Delhi: Well-known television journalist Pankaj Pachauri has joined as a key member of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s media team, official sources said.
Pachauri, 48, joined his duties in the Prime Minister’s Office Wednesday, the sources added.
Till recently the managing editor of NDTV India (NDTV’s Hindi channel), Pachauri had earlier worked with prominent media organisations, including the British Broadcasting Corporation(BBC) in London and in India Today.
Pachauri will work alongwith the prime minister’s media advisor Harish Khare, the sources added.
An alumnus of Agra’s St John’s College, he had also been associated with University of California’s department of journalism at Berkley.
He had won several awards including The Statesman Award for Rural Reporting and the Srikant Verma award.
Media circles view the appointment of Pachauri as part of the PMO to boost the image of the government, especially in the Hindi heartland and regional media.