The leading television news and current affairs channels of the country have come together to form the News Broadcasters Association (NBA), headquartered in Delhi. The founder members of the NBA include Global Broadcast News Ltd (CNBC-TV18, Awaaz, CNN-IBN and IBN7), TV Today Network Ltd (Aaj Tak, Headlines Today, Tez and Dilli Aaj Tak), New Delhi Television Ltd (NDTV 24x7, NDTV India and NDTV Profit), Times Global Broadcasting Company Ltd (Times Now), Media Content & Communication Services(India) Pvt Ltd (STAR News and STAR Ananda), Zee News Ltd (Zee News, ZeeBusiness and Zee24 Tass), and Independent News Service Pvt Ltd (India TV).
The vision of NBA is to create an environment in which news broadcasters can best serve audiences and contribute to the development and diversity of the country. The NBA will engage with policymakers on behalf of its members in order to promote an industry grounded in the principles of democracy and freedom of expression.
This initiative will help promote the broadcasters’ role as an important contributor to the country’s cultural, social and economic fabric. The association will be addressing issues to take care of business channels like the carriage fees issue.
The NBA will help members to chart a course that facilitates news broadcasters in responding to the rapid socio-economic changes in the country, and in taking advantage of the opportunities ushered in by economic growth as well as new technology. To this end, the NBA will concern itself with ethical, technical, operational, regulatory and legal issues affecting news and current affairs channels.
The members of the NBA include G Krishnan (TV Today Network Ltd), Sameer Manchanda (Global Broadcast News Ltd), KVL Narayan Rao (New Delhi Television Ltd), Sunil Lulla (Times Global Broadcasting Company Ltd), Uday Shankar (Media Content & Communication Services (India) Pvt Ltd), Chintamani Rao (Independent News Services Pvt Ltd), and Harish Doraiswamy (Zee News Ltd).
The Association is expecting to get registered within a week’s time following which the positions of president and other general body members would be decided. Annie Joseph would be appointed Secretary General of the Association.