Meet Rahul Joshi – The new leader of Viacom18
Joshi has been entrusted with the additional mandate of leading the entire news, entertainment, digital and movies portfolio of the group
The Network18 Group could not have asked for a better successor than Rahul Joshi to lead the media and entertainment business at Viacom18 and build on the strong leadership team that Sudhanshu Vats, the former Group CEO and MD, has left behind.
An additional mandate of leading the entire news, entertainment, digital and movies portfolio of the Reliance group gives Joshi, a significant charge.
In his new role, Joshi will look after the entire Viacom18 business that includes the network's 54 TV channels in Hindi mass entertainment, regional, kids, music and English entertainment along with film studios and digital platforms. In a press statement, Adil Zainulbhai, Chairman of the Board, Network18, has said that the company’s vertical heads will continue to manage their respective portfolios under Joshi’s leadership.
Joshi might be new to the TV entertainment genre but he is no stranger to the news broadcast, digital and print business. He joined the Network18 Group in September 2015 as a CEO and has since proved his mettle. Joshi has now emerged as one of the finest across the three media platforms. In 2018, he was elevated as Managing Director.
Prior to this, Joshi was associated with The Economic Times for more than two decades, where he rose through the ranks quickly to become one of India’s youngest editors. He was Editorial Director when he moved out of the business daily.
Joshi also has the credit of launching ET Now and shaping the brand’s digital platform - ET Online. In the past, he has also worked with The Indian Express.
He is currently on the board of the News Broadcasters Association (NBA).
Viacom18 has emerged as a prominent entertainment broadcaster (excluding sports) with 11.1% viewership share and is poised for accelerated growth in broadcasting, film studio and OTT offerings.
And now, with Joshi at the helm with a rich experience of over three decades in the business, Viacom18 looks all set to touch new heights.
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