New Delhi: Senior journalist A Surya Prakash was today appointed Chairman of the Prasar (rpt) Prasar Bharati Board, filling a post which had been lying vacant for the last six months.
The appointment, which will be for three years, was made on the recommendation of a three-member committee headed by Vice President M Hamid Ansari and comprising Press Council of India Chairman Markandey Katju and I&B Secretary Bimal Julka, Information and Broadcasting Ministry said in a statement.
He will succeed another veteran journalist Mrinal Pande who completed her tenure on April 30 this year.
Prasar Bharti Corporation, which was created by a 1990 Act of Parliament, is governed by the Prasar Bharati Board, which comprises a Chairman, an Executive Member (Chief Executive Officer), a Member (Finance), a Member (Personnel), six Part-time Members, a representative of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and the Directors General of All India Radio and Doordarshan as ex-officio Members. The Chairman is a part time member.
Prakash is currently Consulting Editor of the Pioneer newspaper and a Distinguished Fellow at Delhi-based Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF), a think tank with which National Security Advisor Ajit Doval was also associated earlier.