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Prasar chief

New Delhi, Jan. 5 (PTI): Columnist M.V. Kamath will be the next chairman of the Prasar Bharati board.

A committee headed by Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat recommended Kamath’s name for the post, information and broadcasting minister Sushma Swaraj said.

She said Kamath has given his verbal consent to information and broadcasting secretary Pawan Chopra.

Kamath, who was made a member of the board last year, has worked in several news organisations and was editor of the now-defunct Illustrated Weekly. He had been Times of India’s US correspondent for many years.

The post of Prasar Bharati chairman had been lying vacant ever since space scientist U.R. Rao quit last year. Kamath is the third chairman of the board after the late Nikhil Chakravarthy and Rao.

The three-member committee comprises the Press Council chairman and a government nominee, besides the Vice-President.

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