Entertainment CEOs Call on India to Accelerate Digital Transformation

A New York roundtable, hosted by Rupert Murdoch for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was attended by the CEOs of Time Warner, Discovery and other big entertainment companies.

CEOs and top executives of U.S. media and entertainment companies held a roundtable discussion with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New York Thursday, hosted by 21st Century Fox chairman Rupert Murdoch and CEO James Murdoch.

As reported, the Murdoch-hosted event was part of Modi’s ongoing visit to the U.S., which will include interactions in San Francisco with Silicon Valley giants Facebook, Google and Apple.

According to an official Indian government statement, the media CEOs “were enthusiastic about the digital transformation that is taking place in India through the Digital India initiative,” but also called on the government to focus on “speeding up” of television digitization and enhancing the country’s mobile and broadband infrastructure.

The CEOs in attendance also included Fox’s Star India CEO Uday Shankar, News Corp CEO Robert Thompson, Discovery Communications CEO David Zaslav, Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton, Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes, A&E Networks CEO Nancy Dubuc, Vice Media CEO Shane Smith, Interpublic Group CEO Michael Roth and WPP CEO Martin Sorrell, among others.

Last year, Modi launched the Digital India initiative, which aims to transform the country into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy. In his address, Modi “suggested to the CEOs that India represents both the biggest opportunity and the biggest challenge for them, and urged them to keep regional languages in mind, as they firm up investment plans for India,” according to the statement…

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