Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu seeks professional, expenditure audit of Rajya Sabha TV

The vice president also suggested that RSTV should be able to quantify the reach of the channel, besides having systems for feedback on and evaluation of the content. Naidu also called for efforts to expand RSTV's reach with a clear plan of action.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: September 13, 2017 8:38 pm
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Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday sought a professional and expenditure audit of the Rajya Sabha TV as he pitched for framing an action plan to expand the channel’s reach, a source said. The Rajya Sabha TV (RSTV) is owned and operated by the upper house of Parliament. Naidu is the chairman of the Rajya Sabha. During a one-and-a-half-hour-long review of the Rajya Sabha TV, Naidu made queries regarding reach of the channel, manpower utilisation, expenditure under various heads, mandate of the channel and its content, the source said.

“He directed that a comprehensive professional and expenditure audit may be undertaken,” the source added.

The vice president also suggested that RSTV should be able to quantify the reach of the channel (viewership), besides having systems for feedback on and evaluation of the content.

Naidu also called for efforts to expand RSTV’s reach with a clear plan of action, the source said.

He also suggested exploring the possibility of a synergy with Prasar Bharati, which runs Doordarshan and All India Radio (AIR), through sharing of content.

Rajya Sabha Secretary General Desh Deepak Verma, Prasar Bharati CEO and RSTV Acting CEO Shashi Shekhar Vempati and senior professionals of RSTV attended the review meeting.

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  1. S
    Sep 14, 2017 at 7:32 pm
    RSTV has been broadcasting one of the most vibrant and insightful content lately. This review of the channel shouldn't lead to deterioration of the quality so as to ensure RSTV becoming another Govt. mouthpiece. Content sharing with Doordarshan? I hope it's flow is from RSTV to DD and not the other way round!! Already shows like Sarokaar seem to have been closed down. Others like Big Picture and Desh Deshantar seem to have lost the edge. Typical Zee news/DD type topics are being picked up. Similarly with Media Manthan. Let's see the maturity of govt. and the VP in tolerating questions and criticism. They'll silence dissent at their own peril. Isn't it better to know what your worst critics say than to be surrounded by Chamchas?
    1. R
      Sep 14, 2017 at 7:30 pm
      Most people in India won't even watch RSTV at railway stations or airports for free - this is not because the content is pathetic - but because they have a poor opinion about it and the presentation is boring and unappealing. RSTV has amazing debates and content - it needs more parti tion from RS members, more sideline debates about RS agenda items and should be a platform for RS committees to discuss issues and inform the public . India is such a vast and diverse country - there are so many issues that the citizens need to know - from the price of onions to tribals in Andamans to Rohingya refugee - all these things need debates from across the political spectrum.
      1. R
        Sep 14, 2017 at 4:00 am
        For the first time we see serious thought is being given to improving the functioning of all our inst-i-tu-tions ...RSTV has so much potential for the Govt. and its audience which can expand in its outreach with creative minds of those who manage it......Mr. Naidu the VP of India is doing a brilliant job of opening RSTV for upgradation in content quality and outreach. Congress NEVER saw governance from the perspective of citizen-government parti tion in managing our Nation's affairs. As one of the better-informed citizens of the Nation, I must credit Mr. Naidu not only for his highly energetic will to continue inventing and innovating ways and means of progress but equally so in his sharp perception and observation of the lackings around in the sphere of governance.
        1. I
          Sep 14, 2017 at 12:38 am
          I am proud that at last India has leaders and not "paper-weights" holding positions or occupying chairs for the higher command. My salute to Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu for being a true leader India needs today. And, I wish Shri Shashi Shekhar Vempati much vision for the future and success in his additional responsibilities as the CEO of RSTV.