Industry veterans cheer 'bold and multitasker' Uday Shankar on his promotion
21st Century Fox recently elevated Shankar to President, Asia
On December 5, Uday Shankar, Chairman and CEO, Star India, created headlines in the broadcasting space after Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox elevated him as President of its Asia unit. The industry is elated with the news with leaders congratulating Shankar on his new role.
MK Anand, MD and CEO, Times Network, wished him good luck as he said, “I’m extremely happy and proud that one of our own fraternity is going to occupy the top echelons of Newscorp. I wish Uday luck and success. I’m sure his magical leadership will take his organisation to even greater heights." ”
Raj Nayak, COO – Viacom18, tweeted a congratulatory message, “Congratulations and best wishes Uday on your enhanced role. Cheers!”
Ashish Bhasin, CEO, Chairman & CEO, South Asia, Dentsu Aegis Network, said, “Uday (Shankar) is a very bold leader. In whatever interactions I have had with him, what I like very much is that he speaks his mind upfront. From his actions, you can see that he takes courageous decisions. These are qualities that help make a good leader. I congratulate him on this elevation which is very well-deserved and I am sure he will take his organisation to even further heights."
Sam Balsara, Chairman, Madison World, said, “I would say it’s a richly deserved elevation which was bound to happen sooner or later. Uday has done a great a job at Star and for the Indian television industry and he is bound to go to places.”
Even Anupriya Acharya, CEO, Publicis Media, didn't find his elevation surprising, as she said,“We are very happy for him. In fact, this is not surprising at all given the way he has successfully handled all his previous roles and raised the bar. We wish him more success in his new role.”
Anurradha Prasad, Owner, B.A.G Films & Media Ltd, thinks Shankar is someone to look up to. She said, "His elevation is great news for our industry. Uday (Shankar) has proved that he is a multi-tasker and he has proved this by moving from a news industry to heading the biggest entertainment brand in India. He is somebody to look up to and someone you can always learn from."
Shankar will lead video businesses across all of Asia, including Star India and Fox Networks Group, and work closely with 21CF leadership. Incidentally, Disney and 21st Century Fox are soon expected to finalise a $60 billion merger deal.
Shankar will also continue to serve as Chairman and CEO for Star India.
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