A number of news channels have tied up with the Government and various agencies to put together a unified platform for ensuring ethical journalism and to look at a collective solution for ridding the industry of the various problems that continue to plague it without a workable solution in sight.
Christened All India News Broadcasters Association, this group comprising heads/ owners of small and medium news channels held its first meeting in Delhi.
Elections were held for putting together the interim team of founding office bearers of the Association:
MS Walia (Azad News) – Chairman
Anil Gaba (Total TV) – Vice Chairman
Tejinder Pal Singh (Patiala based Channel 2) – General Secretary
SK Gupta (Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh based TV channel TV100) – Treasurer
Dr Prakash Sharma (Jabalpur’s SMBC Insight Channel) and Amit Agarwal (Raipur’s Channel TSN) – Joint Secretaries
In addition, the following are the members of the governing body:
ID Garg (Gurgaon’s Khabrein Abhi Tak)
Pushpendra Singh Baghel (Khabar Bharti, Noida)
Vikram Newaar (Tazaa TV, Kolkata)
AK Sama (Fast News, Rohtak)
Naresh Mehta (Khoj India, Gurgaon)
This is the interim committee of office bearers and fresh elections will be held within six months to ensure the formation of a permanent committee.
This is the first such association or representative body of regional news players in the country, which will work towards creating a level playing field in the country at par with the national news channels. Apart from focusing on the problems of the industry, the Association will work towards ensuring clean and ethical journalism, and work towards curbing paid news and ensuring guidelines for self-regulation. The Association will also work towards creating a platform for news syndication and exchange amongst member organisations, collective marketing and distribution.
All India News Broadcasters Association will also act as a unified body working in conjunction with the government and representing the views, issues and concerns of the broadcasting industry, and play an exemplary role in finding workable solutions.