BBC has announced the appointment of Naveen Jhunjhunwala as chief operating officer for the Indian operations of BBC Global News. He will take up this position in Delhi on 1 May, and replaces Preet Dhupar who left the organisation in April.
In addition to running the BBC's finance function in India, Jhunjhunwala will take 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.
Prior to this, he was with Turner International India and served most recently as VP– corporate finance & administration.
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. 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.”
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.
“India is a country we are proud to have been broadcasting to and from for more than seven decades and we remain committed to our audiences here. We have featured India in two dedicated programming seasons on BBC World News already this year, have recently launched a new Indian edition of bbc.com/mobile and are mid-way through our most comprehensive coverage ever of the Indian general election. I am sure Naveen will be invaluable as we work to develop even further in this exciting and dynamic market.”