STAR News CEO Uday Shankar has been appointed chief operating officer of STAR India, its been confirmed.

Shankar’s appointment as COO completes, for the near term at least, the core leadership team that will lead STAR in the next phase of its evolution following the exits of its corporate CEO Peter Mukerjea and its operational CEO Sameer Nair.

The executive structure that has emerged is this: Shankar will directly report in to STAR Group CEO Paul Aiello who will continue to hold additional charge as STAR India CEO.

Shankar joined STAR News in February 2004. Prior to that, he was the editor and news director of Aaj Tak. He is credited with having launched Aaj Tak, Headlines Today as well as the news division of Sahara TV.