The government has said on Tuesday that the TV channels of thetwo 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.
Consequent upon the joint decision of the Hon'ble Chairman, Rabra Sabha and the Hon'ble Speaker, Lok Sabha to merge RSTV and LSTV into SANSAD TELEVISION (SANSAD TV), Shri Ravi Capoor, IAS (1986: Assam-Meghnlya) (Retd.) has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer, SANSAD TV, on contract basis, for a period of one year with immediate effect or until further orders, whichever is earlier," said a government order dated March 1, 2021
Sources said though the channels are being integrated into one single entity but it will function on two platforms -- one to telecast live proceedings of Lok Sabha and the other of Rajya Sabha.
They said that during the inter-session period, the two platforms will telecast almost similar content but in different languages -- Hindi and English.
The integration of two channels will lead to some savings and may result in retrenchment of a few employees, they said.
In November 2019, after deliberations between Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu, a committee headed by former Prasar Bharati Chairman Surya Prakash was formed for integration of the two channels.
With PTI Inputs