The merger of Rajya Sabha Television (RSTV) and Lok Sabha Television (LSTV) is in the final stages, with a six-member committee expected to submit a report by this month-end to Upper House Chairman and Lok Sabha Speaker. The final decision will be taken by them.
- The committee, constituted in November 2019, is headed by Prasar Bharati Chairman Surya Prakash.
- Its mandate is “to work out the modalities and prepare the guidelines for pooling resources, manpower and technology for the merger of the two channels”.
- Before the LSTV was launched in 2006, private television channels aired select Parliament proceedings. In 2011, RSTV was launched. Parliament is in session for close to 100 days in a year and thus for the remaining period there is really no need for two channels.
Source : The Hindu