The issue of vacancies arising due to Panda’s retirement was discussed in a meeting headed by Prasar Bharati chairman A Surya Prakash in Hyderabad yesterday, sources said. “In a key decision, the public broadcaster decided that its Member Finance Rajiv Singh will take over as interim CEO, after the present incumbent S C Panda retires in February,” a source told.
The sources said that a need was felt for the expeditious appointment of the two top posts of the CEO and well as Member (Personnel). It is learnt that the I&B ministry had issued an advertisement for the post of Member Personnel and received several names.
The process of finding a CEO for the board which oversees the country’s public broadcasters All India Radio and Doordarshan is also underway, it is learnt. The sources also said that the Prasar Bharati Board meeting being held in Hyderabad was also unique as these meetings are generally held in Delhi itself.
“There have been no instances, at least in the recent past, of a Prasar Bharati meetings being held away from Delhi. However since the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) Dance Festival, which is a mega event, is being held in Hyderabad, the city was chosen for the meeting of the board,” a source said.