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Dr Surya Prakash appointed chairman of Prasar Bharati

MUMBAI: Veteran journalist Dr A Surya Prakash has been appointed chairman of Prasar Bharati for a full term of three years.

Prakash replaces Mrinal Pandey, whose term expired in May.

Dr-Surya-PrakashThe appointment was made on the recommendation of the three-member committee headed by Vice President Hamid Ansari and comprising Press Council of India chairman Markandey Katju, and Information and Broadcasting secretary Bimal Julka as the President’s nominee.

The decision of the committee was communicated by Ansari.

Prakash is currently consulting editor of ‘The Pioneer’ and a distinguished fellow at New Delhi-based think-tank Vivekananda International Foundation.

A TV and print media veteran, he has held key positions in several print and electronic media organisations.

Some of the senior positions he has held over the years include editor of Zee News, executive editor of ‘The Pioneer’, India editor of ‘The Asia Times’ (a business and political daily published from Bangkok and Singapore), political editor of the Eenadu Group of newspapers, and chief of bureau of ‘The Indian Express’ in New Delhi.

Prakash is also known for his well-researched treatises on national political issues.

He is the founder-director of the Film and Media School at the Institute of Integrated Learning in Management, New Delhi, and the founder-director of the Pioneer Media School.