NBA Board members meet I&B min Prakash Javadekar to discuss issues concerning news channels

MUMBAI: The News Broadcasters Association (NBA) Board members Friday met the Information & Broadcasting (I&B) minister Prakash Javadekar to discuss various important issues concerning news channels and the industry.

The delegation was led by President of the Board, Mr. Rajat Sharma, India TV and included Anurradha Prasad (News 24), Rahul Joshi (TV18), Avinash Pandey (ABP News), Kalli Purie (India Today), Sonia Singh (NDTV) and NBA secretary general Annie Joseph.

In a statement, the NBA said that the meeting was extremely positive on a number of key matters including the importance of the News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA), a transparent rating system and new technologies in broadcasting.

The NBA would like to express its appreciation at the responsiveness & ideas put forward by Javadekar, it added.

The meeting happened in the wake of the formation of a new body called News Broadcasting Federation (NBF) comprising of more than 50 news channels.

Among the founder members of the NBF are the following: Republic Media Network (Republic TV and Republic Bharat), Puthiyathalaimurai and V6 News (Tamil Nadu), Orissa TV (Orissa), IBC24 (MP and Chattisgarh), Asianet News Network (Asianet News and Suvarna News, Kerala and Karnataka), TV9 Bharatvarsh, Newslive and Northeast Live (Assam and Northeast), First India News (Rajasthan), Kolkata TV (West Bengal), CVR News (AP & Telangana), Polimer News (Tamil Nadu), Khabar Fast (Haryana), Living India News (Punjab), Prag News (Assam), NTV (AP & Telangana), Maha News (AP & Telangana), TV5 News (AP & Telangana), MKTV (Tamil Nadu), Vanitha TV (AP & Telangana), DNN and IND24 (MP), Shri Sankara TV & Ayush TV (Karnataka), A1 TV (Jaipur), Power TV (Karnataka), Raj News (Tamil Nadu), Flowers TV (Kerala), CVR News Network (AP & Telangana), National Voice (Uttar Pradesh), Nirman News (Gujarat), Anaadi TV (MP & Chattisgarh), VRL Media (Karnataka), Calcutta News (West Bengal), News 7 (Tamil Nadu), DNN & News World ( MP & Chattisgarh), M H One ( Haryana), Mantavya News (Gujarat), Gujarat Television ( Gujarat), S News ( West Bengal) Bansal TV ( MP) and Onkat TV (West Bengal)

In his statement welcoming the formation of this diverse news association, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javdekar had said, “I am very happy today that more than 50 news channels have come together to form the News Broadcasters Federation. These members of the NBF are from various regions and broadcasting in various states of India. India has more than 700 channels and if more associations are formed in genres like news, then it is a very positive development. We don’t believe in censorship but believe in self-regulation. I am very sure and confident that the News Broadcasters Federation will be a platform to discuss matters relevant to the TV News Industry. I also hope that NBF gives its recommendations and ensures discipline in broadcasting where truth does not becomes casualty. I wish the NBF all the very best.”

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