NBSA pulls up TV18 for reports on Rajiv trust
In its December 20 order, NBSA also imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh upon the broadcaster. NBSA is an independent body operating under the larger umbrella of News Broadcasters Association to promote self-regulation among news channels.
In its complaint filed on September 14, 2011, RGCT, through its CEO Y S P Thorat, complained to NBSA that the channels ran reports alleging discriminatory approach adopted by the Haryana government in allocating land to a chosen few including RGCT. It said the reports wrongly suggested that the government bent laws to benefit the Gandhi family associated with it. It also said the channels did not speak with it before airing the reports.
NBSA, initially, directed RGCT to register its protest with the broadcaster. On being approached, the two channels denied wrongdoing and offered to telecast RGCT’s additional comments if it withdrew its complaint. RGCT declined the offer and approached NBSA again.
NBSA told RGCT that since Punjab and Haryana High Court was hearing cases relating to the issue and RGCT was a respondent in one petition, it cannot entertain the plea. On conclusion of the court proceedings, RGCT approached NBSA in
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