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Discovery changes reporting structure for GMs in APAC as Arthur Bastings quits

MUMBAI: Discovery Communications has decided to change the reporting structure for the General Managers of key markets in Asia Pacific including India.

Going forward, the General Managers for India, Japan/North Asia, Greater China, Southeast Asia and Australia, New Zealand and Pacific will report directly to Discovery Networks International CEO & President Jean-Briac Perrette.

The move comes as Discovery Asia Pacific president and MD Arthur Bastings has quit. Bastings will be with the company until the end of 2017.

“With two-thirds of the world’s population residing across Asia Pacific, it remains a very important geography for the long-term growth of our business,” a Discovery spokesperson said.

“Moving forward, the General Managers for India, Japan/North Asia, Greater China, Southeast Asia and Australia, New Zealand and Pacific will report directly to Jean-Briac Perrette, CEO & President, Discovery Networks International.”

Karan Bajaj is the SVP & GM of Discovery Networks South Asia. The first major move made by Bajaj after taking charge was entering the sports genre with DSport.

The factual entertainment network is also getting into general entertainment space with a male GEC Discovery Jeet. Bajaj also plans to scale up the local content creation from India.

The spokesperson further added that Bastings has chosen not to renew his contract and will leave his position of president & MD of Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific at the end of the year.

“After re-joining Discovery in 2015, Bastings recruited a diverse and talented new leadership team drawn from digital and direct-to-consumer backgrounds, and shifted the operating model towards stand-alone market clusters and future-facing products,” the spokesperson added.