The first annual general meeting of the Association of Regional Television Broadcasters of India (ARTBI) was held in Delhi on May 16, 2011, to finalise the constitution of the Association. The meeting saw representatives from over 30 regional networks and over 150 regional channels take part in the deliberations.
Speaking to exchange4media on the development, Rajiv Mishra, Convenor, ARTBI, and COO, India News Group of TV Channels, stated, “As this was the first annual meeting of the body, we discussed various aspects of the guidelines of the constitution. The registration process for the Association is on and we are soon going to meet representatives of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) to share with them the challenges that regional broadcasters are facing.”
The next meeting of the Association will be held in the next 15 days. The channels that took part in the meeting included Mahuaa TV group, Eenadu TV group, Sahara TV group, India News TV group, NETV group, PTC Punjabi TV group, Malayala Manorma TV group, Odisha TV Network group, Saam TV group, TV 99 group, Munsif TV, News 10 TV, HMTV, Jai Hind TV, Jeevan TV, and Rachna TV, among others.
It may be recalled that ARTBI was formed in the beginning of the year 2011 to safeguard several interests of regional broadcasters and engage the Government in a dialogue to amend few rules and regulations. The first internal meeting of the association in March discussed several matters of common interest and the problems faced by regional broadcasters of India. The meeting had also discussed developing a consortium of regional broadcasters for getting national and corporate advertisements.