National, June 29, 2018
S.K. Shama Sundara has been appointed Chief Editor of Asianet News Kannada Digital which comprises of Suvarnanews.com and Kannadaprabha.in. These are the Digital extensions of Suvarna News, the leading News Television channel and the highest readers per copy publication Kannada Prabha in Karnataka. Over the last decade Suvarna News and Kannada Prabha which are part of the Asianet News Network have established themselves as the most trusted news media brands in Kannada.
Mr. S K Shama Sundar comes with over 35 years of rich experience in Print, TV, Radio and as a faculty member of several Journalism Institutes. Starting his career in Print Journalism as a reporter, Shama Sundara, was one of the early adopters of Digital media, recognising early its potential and impact. He was the founding editor of Kannada portal oneindia.com, and was part of the organisation for 18 years making the destination as one of the most popular and a go to site in the Kannada digital space.Shama, had an earlier stint with Kannada Prabha as Magazine / Supplements editor between the years 1991 - 2000. He also served as faculty member at the Asian College of Journalism, Bengaluru between 1995 - 2000. With his rich and deep Kannada online experience, particularly in Kannada, he shall be working with Management to take Suvarnanews.com and Kannadaprabha.in to newer heights and make them as formidable online destinations in vernacular journalism.
Suvarna News Online has seen 200% growth in Unique Users / Page views across platforms, with over 8 lakh Face book followers and over 6 lakh YouTube subscribers. Asianet News digital is the fastest growing vernacular digital destination and is available across all four Southern languages - Malayalam, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil and English.
Ravi Hegde - Editor in Chief, Kannada Prabha & Suvarna News said, "Shama Sundar's vast knowledge and passion for Kannada online will be a huge asset for Asianet News digital platforms and also having him as editor of kannada.asianetnews.com. We welcome him on board & we are sure that he will guide & lead the team and help scale to heights by making us the number 1 digital news platform in Kannada."
"We are excited to have an experienced and a digitally savvy editor like Shama Sundara to lead our consolidation into South Indian languages." says Anoop. N, C.O.O Asianet News Digital.
"Having the right management team across the board /languages and with a spate of new acquisitions we are working on in Kannada, Telugu and other verticals like Technology & Sports we heartily welcome S.K. Shama Sundara and are confident that this will help us augur our position and talent while we reach the pole position across languages in digital and broadcasting like Asianet News. We are confident that FY19 will be a year of consolidating Asianet News digital and AMEL [Asianet News Media & Entertainment] as a Media tech entity and be a preferred choice for all key stake holders, advertisers, employees and investors" Said Amit Gupta, CEO, AMEL- Asianet News Network.
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