Prasar Bharati CEO to also handle Rajya Sabha TV

Shashi Shekhar Vempati

Shashi Shekhar Vempati

Technocrat Shashi Shekar Vempati took over as the CEO of Prasar Bharti in June he is the first non-Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer to head the public broadcaster which runs Doordarshan (DD) and All India Radio (AIR).Formerly as CEO of online media firm "Niti Digital", he had played a pivotal role in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's digital campaign for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

Last few weeks have witnessed many changes in the Rajya sabha TV particularly at senior level.

Sappal, also the Officer on Special Duty to former Vice President M. Hamid Ansari, credited with conceptualising and establishing Rajya Sabha TV.

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"Consequent upon acceptance of resignation of Shri Gurdeep Singh Sappal w.e.f 12th August 2017, he is directed to handover the charge of CEO, RSTV to Shashi Shekhar Vempati, CEO, Prasar Bharati", the order said. His resignation has been accepted and the additional charge allocated to Vempati, sources added.

Over the years, Rajya Sabha TV has drawn flak from the government for overspending public money and not giving appropriate publicity to Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government's events and schemes. 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. He had also worked with Infosys for more than a decade.

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