James Murdoch Meets With Indian Prime Minister

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James Murdoch

The 21st Century Fox co-COO and Uday Shankar, the CEO of the conglomerate's Star India, sat down with Narendra Modi.

21st Century Fox co-COO James Murdoch and Uday Shankar, CEO of Fox's Star India, on Thursday met Indian prime minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.

It wasn't clear what topics Murdoch and Shankar raised in the meetings. A Fox spokesman confirmed the meeting but didn't provide further details.

Star India operates more than 40 networks, reaching more than 720 million viewers every week across India and 100 countries.

Star India has been a big focus for Fox, with Murdoch often citing it as a key growth business for the conglomerate. Star India has made some acquisitions, expanded its sports rights portfolio and has launched advertising-supported digital platform Hotstar.

"India's creative force is still a sleeping tiger waiting to be awakened," Murdoch said during a previous India visit at a conference in Mumbai in 2011.

In December, he told an investor conference in New York that Fox's India business would likely grow faster than the foreign operations in other regions, citing affiliate fee and advertising revenue upside.

From 2000 to 2003, Murdoch was chairman and CEO of Star, which was then News Corp.'s Asian satellite TV group.