Uday Shankar is President of 21st Century Fox, Asia; and Chairman and CEO of Star India, one of the largest media and entertainment companies in India that operates around 40 channels in 8 languages, including its flagship Star Plus. The Star network enjoys market leadership in key geographies, demographics, and time slots, and today reaches more than 400 million viewers in India and across the globe every week.
Uday has been at the helm since October 2007 and has guided the transformation of Star into a diversified media company leading initiatives in distribution through Media Pro, movies through Fox Studio, regional television through Asianet, and, most recently, in sports through the acquisition of the Indian cricket rights, later followed by NewsCorp’s acquisition of its joint venture with ESPN. His tenure has been marked by persistent leadership in television through innovative programming and investments in leading technologies, both of which have set the benchmark for the industry.
Uday is a pioneer of broadcasting in India, with a background rooted in journalism that mirrors the evolution of the industry. Prior to Star, he was the CEO and Editor of MCCS, which operated Star News. He was also the Editor and News Director at TV Today Group, where he spearheaded the launch of Aaj Tak in 2000 and Headlines Today in 2003. He started his career as a political journalist and went on to specialize in reporting on environmental issues.
In addition to his leadership of Star, Uday is a leading voice of the media and broadcasting industry in the country, championing reforms for the industry and its consumers. As President of the Indian Broadcasting Forum (IBF) and as Chairperson of the FICCI Broadcast Committee, Uday has been at the forefront of landmark changes in self-regulation and ensuring access for consumers to digitized distribution.
He holds an M.Phil in Economic History from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi.