Vempati assumes additional responsibility as CEO Rajya Sabha TV

Shashi Shekhar Vempati

Shashi Shekhar Vempati

Shashi Shekhar Vempati, who was recently appointed as the CEO of Prasar Bharati, is the first non-IAS officer ever to head the public broadcaster.

Rajya Sabha TV is owned and operated by the Upper House of Parliament, and the Vice President is its chairman.

"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", according to an order issued by the Rajya Sabha Secretariat.

Sources stated that the appointment may eventually lead to merger of television channels, like RSTV and Lok Sabha TV, operational outside the ambit of India's public service broadcaster Prasar Bharati into its fold.

Rajya Sabha TV CEO Gurdeep Singh Sappal today resigned from his post. Sappal, also the officer on special duty to the vice-president of India, resigned earlier in July.

This comes one day after former information and broadcasting (I&B) minister M. Venkaiah Naidu replaced Hamid Ansari as the vice-president of India and chairman of Rajya Sabha on 11 August. Prior to this, Vempati was the CEO of a digital media company Niti Digital.

Despite being a government funded channel, Rajya Sabha TV has earned praise from several quarters for its objective and unbiased coverage. The channel's operations were also under fire for a much higher budget than its counterpart, the LSTV.

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