News Broadcasters Federation meets to create charter and governance board

04 Nov,2019

By A Correspondent


The top deck of India’s news Industry, part of the News Broadcasters Federation (NBF) met in Mumbai recently, to decide on the critical issues involving content regulation and governance within the Industry. In a meeting attended by over 30 top executives representing national and regional channels, a decision has been taken to form an ‘alternative standards’ organisation called the News Broadcasters Federation Authority, aiming to bring in “more transparent self-regulation on content”. More than 50 news channels have come together to create a charter and a governance board for NBF.


The new news industry trade body has decided to open-up memberships for TV channels and broadcasters from across India, starting November 1. Another key decision taken by the NBF is that its upcoming secretariat will be based out of the Delhi.


Like the news Broadcasters Association, NBF also aims to have a self-regulatory body – the ‘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.


According to a communique issued by the NBF, a structured committee on distribution will be formed in order to increase the consumption of news and expand the viewership of member companies both within India and outside. “A Committee on Finance will also be formed to help member companies to strengthen liquidity through technology-driven solutions. NBF will also explore setting up other committees as and when the need arises.”



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