New Delhi: Government on Saturday announced the
selection of veteran journalist and writer Mrinal Pande as
chairperson of Prasar Bharati.
"I am glad to announce the selection of well known writer
and journalist Mrinal Pande as chairperson of Prasar Bharati
by the appointment committee headed by Vice President Hamid
Ansari," said Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika
"I have just signed the relevant papers and I am
extremely happy on her appointment. Also, veteran film makers
Shyam Benegal and Muzaffar Ali too have consented to join
Prasar Bharati`s board as part-time members along with Suman
Dubey, a known media personality," she added.
The minister said "the presence of these personalities
will add a lot of profile and vision in the functioning of
Asked about earlier media reports about the government
planning to bring in an ordinance to wind up Prasar Bharati
board and revamp the organisation, Soni said rumours about
such a development were there earlier "but with appointment of
a new chairperson and three new board members, I don`t think
any further change is required. Experience of these persons
will add value to Prasar Bharati".
63-year-old Pande said she was both "surprised" and
"happy" on being bestowed with the responsibility.
"As of now I don`t have full details about my
appointment. I just received a letter from the Ministry of
Information and Broadcasting yesterday saying that I have been
selected for the post," Pande told agency.
"I don`t much idea about the actual functioning of the
chairperson and who all will be my colleagues. Once I assume
office, only then I will be able to know the full extent of
the job," she said.
When asked whether she was aware of the "challenges"
attached with the job considering her predecessor Arun
Bhatnagar had quit following regular run-ins between Prasar
Bharati CEO B S Lalli and its board members, Pande said, "any
responsibility is challenging. Once I assume office, then I
will analyse the extent of responsibility bestowed on me."
Pande had resigned as chief editor of Hindi daily
"Hindustan" in August last year after a nine-year tenure at
the helm, saying she wanted to devote time to her writings and
compilation of her mother`s (renowned Hindi writer Shivani)