Chennai: The government today announced that the TV channels of the two houses of parliament, Rajya Sabha TV and Lok Sabha TV have been merged into Sansad TV.
Retired IAS officer Ravi Capoor has been roped in as the first Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for a period of one year or until further orders, whichever is earlier.
According to an official statement, “Consequent upon the joint decision of Honourable Chairman Rajya Sabha and the Honourable Speaker Lok Sabha, to merge RSTV and LSTV into SANSAD Television (SANSAD TV), Shri Ravi Capoor, IAS (1986: Assam-Meghalaya) (Retd.) has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer, SANSAD TV, on a contract basis, for a period of one year with immediate effect or until further orders whichever is earlier. The Terms and Conditions related to his appointment will be issued separately”.
With the merger, Rajya Sabha TV CEO Manoj Kumar Pandey has been terminated. According to media reports, he will be paid a sum equivalent to one month’s professional fee as per the terms of his engagement.
Sansad TV is also likely to have two channels, with Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha sessions telecast live on each.