Republic TV founder Arnab Goswami elected as NBF prez

MUMBAI: The newly formed News Broadcasters Federation (NBF), which claims to represent more than 78 news channels representing broadcasters from 14 languages and 25 states of the country, has elected Republic Media Network MD and Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami as the president.

The NBF board met on Saturday to firm up the governance and management structure, as well to finalise on the modalities of a self-regulatory organisation – News Broadcasters Federation Authority – with an aim to bring in transparent self-regulation on content. The members unanimously elected Goswami as the new President of NBF’s Governing Board.

Republic TV founder Arnab Goswami elected as NBF prez“I am grateful for the trust and confidence shown in me by the largest every group of broadcasters in India. NBF is a game-changer and its incredible how so many channel owners and top executives have come together so quickly to make NBF happen,” said Goswami. “For far too long a clutch of Delhi based channels have falsely claimed to represent Indian broadcasting. NBF will change that, for good.”

The members also elected four Vice Presidents – Ortel Communications co-founder Jagi Mangat Panda; Shankar Bala of Fourth Dimension Media; Sanjive Narain, Chairman and Managing Director of Prag News, and Kartikeya Sharma of ITV Network. They will be part of the governing board.

Among the founder members of the NBF are the following: Republic Media Network (Republic TV and Republic Bharat), Puthiyathalaimurai ( Tamil Nadu) and V6 News (Telangana), Orissa TV (Orissa), IBC24 (MP and Chhattisgarh), TV9 Bharatvarsh, Newslive and Northeast Live (Assam and Northeast), First India News (Rajasthan), Kolkata TV (West Bengal), CVR News (AP and Telangana), Polimer News (Tamil Nadu), Khabar Fast (Haryana), Living India News (Punjab), Prag News (Assam), NTV (AP and Telangana), and Maha News (AP and Telangana).

Other members include TV5 News (AP and Telangana), MKTV (Tamil Nadu), Vanitha TV (AP and Telangana), DNN and IND24 (MP), Shri Sankara TV and Ayush TV (Karnataka), A1 TV (Jaipur), Power TV (Karnataka), Raj News (Tamil Nadu), Twentyfour News (Kerala), CVR News Network (AP and Telangana), National Voice (Uttar Pradesh), Nirman News (Gujarat), Anaadi TV (MP and Chhattisgarh), VRL Media (Karnataka), Calcutta News (West Bengal), News 7 (Tamil Nadu), DNN and News World ( MP and Chhattisgarh), MH One ( Haryana), Mantavya News (Gujarat), Gujarat Television ( Gujarat), S Newz ( West Bengal), Bansal TV ( MP) and Onkat TV (West Bengal).

Prior to the Board meeting, the members met the Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Prakash Javadekar, and presented their first set of the memorandum. The minister urged NBF and its members to form a strong self-regulatory mechanism while recognizing the importance of news channels within the Media and Entertainment sector.

Republic TV founder Arnab Goswami elected as NBF prezThe President of NBF will steer a focused group in the formation of the self-regulatory body – ‘News Broadcasters Federation Authority’, which will create new standards for news broadcasting and address any violation through a committee of editors from within the federation. The self-regulation mechanism will be led by a Chairman, and four independent eminent persons, and another four editors.

The new Self-Regulatory Organisation is scheduled to be announced officially by the end of January 2020. “We will strive to make self-regulations and we will strive to make to benefit the industry and take forward this industry in a very positive way keeping in mind the entire country, keeping in mind the entire diversity of the country in mind. We will take it forward,” added Sanjive Narain.

The members of NBF also formalised the members of the three issues-Specific Committees – Public Policy, Distribution, and Finance – by electing among the members through a mode of consensus.

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