The BBC has appointed Naveen Jhunjhunwala as Chief Operating Officer for the India operations of BBC Global News, the company which runs the BBC’s commercial news operations, BBC World News and BBC.com/news.
The role was created last year in recognition of the increasing importance of the Indian market to the organisation’s business ambitions. In addition to running the BBC’s finance function in India, Jhunjhunwala will take the responsibility for determining the BBC’s commercial priorities and targets for news across India and for monitoring performance in advertising revenues, content distribution and overall audience growth.
Jhunjhunwala was previously with Turner International India, where he served for many years, most recently as Vice President – Corporate Finance & Administration, overseeing the financial functions for distribution, ad sales and marketing of CNN International, Cartoon Network, Pogo and Home Box Office (HBO) in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan. Prior to Turner, he was with Ernst & Young, New Delhi.
Commenting on his new role, Jhunjhunwala said, “I am delighted to be joining the BBC. I am looking forward to taking up my new role and to being part of the talented team at one of the world’s most renowned news operations.”
He further said, “The BBC is an iconic brand and carries a special position for the Indian audience, and in today’s dynamic market place, with digitisation, growing online penetration and the BBC’s special focus on India, it has exceptional potential for growth in both television and online space.”
Welcoming Jhunjhunwala to the BBC, Jim Egan, CEO, BBC Global News said, “I’m pleased to welcome Naveen on board at such an exciting time for the BBC's news interests in India. Naveen brings with him a wealth of experience and will be a real asset to the BBC, building on the successful work to date of our teams in Delhi and Mumbai.”
Jhunjhunwala will take up his position in Delhi on May 1. He replaces Preet Dhupar, who quit the BBC this month after a stint of 14 years.