New Delhi: The News Broadcasters Association (NBA) has re-elected Rajat Sharma as the president of the media body.
The NBA board also elected Mrs. Anuradha Prasad Shukla, Chairperson-cum-Managing Director of News24 Broadcast India Ltd as the Vice-President
At the NBA board meeting, the members unanimously asked Rajat Sharma, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, India TV to continue as the President.
The board also elected M.K. Anand, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer – Times Network - Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd as the Honorary Treasurer of the NBA for the year 2020-2021.
The other members on the NBA board are:
Mr. M.V. Shreyams Kumar, Managing Director - Mathrubhumi Printing & Publishing Co. Ltd.
Mr. Rahul Joshi, Managing Director - TV18 Broadcast Ltd.
Mr. Avinash Pandey, Chief Executive Officer - ABP Network Pvt. Ltd.
Mr. I. Venkat, Director - Eenadu Television Pvt. Ltd.
Ms. Kalli Purie Bhandal, Vice-Chairperson & Managing Director - TV Today Network Ltd.
Ms. Sonia Singh, Editorial Director, NDTV - New Delhi Television Ltd.
Mr. Sudhir Chaudhary, Chief Executive Officer - Cluster 1 - Zee Media Corporation Ltd.
The NBA is the largest organization of news broadcasters, consisting of almost all major news networks of the country.
"It gives me great pleasure to present the 13th Annual Report of NBA. The management report contains in detail all the actions that we have taken in the last one year. It gives me immense satisfaction to inform members that on the various issues that NBA has represented upon during the last one year, before the government and other bodies, such representations once finalized and notified will facilitate ‘ease of doing business’. The NBA is also privileged to have made submissions before the Joint Parliamentary Committee and the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology of Lok Sabha on the ‘Draft Data Protection Bill’ and ‘Ethical Standards in Media Coverage’," Rajat Sharma said in his address to the gathering.
"During the last six months, the entire world has gone through an unprecedented crisis due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Businesses across the globe have seen disruption. News broadcasters are no exception to this disruption. Overnight everything changed for one and all. Our responsibility as news channels increased manifold when the Government declared us as “essential services”. In such an unexpected situation, news broadcasters had a huge responsibility to deliver credible news and information relating to the Covid-19 pandemic, to millions of our viewers who were dependent on us. In view of the lockdown, we had to find urgent and immediate solutions for our newsroom operations, so that there would be no disruption in the delivery of news/information. Our members stood up to all the difficulties and ensured that news was delivered seamlessly and without any glitches. During the lockdown there was an unprecedented spike in the viewership of news channels," he added.
"The NBA salutes our journalists, camerapersons and editorial staff who have gone beyond their line of duty, putting their lives at risk, and ensured that news and information of the pandemic reached millions of viewers."