Network18 announced the appointment of Avinash Kaul as CEO of the IBN18 Network. Kaul will be responsible for the day-to-day operational, strategic and financial management of the general news network. Amongst the key tasks mandated for Kaul is the consolidation & diversification of TV18’s general news network.
As is known, Kaul had ended his four-year stint with Times Television Network earlier this year, where he was CEO, ET Now, Zoom, and Times Now. (Avinash Kaul puts in his papers as CEO, ET Now, Zoom & Times Now )
Speaking on the occasion B Saikumar, Group CEO Network18, said “Avinash brings a very successful track record as a leader and a wealth of knowledge about the media and broadcasting industry. Now, as we gear up for an ambitious phase of growth, I am convinced that he has the inclusive skills and leadership that are needed to steer us through. He has our best wishes and support."
Ajay Chacko, COO Network18, added, “The IBN18 Network has over the years consolidated its leadership in the news space. I am confident in Avinash’s ability to play a significant role to sustain the growth and leadership momentum of these stellar brands. He will be working closely with the talented and resourceful marketing, editorial and sales teams to achieve this.”
Avinash Kaul said, "With the heightened interest in general news among the populace as is evident in the highest turnout percentage in the General Elections the timing of me joining Network18 couldn’t have been better. My mandate is to ensure leadership of the brands and continued business success with a clear focus on general news across various languages.”
With a career spanning over 16 years, Kaul has rich experience in a variety of roles in sales, marketing & general management across genres like News and Entertainment , Movie and Lifestyle in India. In May 2012, Kaul was given the additional responsibility of Times Now, wherein he was overseeing the operations of all the three channels of the Network – Zoom (entertainment channel), ET Now (English business news channel), and Times Now (English general news channel). He has also worked in leadership and various capacities in networks like STAR, NDTV Media and Discovery Networks among others.