These include leading initiatives in distribution through Media Pro, movies through Fox Star Studios, regional and local language television through Asianet and Maa TV, and consolidating sports broadcasting operations through 21st Century Fox’s acquisition of its joint venture with ESPN, setting up Star Sports as one of the largest sports broadcaster in the country. Under his leadership, Star has also made strides in disrupting the digital landscape with the launch of Hotstar. These moves have, and continue to, set the pace for the rest of the industry.
An M.Phil graduate, specialising in Economic History, from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, Uday began his professional life as a political journalist. Prior to Star, Uday was the CEO and Editor of Media Content and Communications Services, which operated Star News. He was also Editor and News Director at the TV Today Group, where he led the launch of Aaj Tak in 2000 and Headlines Today in 2003.
In addition to his leadership of Star, Uday is a leading voice of the media and broadcasting industry in the country, shaping reforms for the industry and its consumers. As the former President of the Indian Broadcasting Federation (IBF) and the current Chairman of the FICCI Media & Entertainment Committee, Uday has been at the forefront of landmark changes in self-regulation and pushing access for consumers to digitized distribution.