Prasar Bharti CEO gets charge of Rajya Sabha TV

Claudine Rigal
Août 13, 2017

Shashi Shekhar Vempati, who was recently appointed as the CEO of Prasar Bharati, is the first non-IAS officer ever to head the public broadcaster.

Gurdeep, who was the CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Rajya Sabha TV, the public broadcaster owned and operated by the Rajya Sabha, has also served as an Officer on Special Duty to former Vice President Hamid Ansari, who appointed him for assistance with political and parliamentary work.

Rajya Sabha TV CEO Gurdeep Singh Sappal on Saturday resigned from his post, following which Prasar Bharti CEO Shashi Shekar Vempati was given the additional charge of the position.

According to an order from Rajya Sabha Secretariat dated 12 August, Sappal was asked to handover the charge to Vempati.

"Today, as I stand relieved from the posts of CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Rajya Sabha Television, I thank Venkaiah Naidu, the Vice President of India, for accepting my request of relieving me from the responsibility", Sappal posted on Facebook. Prior to this, Vempati was the CEO of a digital media company Niti Digital. The channel's operations were also under fire for a much higher budget than its counterpart, the LSTV.

Despite being a government funded channel, Rajya Sabha TV has earned praise from several quarters for its objective and unbiased coverage. In a post on Twitter, A. Surya Prakash, chairman at Prasar Bharati congratulated Vempati and hinted that Rajya Sabha clean-up is on the cards.

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