News Broadcasters Federation elects Arnab Goswami as President, to set up self-regulatory body

09 Dec,2019

By A Correspondent


The recently set up News Broadcasters Federation (NBF),  with 78 news channels representing broadcasters from 14 languages and 25 states of the country, 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. The members unanimously elected Arnab Goswami, Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of Republic TV, as the new President of NBF’s Governing Board. Said Goswami: “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. 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, namely 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, who 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), Maha News (AP and Telangana), 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), M H One ( Haryana), Mantavya News (Gujarat), Gujarat Television ( Gujarat), S Newz ( West Bengal), Bansal TV ( MP) and Onkat TV (West Bengal).


Meanwhile, former journalist R Jai Krishna has been appointed as Secretary-General/ Executive Director of NBF. Said Krishna, who will run the secretariat being set up in New Delhi: “I am more than happy to represent the aspirations of news broadcasters from across the country and resolve their common issues to make news industry more sustainable.”


Prior to the Board meeting, the members met I&B minister Prakash Javadekar and presented their first set of memorandum. The Minister urged NBF and its members to form a strong self-regulatory mechanism, while recognising the importance of news channels within the M&E sector.


According to a communique, Goswami will steer a focused group in formation of the self-regulatory body – ‘News Broadcasters Federation Authority’. The body will be led by a Chairman, and four independent eminent persons, and another four editors and will be set up by end-January 2020.


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