The News Broadcasters Federation (NBF) unanimously elected editor-in-chief of Republic TV, Arnab Goswami, the President of its governing board.
Responding to the decision Goswami said, “I am grateful for the trust and confidence shown in me by the largest every group of broadcasters in India. 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- Jagi Mangat Panda, co-founder of Ortel Communications; Shankar Bala of Fourth Dimension Media; Sanjive Narain, Chairman and Managing Director of Prag News, and Kartikeya Sharma of ITV Network and also members of three committees- public policy, distribution and finance.
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In a statement, NBF said that for firming up governance and management structures, ‘News Broadcasters Federation Authority’ would be officially announced by the end of January 2020. The new self-regulation authority would create new standards for news broadcasting and address any violation.
NBF which represents both national and regional news broadcasters was formed in July 2019 and aims to deliver news and information to more than 100 crore viewers across India.
Sukhdev Singh Ghuman, Chairman of Digiana Industries, Madhya Pradesh said, “After forming NBF everyone is coming together. There are so many people who are interested and are joining NBF. They are enthusiastic.”
Prior to the meeting, the members met Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Prakash Javadekar who urged them to recognise the importance of regional news channels.