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Towards ‘One Network18’, new responsibilities announced for leadership team

New Delhi, 25-May-2023, By IBW Team

Towards ‘One Network18’, new responsibilities announced for leadership team

Continuing its vision of building a converged ‘One Network18’, Network18 has announced appointments and enhanced duties for its top leadership.

The strategic move aims to establish an integrated broadcast and digital ecosystem, driving growth and innovation across all brands within the network.

As part of this development, Network18 has enhanced the roles of key executives within the organization, the media organisation said in a media statement yesterday.

Shivakumar has been appointed as the President of News18 Studios.

Karan Abhishek Singh, CEO of the Hindi News Cluster, will also have an expanded role, taking charge of revenue, ratings, and reputation for the cluster. With a focus on brand growth across channels and platforms, he will drive cross-functional collaboration between editorial, product, technology and other departments.

Smriti Mehra, CEO of the English News Cluster, is a distinguished brand leader for CNBC-TV18, CNN-News18, CNBC-TV18.com and News18 digital (English). In her expanded role, she will oversee revenue, ratings (audience growth) and the reputation of the portfolio.

Smriti will drive brand growth across channels and platforms through cross-functional coordination, bridging editorial, product, technology, and other functions.

Mitul Sangani, CEO of the Regional News Cluster, a proven leader in Network18’s digital business, will now be responsible for revenue, ratings, and reputation for all regional television news channels and digital properties. Apart from this, he will also drive Local18, Network18’s fast-growing hyper-local brand.

Abhinay Chauhan, Executive Vice President of Government Sales, will continue to strengthen Network18’s relationships with state governments and PSUs, while identifying new business opportunities in this vertical.

Ruchir Khanna, COO of Firstpost, has been appointed to develop the product and website with a unique brand proposition, setting it apart from other players in the genre.

Preeti Sahni, COO of Forbes India (print+digital), will continue to lead international sales for the network while extending her responsibilities to lead the Forbes brand across multiple platforms.

Pranav Bakshi has joined Network18 as Head of Partnerships, focusing on creating new opportunities for audience growth and monetization across platforms. He will also work on revenue maximization by leveraging the network’s extensive video content repository.

This leadership team will report to Avinash Kaul and Puneet Singhvi, the co-owners of ‘One Network18.’ Together, they will drive Network18’s vision to become a truly integrated media ecosystem, ensuring continued growth, innovation and audience engagement.


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