaul.

 

But the group has senior talent aplenty with the likes of Viacom18 CEO Sudhanshu Vats; Colors CEO Raj Nayak, Indiacast CEO Anuj Gandhi, and Network18 COO  Ajay Chacko.

Latest Reads

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/08/26/PunitMishra_tcm.jpg?itok=jf1azT7O
Zeel hires Unilever's Punit Misra to head domestic broadcast business

MUMBAI: The Essel group owned Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) has filled the missing peg on its leadership roster: the CEO of its domestic broadcast business.

Television TV Channels People
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/08/26/Untitled-1_36.jpg?itok=YgvdV82d
Star World & Star World HD to air 8 new prime time shows across the week

In today’s fast-paced world, consumers have the innate desire to receive instant services and real-time information. The fear of missing out on the latest trends, including the latest and most talked about TV shows has become very real for consumers. As leaders in English entertainment, Star World...

Television TV Channels English Entertainment
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/08/26/Untitled-1_7.jpg?itok=sGC0zzP5
Headhunt on for Siddharth Roy Kapur replacement

Rumours have been floating around about the departure of Disney India managing director Siddharth Roy Kapur for the last fortnight to get into film production.

Television TV Channels People
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/08/26/Untitled-1_37.jpg?itok=Xu8H8Nm0
CNBC-TV18 to host the 11th edition of IBLA

CNBC-TV18 is back with the 11th edition of the prestigious India Business Leader Awards (IBLA) 2015-16.The visionaries that have led India's glorious journey from the front are the champions that CNBC-TV18 looks forward to saluting at the award function which will take place on 30 August in New...

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/08/26/BARC.jpg?itok=4zs26b9s
BARC Week 33: Pay TV channels declines in ratings

MUMBAI: The standout of week 33 was the fall in ratings for all the major pay TV Hindi general entertainment channels, according to Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) all India data.

Television TV Channels Viewership
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/08/25/Broadcast-India-Show-2016_3.jpg?itok=7prYSZ_7
The Indian broadcast & film industry poised to redefine creativity at Broadcast India Show 2016

MUMBAI: Saicom Trade Fairs & Exhibitions Pvt. Ltd. is pleased to announce The Broadcast India Show 2016 to be hosted at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon (E) in Mumbai, India from 20 -22 October 2016.

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/08/25/tv-kids.jpg?itok=fnHNdtOS
Turner appoints Eric Lee to lead its LBE business

MUMBAI: Turner Asia Pacific has appointed Eric Lee as director for Asia Pacific to lead its growing location-based entertainment (LBE) business for the region.

Television TV Channels Kids
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/08/25/prannoy-roy.jpg?itok=YS0RtzjB
NDTV launches two new channels on Virgin cable in UK

MUMBAI: New Delhi Television Ltd (NDTV) has launched two channels on UK based telecommunication mass media company Virgin cable.

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/08/25/Crop%20SPN_1.jpg?itok=MGTVItja
SPN India supports India' Paralympian's for Rio 2016 paralympic games

As a catalyst to the cause of empowering India’s sports talent, Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) has partnered with the GoSports Foundation to identify and support Indian para-athletes across multiple Paralympic disciplines. The support covers high performance training, travel and competition...

Television TV Channels Sports

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories