January 2020


K Madhavan, MD for Star India's South Business has been promoted & given charge of all Television businesses of Star India & Disney, in the country.

The portfolios were vacant after Sanjay Gupta left Star to Head Google in India.

K Madhavan will directly report into Uday Shankar for his Television portfolio comprising of Entertainment, Sports and Studios.

K Madhavan was a logical choice, since he was anyways the Number 3 person at Star India, after Uday Shankar & Sanjay Gupta. The new appointment will ensure continuity within Star and provide internal recognition.

Madhavan was Star India's MD South business since 2016. In April, he was elevated to run all regional language channels within the Star network.

Madhavan joined Star in 2008 when Star acquired 51% stake in the Kerala based channel. Star bought full control of Asianet in 2014. by then, Madhavan had expanded Asianet to other Southern markets.

Currently, K. Madhavan is also a Board Member and Vice President of the Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF).


Uday Shankar - President of The Walt Disney Company Asia Pacific, & Chairman Star India & The Walt Disney Company India - will directly oversee Hotstar's operations, for now.

Hotstar has been headless since last year when Ajit Mohan decided to move to Facebook India as its India head.

Nitin Bawankule, who since October 2019 Heads Ad sales, will now report to K Madhavan for TV & Uday Shankar for Hotstar ad sales. n