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BBC Global News appoints Naveen Jhunjhunwala as India COO

MUMBAI: The BBC has appointed Naveen Jhunjhunwala as COO for the Indian operations of BBC Global News Ltd, the company which runs the BBC’s commercial news operations, BBC World News and BBC.com/news. He will take up his position in Delhi on 1 May. He will replace Preet Dhupar, who left the BBC earlier this month.

Naveen - photoThe role was created last year in recognition of the increasing importance of the Indian market to the organisation’s business ambitions. 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.

Jhunjhunwala moves from Turner International India, where he served for many years, most recently as VP corporate finance and administration, overseeing the financial functions for distribution, ad sales and marketing of CNN International, Cartoon Network, Pogo and HBO in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan.

“I am delighted to be joining the BBC,” Jhunjhunwala said. “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.”

BBC Global News CEO Jim Egan added, “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.”

After joining Turner in 1999, Jhunjhunwala helped launch the company’s Indian operations, including the CN subscription business, the launch of new channels like HBO, POGO & WB, and the set-up of the Zee Turner distribution joint venture (including MediaPro) and CNN-IBN channel among others. Prior to Turner, he was with Ernst & Young, New Delhi.