In the backdrop of the controversy over the draft content code and Broadcast Bill proposed by the Information & Broadcasting Ministry, leading news broadcasters in India have come together to form the News Broadcasters Association (NBA). The association is headquartered in New Delhi and has been registered as a Section 25 company under the Companies Act.
The broadcasters who are part of NBA are TV Today Network (Aaj Tak, Headlines Today, Delhi Aajtak & Tez), NDTV Limited (NDTV24X7, NDTV India & NDTV Profit), Times Global Broadcasting Company (Times Now), TV18 Group (CNBC TV18, CNBC Awaaz, CNN-IBN & IBN7), Media Content & Communication Services (STAR News, STAR Ananda & STAR Majha), Independent News Service (India TV), and Zee News Ltd (Zee News, Zee Business, Zee 24 Taas & 25 Ghanta).
At the first board meeting held on July 25, 2007, the NBA elected its board and office-bearers for 2007-08.
The board members are: G. Krishnan, Executive Director & CEO, TV Today Network; Sameer Manchanda, Joint MD, Global Broadcast News (CNN-IBN, IBN7); KVL Narayan Rao, Group CEO, NDTV; Sunil Lulla, CEO, Times Now; Chintamani Rao, CEO, India TV; Harish Doraiswamy, CEO, Zee News; and Uday Shanker, CEO, Media Content & Communication Services.
The office-bearers elected for 2007-08 are: G. Krishnan, President, Sameer Manchanda, Vice-President, and KVL Narayan Rao, Honorary Treasurer.
Annie Joseph has been appointed Secretary General of the News Broadcasters Association.
A press statement stated that the vision of NBA was to help create and nurture an environment in which news broadcasters could best serve audiences and also engage with policy makers 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 to further promote the broadcaster’s role as an important contributor to the country’s cultural, social and economic fabric.
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.