K Madhavan named IBF President

Madhavan is Managing Director of Star & Disney India

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: Sep 25, 2020 2:57 PM

K Madhavan has been named the new President of the Indian Broadcasting Foundation. Prior to his elevation, Madhavan was serving as the Vice President - IBF (Regional Affairs) MD, of the apex organisation representing television broadcasters. The decision was announced at the 21stAnnual General Meeting (AGM) of the IBF, held on September 25, 2020.

The Managing Director of Star & Disney India, Madhavan will be taking over from NP Singh, CEO & MD of Sony Pictures Networks.

Speaking on his appointment,  K. Madhavan said, “It is my honor to lead IBF at a time when the Indian broadcasting sector is going through a tumultuous time, battling the pandemic and instability in the regulatory space. IBF has played an instrumental role in advocating the interests of the sector, and my predecessors have contributed immensely in evolving the foundation’s stature and purpose. I take on this role with a great sense of responsibility and commitment to champion the cause of the broadcasting sector.”

Outgoing IBF President  N.P Singh said, “I am pleased that someone of the caliber of K. Madhavan is taking over the reins and will lead the foundation. I welcome his selection wholeheartedly. His in-depth knowledge and insights into the sector will help guide the foundation members through these challenging times. I wish him the best in this new endeavor.”

Madhavan oversees Star & Disney India’s television business spanning across entertainment, sports and regional channels and the studios business in India. He is responsible for driving the growth of the business, focussing on innovation and creating compelling content for consumers.

Madhavan was appointed as the new Country Manager of Disney and Star India in December 2019.

The IBF Board has also elected the following office bearers of IBF:- 

Vice President-IBF

  • Rajat Sharma, Vice President-IBF and Chairman, India TV
  • Siddharth Jain, Managing Director (South Asia), Turner International
  • Rahul Joshi, Managing Director, Viacom18 


  • Shashi S. Vempati, CEO, Prasar Bharati 

Madhavan has been an active member of IBF since 2012 and is also the Chair of CII’s National Committee on media and entertainment for the ongoing year. He started his journey with Star in 2009 and took over as the Managing Director of the Network in January 2020.

The other Directors on the IBF Board are as under:

  • Aroon Purie, Chairman, TV Today
  • N P Singh, MD & CEO, Sony Pictures Networks and Director, Bangla Entertainment
  • I Venkat, Director, Eenadu TV Ltd
  • Punit Goenka, MD & CEO, Zee Media Corp
  • Punit Misra, CEO-Domestic Broadcast Business, Zee Entertainment
  • Rohit Gupta, President (Network Sales and International Business), Sony Pictures Networks
  • Uday Shankar, President, The Walt Disney Company Asia Pacific and Chairman, Star and Disney India
  • Megha Tata, Managing Director (South Asia), Discovery Communications India (Co-opted Director)
  • John Brittas, Managing Director & Chief Editor, Malayalam Communications Ltd (Co-opted Director)

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