News Broadcasting Standards Authority appoints four new members

The new members will replace Nitin Desai, S. Y. Quraishi, Leela Ponappa and Vijayalakshmi Chhabra whose terms have ended

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: Feb 5, 2020 1:16 PM
NBSA

The News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA) has announced the appointment of four new members. According to media reports, the new appointments are Nazim Zaidi, former Chief Election Commissioner of India, Stuti Kacker, former Chairperson of the National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), Zohra Chatterji, former Secretary of Ministry of Textiles and Navtej Sarna, India’s former Ambassador to the United States.

The new members will reportedly replace Nitin Desai, S. Y. Quraishi, Leela Ponappa and Vijayalakshmi Chhabra whose terms at the NBSA have ended. 

NBSA is an independent body which was established by the News Broadcasters Association (NBA) for self-regulation and it functions both as a watchdog and grievance redressal body. NBSA is entrusted with the task to consider and adjudicate upon complaints about broadcasts on member news channels. The body also issues guidelines for covering sensitive news from time to time.

Nasim Zaidi was Chief Election Commissioner of India from 2015 to 2017. He had also previously served as Election Commissioner from 2012 to 2015. He is credited with several reforms at the Elections Commission including the introduction of digital technology in several areas such as inclusive voter registration, election monitoring and 100% use of VVPAT (voter-verified paper audit trail) with EVMs (electronic voting machines).

Stuti Narain Kacker was previously Secretary to Government of India, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities where she established the Department of Disability Affairs, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. She was also Chairperson of the National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), a statutory body of Government of India, under the Ministry of Women and Child.

Zohra Chatterji previously served as Secretary at Ministry of Textiles in the Government of India in 2014. 

Former Indian Ambassador to the United States, Navtej Sarna also served as India’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Ambassador to the State of Israel and Secretary at the Ministry of External Affairs.

The NBSA is an independent body which was established by the News Broadcasters Association (NBA) for self-regulation. It functions both as a watchdog and grievance redressal body. The body was assigned with considering and adjudicating upon complaints about broadcasts on member news channels. The body also issues guidelines for covering sensitive news from time to time

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