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NRI doctor to head BCC until a new chairman is appointed


London, Nov.30, 2006
Dr. Sant Singh

The British Government today announced the appointment of eight members to join the new BBC Trust that will replace the Board of Governors from 1 January 2007. The new Charter requires that the Trust is independent of BBC management representing the interests of licence fee payers. Michael Grade has resigned as BBC chairman and is to join ITV, the corporation's main terrestrial rival.

Current BBC vice-chairman Anthony Salz will succeed Mr Grade until the end of the year, while Chitra Bharucha, vice-chairman of the new BBC Trust, will take up the position on a temporary basis until a new chairman is appointed.

She is the first woman and the first NRI to head the BBC. The BCC, £4 billion budget company is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world with a 26,000-strong staff in the UK.

Chitra Bharucha, the new Vice-Chairman of the BBC Trust who now chairs General Medical Council panels that decide on the fitness of doctors to practise medicine said:

"Organisations in receipt of public money tasked with providing a quality service are rightly subjected to intense scrutiny. My experience is that this is best achieved when based on evidence and consultation with those receiving and using the service. Transparency is another pre-requisite in order to ensure confidence in the system. I am looking forward to making my contribution to the work of the Trust."

NRI, Haematologist appointed vice chair of the BBC Trust

LONDON, Oct. 13, 2006
NRI press

NRI, Chitra Bharucha, haematologist, has been appointed as Vice Chair of BBC Trust, which replaces the news organisation's Board of Governors on January 1, 2007. Michael Grade will be the chairman of the Trust.

Chitra Bharucha was born in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. She received her medical qualification, MBBS, before moving to Britain in the 1970’s where she went on to obtain a Specialist degree.

  • She has been involved with many high profile groups across various different fields, ranging from the Independent Television Commission (ITC) to the GM Science Review Panel.
  • She was appointed to the ASA Council November 2004.
  • She lived and worked in Lisburn, Northern Ireland and resigned from the National Health Service in 2000.
  • She worked almost 20 years as Deputy Director of the Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service and Consultant Clinical Haematologist at Belfast City Hospital.

Bharucha chairs Fitness to Practise Adjudication Panels of the General Medical Council (GMC). She also chairs the advisory Committee on Animal Feeding stuffs for the Food Standards Agency and was appointed lay member of the Review Body for Judicial Complaints when it was created in 2006.









NRI, Dr. Chitra Bharucha, leading haematologist, to head BBC temporarily