Prasar Bharati CEO gets additional charge as CEO and Chief Editor of Rajya Sabha TV

Vempati’s appointment is seen as a major move to usher in a new era at RSTV

by exchange4media Staff
Published - Aug 14, 2017 7:59 AM Updated: Aug 14, 2017 7:59 AM

Prasar Bharati CEO Shashi Shekhar Vempati has been given additional charge as CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Rajya Sabha TV (RSTV).

Vempati will replace Gurdeep Singh Sappal, who has been serving as the CEO and editor-in-chief of Rajya Sabha TV since 2011.

"Consequent upon acceptance of resignation of Shri Gurdeep Singh Sappal, CEO, RSTV, wef August 12, 2017, he is directed to handover the charge of CEO, RSTV to Shri Shashi Shekhar Vempati, CEO Prasar Bharati," a circular from the Rajya Sabha Secretariat stated.

In June 2017, Vempati was appointed as the CEO of Prasar Bharati on the recommendation of the three-member committee headed by the Vice-President.

In a recent interview with exchange4media, Vempati while outlining his vision for Prasar Bharati had said, “The aspiration is to be a globally respected public broadcaster. We are the largest and youngest democracy and we are the largest public broadcaster in that sense. So clearly we should be the role model for the world. So we can be a world class organisation and have a strong global voice.”

The move to hand over additional charge of RSTV to Vempati comes in the backdrop of allegations of misappropriation at RSTV. With his appointment it is expected that an enquiry might be soon initiated to make RSTV more accountable. 

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