NBF, which is an industry body formed by over 50 news channels, is now planning to form its own self-regulatory body called the News Broadcasters Federation Authority (NBFA).
The meeting was attended by over 30 top executives representing national and regional channels, where a decision has been taken to form an ‘alternative standards’ organisation called the NBFA, aiming to bring in more transparent self-regulation on content. More than 50 news channels have come together to create a charter and a governance board for NBF.
This will be like a rival body to News Broadcasters Association (NBA). The association has its own self-regulatory body called News Broadcasters Standards Authority (NBSA), which looks into content-related complaints.
The memberships will be open for TV channels and broadcasters from across India, starting 1st November 2019.
NBF said: “This is the first time in the history of Indian broadcasting that a group of regional and national broadcasters have come together to form a body that represents their combined interests and perspective on matters related to the news broadcasting industry.”
News Broadcasters Federation Authority 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.