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Regional news channels join hands to form All India News Broadcasters Association

MUMBAI: Even as the News Broadcasters Association continues to represent the private television news & current affairs broadcasters, the regional and small news channels have joined hands to form a separate outfit called the All India News Broadcasters Association.

A number of regional broadcasters have tied up with the government and various agencies to put together a unified platform to ensure ethical journalism and look at a collective solution to solve various problems that continue to plague the industry.

The group comprising heads and owners of small and medium news channels held its first meeting in Delhi yesterday. Special elections were held to put together the interim team of founding office bearers of the association.

The chairman of the association is Walia from Azad News, vice-chairman is Anil Gaba from Total TV, general secretary is Tejinder Pal Singh from Patiala-based Channel 2, treasurer is SK Gupta from Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh’s channel TV100 and joint secretaries are Dr Prakash Sharma from Jabalpur’s SMBC Insight channel and Amit Agarwal from Raipur’s TSN channel.

In addition, the members of the governing body include ID Garg from Gurgaon’s Khabrein Abhi Tak, Pushpendra Singh Baghel from Noida’s Khabar Bharti, Vikram Newaar from Kolkata’s Tazaa TV, AK Sama from Rohtak’s Fast News and Naresh Mehta from Gurgaon’s Khoj India.

This is the interim committee of office bearers and fresh elections will be held within six months to ensure the formation of a permanent committee.

This is the first such association or representative body of regional news players in the country, which will work towards creating a level playing field in the country at par with the national news channels.

Apart from focusing on the problems of the industry, the association will work towards ensuring ethical journalism, curbing paid news and ensuring guidelines for self-regulation. It will also create a platform for news syndication and exchange among member organisations collective marketing and distribution.

All India News Broadcasters association will also aims to act as a unified body working in conjunction with the government and representing the views, issues and concerns of the broadcasting industry, playing an exemplary role in finding workable solutions.