IBF gears for new leader

NEW DELHI: Changes are in the offing in the Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF). Close on the heels of an apparent divide in the organisation on the lines of free to air v/s pay channels that threatened to split the Foundation, Bhuvan Lall, executive director of the Foundation, has relinquished his post with effect from today.

Lall's three year contract expires today. The IBF would now have to look for another ED. The first ED of the organisation was former information and broadcasting ministry secretary Bhaskar Ghose.

Lall took charge at the Indian Broadcasting Foundation in May 2000. In a personal note to the media, with whom he had interacted during his stint at the IBF, Lall said, "Today 36 months later, I am happy to see that IBF is an influential and prestigious organization that has all major broadcasters as members and commands respect from the International Entertainment Industry, the Government of India, the Advertisers, the Advertising Companies and other entities. IBF is now a well reputed professionally run trade body with a global vision for Indian Broadcasting Industry. I would like to thank the two former IBF Presidents, Rajeeva Ratna Shah and Anil Baijal and the former Vice President Kiran Karnik for the confidence they placed in me during my tenure."

In a hint at his future assignment, Lall, who has always shown streaks of flamboyance, added, "As life moves on, I will now employ my enterprise in pursuing my long cherished entrepreneurial dreams and watch my family grow under the Californian sun."

With 16 years of experience in the global entertainment industry, Lall, 37, has presented and published 37 papers on the entertainment business at conferences and seminars worldwide. 

Educated at University of California, Los Angeles, USA, Jamia Mass Communication Research Center and University of Delhi, Lall's docu-drama A Ticket To The Future won the Desmond Doig Award for the best graduation film in 1988.

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