Vempati assumes additional responsibility as CEO Rajya Sabha TV

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 13, 2017

Rajya Sabha TV, launched on 26 August 2011, is owned and operated by the upper house of Indian Parliament.

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.

Rajya Sabha TV CEO Gurdeep Singh Sappal today resigned from his post.

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

In a change of guard, Prasar Bharati CEO Shashi Shekhar Vempati has got additional charge as the CEO of Rajya Sabha TV following the resignation of Gurdeep Singh Sappal.

Sappal's resignation, submitted on 11 August, was accepted by Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu with effect from 12 August.

Vempati, who was recently appointed as the CEO of Prasar Bharati, is the first non-Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer ever to head the public broadcaster. He had also worked with Infosys for more than a decade.

Vempati could not be reached for an immediate comment.

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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