The Rajya Sabha TV (RSTV) and Lok Sabha TV (LSTV) which broadcast the meetings and proceedings of the Upper house and Lower house have been merged into one ‘Sansad TV’. The Lok Sabha Television was launched in 2006 by then Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, the channel used to broadcasts live and recorded coverage of the Lok Sabha; while Rajya Sabha TV launched in 2011 which apart from proceedings also shows precise analysis of parliamentary affairs and also provides a platform for knowledge-based programmes.
The decision of merger has already taken back in June last year and has now officially been announced by the Rajya Sabha Secretariat's office. This has also led some changes at few top-level executive offices; Ravi Capoor, a retired IAS of 1986 batch of Assam Meghalaya cadre has been appointed CEO of Sansad TV for a period of one year. Capoor has earlier served in the ministries of commerce, textiles and petroleum and also served internationally in World Bank and UN.
A senior official involved in plan has said that the decision has taken as a cost cutting strategy “The integrated plan would be a major cost-saving exercise as the RSTV shells out INR10-12 crore on rent alone for its office and studio on the Talkatora Road.”
Earlier LSTV has been functioning from Parliament Library Building (PLB) at Mahadev Road and RSTV from Gurudwara Rakab Ganj Road and Talkatora Stadium Annexe Building (TKSA). Now the new address for the Sansad TV will be a small bungalow at Mahadev Road that also have kennel for eight sniffer dogs of the Parliament security service.