NEW DELHI: Former Joint Secretary (Broadcasting) in the Information and Broadcasting Ministry Supriya Sahu, and F Sheheryar, who has been holding additional charge for two years, have been named as the new full-time Directors-General of Doordarshan and All India Radio respectively.
This decision is understood to have been taken after the Prasar Bharati Board today interviewed 10 candidates for the two posts.
Sheheryar, Deputy Director General, had taken over as interim DG in February 2014 in AIR, while C Lalrosanga was inducted in April last year as interim DG in Doordarshan. Thus, Sheheryar has been confirmed for the post he was holding as additional charge.
Prasar Bharati sources told Indiantelevision.com that there were six persons from the Indian Broadcasting (Programme) Service, three from the Indian Information Service, and one from the Indian Administrative Service.
The interviews were held in the backdrop of a decision by the Board earlier last year that the posts for full-time DGs would not be held until the composition of the Board would be complete.
With two part-time members being appointed, the strength of part-time members of the Board is now complete.
While Shashi Shekhar Vempathi, former Principal Architect of Infosys Technologies, who now heads an online media company Niti Digital, formally joined the Board today, actor Kajol will join when she comes back from overseas where she is shooting for a film.
Under the Prasar Bharati Act, the pubcaster should have six-part time members on its Board, which is headed by its chairman.
Early last year, chairman Dr A Surya Prakash had informed this website that he had made it clear to the Information and Broadcasting Ministry that there would be no full time appointments for the posts of the two Directors-General until the composition of the Board was completed.