Chief Executive Officer of EMTV and EMTEK Multimedia, Bhanu Sud, has announced his intention to leave Media Niugini Limited (MNL).
Mr. Sud’s decision comes after positioning MNL for digitalization, and having built the broadcaster’s international image, as one of the most prolific in the Pacific Region.
Telikom PNG CEO, Michael Donnelly, announced Mr. Sud’s resignation in the presence of EMTV staff today.
“Your long-standing mentor, Chief Executive Officer and innovator in media here in Papua New Guinea, Bhanu Sud, is resigning from Media Niugini Limited.
“From Telikom’s point of view, we think this (MNL) is a fantastic business, and we are going to continue to invest, as we go from analogue to digital, increase our local production, and capture the hearts and minds of viewers across PNG, moving forward,” Mr. Donnelly said.
Mr. Donnelly also acknowledged Mr. Sud’s contributions.
“I’ve worked with many engineers, in many different cultures, and I can say both as an engineer and professional, Bhanu (Sud) demonstrates skills in a range of areas, from engineering, to marketing, to technology, to innovation in this very exciting space we call the internet, and the whole new economy,” said Mr. Donnelly.
Since taking office over five (5) years ago, Mr Sud has been laying the foundation for the network’s digitalization process, while seeing to the development of innovative local productions such as Vocal Fusion, which turned into the country’s most viewed reality show.
Major live international sporting events were also successfully broadcasted during his stint, such as the 2015 Pacific Games, and the 2016 FIFA U20 Women World Cup.
He was also responsible for establishing EMTEK multimedia, the Pacific’s leading commercial production and creative adverstising company, which introduced a brand-new audiovisual language in Papua New Guinea, while offering a one-stop shop to the industry.
The magnitude of these initiatives, both from viewership and production perspectives, led to training and creating up-skilling of the broadcaster’s media and technical personnel, who are now among a generation of PNG’s best media and content experts.
Mr Sud said, “It has been a great privilege to work with an exceptionally dedicated and skilled team, and I am proud of what we have achieved over this period of time, especially considering the limited resources available.
“From a small TV broadcaster, we have turned MNL into the Pacific’s leading producer of local content, boasting now as many as 22 different programs spanning across all genres of television production.
“These are not accomplishments that a CEO makes alone, as they require the work of a committed team of gifted, tenacious individuals who came together to work relentlessly for a common goal set by the shareholders.
“Ultimately though, it has been an honor to serve the millions of viewers who consume MNL content both in PNG and globally, through EMTV’s integrated multi-delivery platform, which includes Linear TV, Online and Smart phones Apps.”
Mr. Sud has also clarified, that his decision is purely for personal reasons.
“I have decided to move on and explore new opportunities in the wider world of business, but I will always remember this experience with great joy and a sense of pride for what we have achieved as a team. I wish therefore the best to my successor and the team that I leave behind, and needless to say that I shall be happy to provide my expertise for a smooth transition over this notice period,” Mr. Sud said.
Mr. Sud will see his term in office through to the New Year, and he will work on the framework of the transition process, to assure a smooth handover to his successor.
EMTV is Papua New Guinea’s premier television station, and has been the country’s window to the world for over two decades.
Owned by Telikom PNG through subsidiary Media Niugini Limited; the channel is one of the most respected and trusted sources for news and information in the country today.