Man Jit Singh is IBF Prez, 3 VPs appointed

01 Oct,2012

By A Correspondent


The Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Mumbai on September 29 and appointed Man Jit Singh of MSM as President. Sunil Lulla of Times TV Network, Rajat Sharma of India TV and Punit Goenka of Zee News were appointed as Vice Presidents. Rahul Johri of Discovery will be the Treasurer of the Foundation. The IBF Board will now comprise three Vice Presidents, instead of one, as had been the practice since the Foundation’s inception in 1999. This has primarily been done for dealing with the growing challenges confronting the Industry and for better coordination across different Industry initiatives, be it digitization, regulatory, fiscal and content-related issues or matters pertaining to the industry as a whole.


The outgoing President of IBF, Uday Shankar thanked all Members for their support during his two-year term. “The last two years have been very important for the Broadcasting Industry with new changes and technology being ushered in. I have had the most eventful tenure as President as I witnessed all these changes happening right in front of me. Be it DAS or institutionalizing the self-regulating mechanism in the form of Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC),” Mr Shankar said.


“It is a moment of change and I would expect that the momentum that we have generated finds a new impetus after my presidency,” Mr Shankar said while pledging all support to his successor, Man Jit Singh. Mr Shankar advised the IBF members to be “well prepared for the implementation of digitization and plugging the loopholes, if any, before the deadline”. This sentiment found echo with the new President Mr Man Jit Singh, who said: “Digitization is the biggest challenge that stares at us currently and its timely and phased implementation is of prime concern. With very little time left for implementation, the IBF must take the lead on the issue.”


Chalking a new road map for IBF, the new President said, “As an industry body, the IBF must become a more robust and representative forum where every Broadcaster is encouraged to come up with innovative ideas to drive the industry forward.”


The Board further coopted the following Directors: Tripurari Sharan, Doordarshan, Ronnie Screwvala, UTV, and Markand Adhikari of Sri Adhikari Bros. The members who are part of UBF include: Uday Shankar, Star India; Punit  Goenka, Zee News; Sunil Lulla, Times TV Network; Sudhanshu Vats, Viacom 18; N.P. Singh, Bangla Entertainment; K. Madhavan, Asianet Communications. Besides the above, the 12-Member Board comprises of: Man Jit Singh, MSM;Rajat Sharma,IndiaTV; I. Venkat, ETV; Jawahar Goel, Zee Network; K V L Narayan Rao, NDTV; Siddharth Jain, Turner India International.


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