Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific (DNAP) has appointed Arun Thapar as vice-president, programming, India. Thapar will be based in New Delhi and will report to Rahul Johri, senior vice-president and general manager, India, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific.
In his new role, Thapar will be responsible for the overall planning, developing and execution of programming strategies that will include managing all aspects of programming functions such as sourcing, on-air promotions, scheduling and creating content in regional languages for the network's portfolio of six brands -- Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Discovery Science, Discovery Turbo and Discovery HD World -- in India. Additionally, he will supervise the local programming team.
Prior to joining Discovery Networks, Thapar was vice-president, programming, NDTV Lifestyle, and was responsible for all aspects of programming including development, original production, directing and producing programmes across a variety of genres including news, sports, political satire, comedy and travel.
Thapar has been with NDTV for more than 15 years; he joined the broadcast company in 1996 after obtaining a Masters degree in History from Jawaharlal Nehru University.