Kartikeya Sharma

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Kartikeya Sharma
Kartikeya Sharma
Kartikeya Sharma
Born (1981-05-14) May 14, 1981 (age 37)
Nationality Indian
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Occupation Template:Ubl
Known for India News, NewsX, The Sunday Guardian, Aaj Samaj, Piccadily Group
Spouse(s) Aishwarya Sharma
(m. 2011–present)
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Kartikeya Sharma (born May 14, 1981) is an Indian business executive and entrepreneur. He is the managing director of ITV Media network,[1] an umbrella company that runs several television, print and online media in India.[2] He is also the owner of the Pro Wrestling League.

Personal life and education

Sharma was born on 14 May 1981.[3] He is the youngest son, and has one brother, and one sister. He graduated from Oxford University in Business Management with honours[4] and completed Master's degree from King's College London.[5] On 22 November 2011, Sharma married to Aishwarya Sharma, the daughter of Haryana States Assembly's former speaker Kuldeep Sharma.[6][7]


Following his graduation from King's College,[8] Sharma was appointed Piccadily Group's managing director in 2004.[9] In 2007, Sharma launched ITV Media. He also launched a network of regional TV channels through India News; as of 2015 India News operated five regional channels broadcasting across Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar and Jharkhand.[10]

Later on, Sharma acquired, through ITV Media, English language news channel NewsX.[11][12] He entered the print media with the acquisition of The Sunday Guardian, an English language Sunday newspaper, and Aaj Samaj, a Hindi language daily newspaper.[12][13][14] He has also been involved with News Wire Services, an Indian TV news wire service.[15]

Apart from his business in the media sector, Sharma is the promoter of the Hyatt Regency, Gurgaon and Hyatt Regency, Ludhiana, and Hilton Hotel in Delhi.[16] In 2015, Sharma set up Pro Sportify with Ashish Chadha, CEO of the Sporty Solutionz, a company that runs the Pro Wrestling League.[17][18][19]


  • Won the award for the Best CEO of the Year at the 2016 eNBA Awards.[20]


  1. "Kartikeya Sharma’s iTV Network set to pick up stake in Trilogic Digital | TelevisionPost.com". Television Post. http://www.televisionpost.com/television/kartikeya-sharmas-itv-network-set-to-pick-up-stake-in-trilogic-digital/. Retrieved 22 August 2016. 
  2. Malvania, Urvi. "ITV Network, Trilogic join hands". Business Standard. http://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/itv-network-trilogic-join-hands-115100700960_1.html. Retrieved 22 August 2016. 
  3. "Kartikeya Sharma Director profile". allcompanydata.com. http://www.allcompanydata.com/in/director-details/kartikeya-sharma/66621. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  4. "Advisory Board". India News. http://indianewsacademy.com/advisory_board.php. Retrieved 19 March 2014. 
  5. "Kartikeya Sharma". inkhabar.com. http://www.inkhabar.com/kartikeya-sharma. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  6. "Karnal gears up for mega wedding today". www.timesofindia.com. 22 November 2011. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Karnal-gears-up-for-mega-wedding-today/articleshow/10824486.cms. Retrieved 2 August 2014. 
  7. Singh, Anita (22 November 2011). "Karnal gears up for mega wedding today - Times of India". The Times of India. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Karnal-gears-up-for-mega-wedding-today/articleshow/10824486.cms. Retrieved 23 August 2016. 
  8. "Kartikeya Sharma, Promoter - Sunday Guardian, iTV Network". The Sunday Guardian. 13 April 2015. http://www.sunday-guardian.com/kartikeya-sharma. Retrieved 23 August 2016. 
  9. Pushkarna, Shruti (17 July 2012). "ITV to see NewsX get scale with substance". mxmindia.com. http://www.mxmindia.com/2012/07/itv-to-see-newsx-get-scale-with-substance/. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  10. Sabherwal, Simran; Achhpal, Henna (4 Jul 2015). "Story of a Media Entrepreneur: Kartikeya Sharma". The Sunday Guardian. http://www.sunday-guardian.com/story-of-a-media-entrepreneur-kartikeya-sharma. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  11. "Tycoons testing their luck in Haryana". The Hindu. 12 October 2014. 
  12. 12.0 12.1 "Quick five with Kartikeya Sharma on NewsX purchase". www.exchange4media.com. http://www.exchange4media.com/tv/quick-five-with-kartikeya-sharma-on-newsx-purchase_47245.html. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  13. "ITV to see NewsX get scale with substance". www.mxmindia.com. http://www.mxmindia.com/2012/07/itv-to-see-newsx-get-scale-with-substance/. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  14. "Interview: Kartikeya Sharma, Managing Director, iTV Network". Bestmediainfo.com. 29 December 2014. http://www.bestmediainfo.com/2014/12/interview-kartikeya-sharma-managing-director-itv-network/. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  15. "Advisory Board". indianewsacademy.com. http://indianewsacademy.com/advisory_board.php. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  16. "Web of political links helped Vadra’s land deals". The Hindu. http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/web-of-political-links-helped-vadras-land-deals/article4059110.ece. Retrieved 19 March 2014. 
  17. "iTV Network MD Kartikeya Sharma invests in Pro Wrestling League". Indiantelevision.com. 24 Jul 2015. http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/sports/itv-network-md-kartikeya-sharma-invests-in-pro-wrestling-league-150724. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  18. "Now, a pro wrestling league in India". www.livemint.com. http://www.livemint.com/Consumer/pTGzJeEw89wTMKFnR4xq1L/Now-a-pro-wrestling-league-in-India.html. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  19. "We will be launching India News Business by next quarter: Kartikeya Sharma". www.exchange4media.com. http://www.exchange4media.com/tv/we-will-be-launching-india-news-business-by-next-quarterkartikeya-sharma_54186.html. Retrieved 19 March 2014. 
  20. "iTV Network wins big at the eNBA Awards 2016". NewsX. http://www.newsx.com/national/57022-itv-network-wins-big-at-the-enba-awards-2016. Retrieved 25 February 2017. 

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