The editors of broadcast media on August 22 announced the setting up of a body, christened Broadcast Editors’ Association (BEA), to strengthen the values of objective and fair broadcast journalism and to protect and promote the freedom of expression.
The Association has five office bearers – Star News’ Shazi Zaman is the President of the Association, while Times Now’s Arnab Goswami and NDTV’s Pankaj Pachauri are the Vice-Presidents. NK Singh of ETV is the General Secretary, while Sudhir Chaudhary of Live India is the Treasurer.
The editors of television channels felt there was need to evolve healthy norms, promote training of professional journalists at all levels, ensure dissemination of credible and constructive news content, and to protect the right to freedom of expression, whenever threatened.
There will also be an Executive Committee to members, which include – Ashutosh (IBN7), Vinay Tewari (CNN-IBN), Satish K Singh (Zee TV), Ajit Anjum (News 24), Vinod Kapri (India TV), Sanjay Bragta (Sahara TV), and Pranjal Sharma (UTV).
The BEA will soon develop its own website so as to make direct media-public interaction possible. It will hold seminars and other modes of two-way interaction to receive feedback from civil society organisations and decision-makers in the public domain.