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 Soni.
"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 Prasar Bharati".
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.