ABP News Network appoints Hotstar’s Vijay Jung Thapa as chief digital officer

MUMBAI: ABP News Network has appointed Hotstar‘s Vijay Jung Thapa as the chief digital officer (CDO). As the CDO, He will be spearheading ABP’s new and refined vision on the digital front.

Thapa was earlier the head of content at Star India‘s video streaming service Hotstar. He was responsible for all content ranging from TV shows, movies to sports.

ABP News Network appoints Hotstar's Vijay Jung Thapa as chief digital officerThe company’s digital business is housed under ABP Live. The platform operates eight web portals in six different languages.

With an aim to take ABP’s digital assets to newer milestones, Ramakrishnan Laxman will be taking over as the AVP Digital Media. Allen Sharma will be taking over the new role of Head – Digital Revenues. In this role, he will be accountable for Direct Sales, Digital Revenues, Programmatic Monetisation, and Brand Solution Monetisation.

Furthermore, Tushar Banerjee has been appointed as the Head- Digital Content Strategy. He will ensure ABP Live’s Content and Social Media verticals with emphasis on programming pipeline, growth in viewership and monetisation.

Speaking on the development, ABP News Network CEO Avinash Pandey said, “In an ever-growing digital era, it is crucial to evolve and keep up with the market pace. The main aim of this decision is to empower our workforce to revolutionise digital news through innovation. This digital push will also help us tap newer audiences and overall maximise the potential of our content. Through this step, we aim to elevate our intellectual property to create ground-breaking, viewer-driven content.”

Since its inception in December 2013, the digital arm of ABP News Network has championed issues on multiple spectrums – may it be social, political, environmental or cultural. ABP Live has kept its viewers engaged through Live TV, on-cue updates and real-time news on various social media platforms. In the same vein, ABP News Network’s regional penetration has also ensured the burgeoning success of its digital front.

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