Shashi Shekhar Vempati named CEO of public broadcaster Prasar Bharati
Shashi Shekhar Vempati has been appointed the new CEO of public broadcaster Prasar Bharati. The appointment comes seven months after the last CEO, Jawhar Sircar, resigned from the post.india Updated: Jun 02, 2017 21:37 IST
Shashi Shekhar Vempati, a former principal architect of Infosys Technologies, has been appointed the new chief executive officer (CEO) of public broadcaster Prasar Bharati.
The appointment announced on Friday comes seven months after the last CEO, Jawhar Sircar, resigned from the post.
Vempanti, a technocrat, had been on the board of Prasar Bharati as a part-time member. His appointment as CEO was made on the recommendation of a three-member committee headed by vice-president Hamid Ansari, Press Council of India chairman Justice CK Prasad and the secretary of the Information and Broadcasting ministry who is also the President’s nominee.
An IIT Bombay alumnus, Vempati’s tenure will be for five years from the date of assumption of office.
“Vempati has over two decades of experience as a technocrat with specialization in areas of corporate management, technology consulting and digital media. He currently holds two patents ‘Real Time Business Event Monitoring, Tracking and Execution Architecture’ and ‘System and method for monitoring and management of inventory of products and assets in real time’ under his name,” a statement issued by the I&B ministry said.
With the appointment of Vempati, the government broke away from the tradition of appointing former bureaucrats to the position. A source familiar with the issue said there was a conscious decision to allow a technocrat with relevant industry experience to run Prasar Bharati, which has AIR and Doordarshan as its arms.
Vempati’s appointment was criticised By TMC leader Derek O’Brien.
New Prasar Bharti CEO has IIT-Infosys on his CV. His only media work experience is in a BJP propaganda platform. Bizarre ? Predictable ?— Derek O'Brien (@quizderek) June 2, 2017
Prasar Bharati, an autonomous body under the I&B ministry, has been seeking more autonomy. And it blames its restricted decision-making ability on issues such as appointments, promotions and revenue generation.
Vempanti’s predecessor, Sircar, who had had put in his papers before his tenure ended, had a difficult working relation with the UPA government and later with the BJP-led NDA.
The former culture secretary, who was appointed by the UPA government, had repeatedly accused the ministry concerned of impeding his efforts to run Doordarshan and All India Radio with autonomy.