Discovery has retained full control of its sports channel DSport. In the new administrative setup, Discovery has also expanded the role of Vijay Rajput, currently serving as SVP – Affiliate Sales & Product Distribution, with the additional responsibility of heading its Sports business in South Asia.
The development takes place after the company has also ended its relationship with third-party service provider Lex Sportel, bringing all services in-house, effective from February 14.
Vijay is a media industry veteran having more than 3 decades of work experience, majority of which has been in leadership roles. Prior to Discovery, Vijay was the Chief Operating Officer at India’s leading sports broadcaster ESPN STAR Sports.
Speaking on the occasion, Megha Tata, Managing Director, Discovery – South Asia, said, “We are yet to actualize the full potential of our sports business in India. This year, Vijay will lead efforts to ensure that DSPORT channel gets its rightful due in the sports broadcast arena.”
Vijay Rajput, added, “We are reviewing DSPORT’s content strategy at the moment, as we aim to make it a more holistic multi-sport offering which will connect with passionate fan communities in a more engaging manner.”
Keeping in view the aggressive outlook of the sports vertical, Discovery is currently expanding its in-house sports-focused team.