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Uday Shankar is CEO of Star TV India, which broadcast and backed the Pro-Kabaddi League. Kabaddi surprised India, garnered 2.5 times more viewers in its first week than the FIFA World Cup and became the most-watched Indian live sports event after IPL. He discusses India’s prospects as a sporting nation, the role of TV as a social catalyst in creating sports culture and lessons from the Kabaddi League.
On being appointed IBF President, Shankar said, “I am privileged to be trusted by the members of IBF to lead the industry body at a critical juncture when the industry needs to leap to the next level by working collaboratively with the Government and other stake holders”.
Star COO Sanjay Gupta said, "The number of hours spent on watching TV has not grown in the last five years. Who is responsible for this? We are! If we do not address the diversity, and do not invest behind the medium now, we will be in the same position even 10 years from now."
Ajit Thakur, EVP and GM, Life OK, said, “Life OK has done something different for the first time and we have spent a lot of money on this show. Also, this show has paved the way for increasing our creativity in non-fiction. I can promise our viewers that they have never seen a show like this before.”