Channels fined, to apologise as news self-regulator NBSA acts on 7 complaints

08 Jan,2014

By A Correspondent


The News Broadcasting  Standards Authority (NBSA), the self-regulatory body set up by the News Broadcasters Association has acted upon various complaints received by and has issued seven orders on the complaints, a copy of which was shared with MxMIndia.


The following is the action taken against the complaints:

1. Complaint filed by Atul Jain against ABP News for programme ‘Bura na Mano’ was rejected (Order 21)


2. Complaint filed by the Joint GM of IRCTC against Aaj Tak against a sting operation titled ‘Dalal Junction’ was upheld (Order 22). Aaj Tak is required to display an apology from Jan 13 to 17, 2014 and also remove the video from the website


3.Complaint from Seema Mittal against Aaj Tak regarding a story in the programme ‘Vardat’ with first telecast on November 7. Complaint upheld. Aaj Tak is required to carry an apology as well as pay a fine of Rs 1 lakh. Video to be removed from website.


4. Complaint filed by RK Lal of Mallige Medical Centre against CNN-IBN on news aired on March 29 to March 31, 2013 and April 6, 2013 with a repeat airing as well as on Face the Nation on April 1. Complaint upheld. CNN-IBN has been asked to carry an apology on Jan 10 before the 9pm news.


5.Complaint filed by Mr Hariharan on child rape victim being identified by CNN-IBN journalist while covering protest on December 23, 2012. NBSA has advised the channel to be more careful and responsible in future as well as remove the video from and other weblinks.


6.Complaint against Sakshi TV regarding report on April 12, 2013 titled ‘drunken girls hulchul midnight’and case filed against pub management by 4 students of NALSAR. Complaint upheld. Channel to pay fine of Rs 1 lakh and carry an apology on January 15-17 at 8pm. Weblinks to be deleted.


7. Complaint filed regarding ‘Face the Nation’ with a discussion on the Phaneesh Murthy case aired on CNN-IBN on May 22 where complainant alleges that her name was unnecessariyly revealed and wrong info was disseminated on subjudice matters. Complaint upheld. Channel warned, asked to send an apology letter to complainant and video of the show on website(s) must be deleted.


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One response to “Channels fined, to apologise as news self-regulator NBSA acts on 7 complaints”

  1. madhur says:

    AAjtak has been mistakenly penalised, just on the threats of Seema Mittal for taking legal action, whereas the news was based on merits and true facts

    The petitioner herein relying upon the materials available on record in Crime No.453/2010 tried to substantiate that his wife, second respondent – Seema Mittal was having illicit relationship with Ashish Goel, which resulted in Ashish Goel committing suicide. According to petitioner, his wife Seema Mittal, to conceal her involvement resulting in the suicidal death of Ashish Goel, has falsely implicated the petitioner in false case by filing a complaint in Crime No.473/2010 before the Koramangala Police Station alleging that there is dowry harassment to her by her husband, petitioner herein.


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