Appointment of DG (News), DD: I&B & Prasar Bharati at loggerheads

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Arun Jaitely, Surya Prakash

Arun Jaitely, Surya Prakash

The Information and Broadcasting Ministry is under pressure to take a fresh look at the appointment of Veena Jain as Director-General of Doordarshan News.

Reason simple,  Mr. Surya Prakash flagged the issue of autonomy of the corporation while  Ministry appointed Ms. Jain without consulting the Prasar Bharati Board.

Board officials have been particularly irked by the wording of the order that said Ms. Jain would report to the Ministry for all purposes, leading to apprehension of a government takeover of the autonomous corporation.

Since taking over last Friday, Ms. Jain, it is learnt from DD newsroom sources, had not chaired the prime-time edit meetings.

It is also learnt that following Mr. Prakash’s intervention, the Ministry has been directed to issue a fresh order soon. This time, the Board will be informed of it.

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