Uday Sodhi, business head, SonyLIV, has decided to move on, after building up the digital business of Sony Pictures Networks (SPN) for almost 5 years. With Sodhi’s movement, the mantle of SonyLIV will now be shouldered by Danish Khan as the newly appointed business head of SPN’s digital business. This will be in addition to Danish’s responsibilities as business head of Sony Entertainment Television (SET) and Studio NEXT.
Partho Dasgupta, CEO, BARC India, has recently announced his plans to relinquish his position and move on. Sunil Lulla, who brings over 35 years of media and marketing experience and an industry veteran, is being appointed as CEO of BARC India.
The News Broadcasters Federation (NBF) has elected Arnab Goswami, managing director and EIC of Republic TV, as president of its governing board. The body of 78 news channels in 14 languages, representing broadcasters from 25 states, met on December 7, 2019 to finalize modalities of a self-regulatory organization – News Broadcasters Federation Authority – to bring in transparent self-regulation on content. The members unanimously elected Goswami. He will run the secretariat being set up in New Delhi, given the proximity to government ministries, concerned departments, and industry regulators.
BBC Global News – the BBC’s international commercial news, sports and features arm – is expanding its commercial team in India by announcing Rahul Sood as the new managing director for India and South Asia. Joining in January 2020, Sood will have responsibility for leading the strategic growth of commercial activities across the business. Sood will report to Chris Davies, global EVP marketing and distribution; and Alistair McEwan, SVP commercial development, Asia and ANZ. He will assume management of the commercial sales teams across the region with head of distribution, Sunil Joshi; and advertising sales director, Vishal Bhatnagar, reporting directly to him. Sood joins from NDTV where, as head of sales and business development, he successfully launched NDTV channels across linear and digital in over 70 countries.