Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) has informed that well-known journalist Mrinal Pande has been appointed as Chairperson of the Prasar Bharati Board for a term up to April 30, 2011 from the date of her assuming charge of the office. She replaces Arun Bhatnagar, who had resigned from the office in May 2009. Veteran film makers Shyam Benegal and Muzaffar Ali, and well-known media personality Suman Dubey have also join the Prasar Bharati board as part-time members.
Pande was appointed by a committee headed by Vice-President Hamid Ansari.
Daughter of the Hindi novelist Shivani, Pande has been an Indian television personality, journalist and an author. She has spent 27 years in journalism, variously at The Times of India, Doordarshan, NDTV and as an Editor at Saptahik Hindustan and Hindustan. Pande had stepped down as Editor-in-Chief of Hindustan in August 2009, ending a nine-year-stint at the helm of the Hindi daily and an 18-year association with HT Media Ltd.
She has written a few short stories and had been the #of the popular women’s magazine ‘Vama’ from 1984-87. She has also hosted a weekly interview show, titled ‘Baaton Baaton Mein’, on Lok Sabha TV.
Pande had also spent several years on the National Commission for Self-Employed Women, inquiring into the conditions of rag-pickers, vegetable sellers and domestic help.
Prasar Bharati is India’s largest public broadcaster. It is an autonomous corporation of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, and comprises the Doordarshan television network and All India Radio. At present, Baljit Singh Lalli is the CEO of Prasar Bharti.