Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific (DNAP) has appointed Arun Thapar as Vice-President, Programming - India. Thapar will be responsible for the overall planning, developing, and execution of programming strategies for DNAP’s six brands in India – Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Discovery Science, Discovery Turbo and Discovery HD World. He will be based in New Delhi and reporting to Rahul Johri, DNAP’s Senior Vice President and General Manager – India.
In his new role, Thapar will also manage and lead all aspects of programming functions, including sourcing, on-air promotions, scheduling, and ‘languaging’ for the Networks’ portfolio of brands in India and will supervise the local programming team.
Announcing the appointment, Johri said, “Arun’s proven track record makes him an excellent addition to the DNAP team. I’m confident that under his leadership, we will continue to bring the highest quality content to our viewers in India and strategically grow our brands.”
Prior to joining DNAP, Thapar was Vice President of Programming at NDTV Lifestyle and was responsible for all aspects of programming, including development, original production, directing and producing programmes across variety of genres, including news, sports, political satire, comedy and travel.