Rajya Sabha TV CEO resigns; Prasar Bharti CEO to take over

Shashi Shekhar Vempati

Earlier in June, Shashi Shekar Vempati was appointed as the CEO of Prasar Bharati on the recommendation of the three-member committee headed by the Vice-President and consisting of Chairman, Press Council of India and the President's nominee, that is, Secretary, Information and Broadcasting for a period of five years from the date of assumption of office.

Founded in 2008, Rajya Sabha TV is owned and operated by Rajya Sabha and covers the proceedings of the upper house of the Parliament.

Sappal, also the Officer on Special Duty to former Vice President M. Hamid Ansari, credited with conceptualising and establishing Rajya Sabha TV. His resignation has been accepted and the additional charge allocated to Vempati, sources added.

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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.

"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 said in a Facebook post. Prior to this, Vempati was the CEO of a digital media company Niti Digital. A graduate from the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay, he also worked at software services company Infosys Ltd for 16 years.

Despite being a government funded channel, Rajya Sabha TV has earned praise from several quarters for its objective and unbiased coverage.

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