Arnab Goswami elected as President of News Broadcasters Federation

Four Vice Presidents to be part of governing board - Jagi Mangat Panda, Ortel Communications; Shankar Bala, Fourth Dimension Media; Sanjive Narain, Prag News; Kartikeya Sharma, ITV Network

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Updated: Dec 9, 2019 8:21 AM

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Arnab Goswami

Arnab Goswami, Managing Director and Editor in Chief of Republic TV, has been elected as the new President of News Broadcasters Federation (NBF).

NBF, the country’s largest industry association of more than 78 news channels representing broadcasters from 14 languages and 25 states of the country, met on Saturday to firm up the governance and management structure, as well to finalize on the modalities of a self-regulatory organization – News Broadcasters Federation Authority – with an aim to bring in transparent self-regulation on content.

The members unanimously elected Goswami as the new President of NBF’s Governing Board.

“I am grateful for the trust and confidence shown in me by the largest every group of broadcasters in India. NBF is a game changer and its incredible how so many channel owners and top executives have come together so quickly to make NBF happen," said Goswami.

“For far too long a clutch of Delhi based channels have falsely claimed to represent Indian broadcasting. NBF will change that, for good.”

The members also elected four Vice Presidents - Jagi Mangat Panda, Co-founder of Ortel Communications; Shankar Bala of Fourth Dimension Media; Sanjive Narain, Chairman and Managing Director of Prag News, and Kartikeya Sharma of ITV Network. They will be part of the governing board.

Among the founder members of the NBF are the following: Republic Media Network (Republic TV and Republic Bharat), Puthiyathalaimurai ( Tamil Nadu) and V6 News (Telangana), Orissa TV (Orissa), IBC24 (MP and Chhattisgarh), TV9 Bharatvarsh, Newslive and Northeast Live (Assam and Northeast), First India News (Rajasthan), Kolkata TV (West Bengal), CVR News (AP and Telangana), Polimer News (Tamil Nadu), Khabar Fast (Haryana), Living India News (Punjab), Prag News (Assam), NTV (AP and Telangana), Maha News (AP and Telangana), TV5 News (AP and Telangana), MKTV (Tamil Nadu), Vanitha TV (AP and Telangana), DNN and IND24 (MP), Shri Sankara TV and Ayush TV (Karnataka), A1 TV (Jaipur), Power TV (Karnataka),Raj News (Tamil Nadu), Twentyfour News (Kerala), CVR News Network (AP and Telangana), National Voice (Uttar Pradesh), Nirman News (Gujarat), Anaadi TV (MP and Chhattisgarh), VRL Media (Karnataka), Calcutta News (West Bengal),News 7 (Tamil Nadu), DNN and News World ( MP and Chhattisgarh), M H One ( Haryana), Mantavya News (Gujarat), Gujarat Television ( Gujarat), S Newz ( West Bengal), Bansal TV ( MP) and Onkat TV (West Bengal).

Riniki Bhuyan Sharma, Chairman and Managing Director of Pride East Entertainment, a broadcaster from the north-eastern part of India, said: “I think this is one of the best moves that has been taken up with all of us together and thinking that in the broadcasting industry, it will be a big step.”

Anil Ayroor, Chief Operating Officer of Twentyfour News, a news broadcaster from Kerala, said, “We represent around 100 crore people. Now we are an association where we can reach out in Delhi and sort out our problems, and that’s the best part of it.”

The members also unanimously named R. Jai Krishna, a former journalist and public policy specialist in the Media sector, as the first Secretary-General/ Executive Director of NBF. Krishna comes with more than two decades experience and expertise especially in the news media industry. He will run the secretariat being set up in New Delhi, given the proximity to government ministries, concerned departments and industry regulators.

“I am more than happy to represent the aspirations of news broadcasters from across the country and resolve their common issues to make news industry more sustainable,” Krishna said on his appointment.

Angad Deep Singh, Director of Chandigarh-based Living India News, said: “NBF had to be set up, because we the regional players wanted someone who could be a voice in the nation. Even the regional or all of us had to be together to the problems which all of us are facing.”

Sukhdev Singh Ghuman, Chairman of Digiana Industries, one of the largest MSOs based in Indore, Madhya Pradesh said: “After forming NBF everyone is coming together, and there are so many people who are interested and who are joining NBF, they are enthusiastic.”

Prior to the Board meeting, the members met the Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Prakash Javadekar, and presented their first set of memorandum. The minister urged NBF and its members to form a strong self-regulatory mechanism, while recognizing the importance of news channels within the Media and Entertainment sector.

The President of NBF will steer a focused group in formation of the self-regulatory body – ‘News Broadcasters Federation Authority’, which will create new standards for news broadcasting and address any violation through a committee of editors from within the federation. The self-regulation mechanism will be led by a Chairman, and four independent eminent persons, and another four editors.

The new Self-Regulatory Organization is scheduled to be announced officially by end of January 2020. “We will strive to make self-regulations and we will strive to make to benefit the industry and take forward this industry in a very positive way keeping in mind the entire country, keeping in mind the entire diversity of the country in mind. We will take it forward,” added Sanjive Narain.

The members of NBF also formalized the members of the three issues-Specific Committees – Public Policy, Distribution, and Finance – by electing among the members through a mode of consensus.

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