Noted journalist Mrinal Pande was on Saturday appointed chairperson of public broadcaster Prasar Bharati.

President Pratibha Patil has appointed Ms. Pande as chairman of the Prasar Bharati Board for a term upto April 30, 2011 from the day she assumes office, an official statement said.

The Prasar Bharati Board oversees the functioning of state-run All India Radio and Doordarshan.

The government had accepted the resignation of previous board chairman Arun Bhatnagar last month.

Ms. Pande has been editor of the Hindi daily Hindustan. She has also worked in television and written short stories.

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