Diversifying the representation of media channels, fiery anchor and Editor-In-Chief of Republic TV- Arnab Goswami has been elected as the President of governing board of the News Broadcasters Federation. The members also elected four Vice-Presidents, namely 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, who will be part of the governing board.
After being elected to the top post of the newly constituted federation, Arnab Goswami said, “For far too long a clutch of Delhi-based channels have falsely claimed to represent Indian broadcasting. NBF will change that, for good.”
While expressing gratitude for this, Goswami further stated that he was grateful for the trust and confidence showed by the largest-ever 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,” he added.
The NBF president will lead a group to form the self-regulatory body – News Broadcasters Federation Authority said the federation in a statement. “It will create new standards for news broadcasting and address any violation through a committee of editors.”
The News Broadcasters Federation was formed in July this year with 50 news channels. The members met Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar before the board meeting and presented their first set of the memorandum. The Information and Broadcasting Minister urged NBF and its members to form a strong self-regulatory mechanism, while also recognising the importance of regional news channels.
The self-regulation mechanism of the body will be led by a Chairperson, four eminent personalities and four editors.
The broadcasters’ body comprises of 78 news channels in 14 languages from 25 states. The members had met recently to finalise the modalities of a self-regulatory organisation – News Broadcasters Federation Authority – in order to self-regulate content, the statement said. “The biggest ever congregation of regional news broadcasters represents their combined interests and perspectives on matters related to the news broadcasting industry,” it added.
People on social media gave mixed reactions on Arnab Goswami being elected the President of broadcasters’ federation’s governing board, with liberals terming him a stooge of the government while other people rejoiced over the news announcing that it was a Burnol moment for the liberal media itself. The news did not go down well with the liberals, as they despise anyone with the nationalistic approach.
News Broadcasters Federation elects Arnab Goswami as Governing Board President
When You Lick the Govt
You get Board President Post
When you Report News & facts
You get Magsaysay.
— Nенr_wно™ (@Nehr_who) December 8, 2019
— vikRANT (@VikrantHegde) December 9, 2019
Congrats #ArnabGoswami Hope news Media will have a perceptible change in near future. But it is huge Burnol Moment for Lutyen's media. Proud of You Arnab👏👏👏
— Totlani Krishan (@kktotlani) December 9, 2019
— Akshay bhagwat (@AkshayBhagwat18) December 9, 2019