Shobhana Bhartia, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) and Vice-Chairperson and Editorial Director of HT Media Ltd, has been elected as the new Chairperson of Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC) for 2006-07. She has been a Member of the Council of Management of ABC since 1999 and was Deputy Chairperson in 2005-06.
She will take over from Kurush Grant, Divisional Chief Executive (Tobacco Division), ITC Ltd, who was ABC Chairman for 2005-06.
Bhartia is actively involved with various industry bodies both in India and abroad. She is currently the Chairperson of the Press Trust of India (PTI). She is also a member of the Commonwealth Press Union, London, and International Press Institute, Vienna.
Bhartia is also on the Board of Governors of Birla Institute of Technology (BITS) and some of India’s most prestigious educational institutions and universities. She is also a member of the high-level group “Alliance of Civilizations” formed by the UN Secretary General.
Bhartia brings with her rich experience and expertise of over two and a half decades in the print media. She is a recipient of Padma Shri for excellence in journalism.