The members of News Broadcasters Federation (NBF) decided to form an â€˜alternative standardsâ€™ organisation called the News Broadcasters Federation Authority, aiming to bring in more transparent self-regulation on content. Over 30 top executives representing national and regional channels under NBF recently met in Mumbai for the first time to decide on the critical issues involving content regulation and governance within the industry.
The News industry trade body has decided to open-up memberships for TV channels and broadcasters from across India, starting November 1, 2019.
Another key decision taken by the NBF is that its upcoming Secretariat will be based in the National Capital â€“ Delhi, given the proximity to the Government Ministries, concerned Departments and Industry Regulators.
The meeting and finalisation of the agenda to move forward with NBF is critical and comes at a time when the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting is finalising a draft of rules and regulations to hold media accountable, including the proposed framework for online content and news. Significantly, the first formal meeting of the NBF also saw support pouring in from some distribution platform operators or DPOs, who also own television news channels.
News Broadcasters Federation (NBF) was formed in July this year, bringing together 50 news channels representing broadcasters from all languages and all regions of India, making it the true representative of broadcasters across India. The NBF will be governed by a Board of Directors, and four Issues-Specific Committees to be constituted among the members. The Committee on Public Policy will address the larger issues with various stakeholders including Government of India, State Governments, Judiciary, and civil society organisations.
NBF aims to have a self-regulatory body â€“ â€˜News Broadcasters Federation Authorityâ€™, 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.
A structured Committee on Distribution will be formed in order to increase the consumption of news and expand the viewership of member companies both within India and outside.Â A Committee on Finance will also be formed to help member companies to strengthen liquidity through technology-driven solutions. NBF will also explore setting up other committees as and when the need arises.