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Rahul Joshi appointed MD, Network18 and TV18; Sudhanshu Vats is MD, Viacom18

The two appointments are decided by the respective board of directors of Network18 Media and Investments, TV18 Broadcast and Viacom18 Media. These are applicable with immediate effect

(Left) Rahul Joshi and Sudhanshu Vats (Right)

The Board of Directors of Network18 Media and Investments (Network18) has appointed Rahul Joshi as Managing Director of Network18 for a term of three years with effect from July 9, 2018. Sudhanshu Vats, erstwhile Group CEO, Viacom18, has been appointed as Managing Director, Viacom18.

The Board of TV18 Broadcast (TV18), the news broadcasting arm of Network18, has also decided to appoint Joshi as its Managing Director, depending on necessary regulatory approvals. The Board of Viacom18 Media (Viacom18), the entertainment broadcasting arm of Network18, has decided to appoint Vats as its Managing Director, also depending on necessary regulatory approvals. 

Joshi has been associated with Network18 Group since September 2015 and was currently serving as CEO, News and Group Editor in Chief. He has done Masters in Management Studies from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), Mumbai University. Prior to joining Network18 Group, Joshi worked for more than two decades with Economic Times, where he rose through ranks to quickly become one of India’s youngest editors, and has also worked as its editorial director. He also launched ETNow and helped shape the digital coverage of ET Online. Joshi has also worked with The Indian Express in the past. Joshi is also on the board of News Broadcasters Association (NBA). 

Vats is associated with Viacom18 for last six years. He is a management graduate from the Indian Institute of Management - Ahmedabad. Prior to joining Viacom18, he spent about 20 years in Hindustan Unilever (Unilever India) where he worked in sales and marketing and general management roles across categories and shaped many popular household brands. Vats is also Chairman of the National Media and Entertainment Committee of CII (Confederation of Indian Industry), Vice President of IBF (Indian Broadcasting Foundation) and Director of BARC (Broadcast Audience Research Council). 

Adil Zainulbhai, Chairman of Network18 and TV18, said, “Both the appointees have tremendous skill and experience and will continue to drive our news and entertainment businesses towards leadership, as we continue to invest in these areas.”

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