Ms Chitra Bharucha is first Indian to head BBC

In a rare distinction, Dr Chitra Bharucha, an Indian-born haematologist, took charge as the acting Chairperson of the British Broadcasting Corporation, becoming the first woman and first Asian to head the giant organisation.

Born in Madurai, Bharucha has lived in Britain since 1972. She shifted from a career in medicine to media in 1996 when she joined the BBC Broadcasting Council for Northern Ireland, a position she stayed in till 2003.

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