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NBSA to examine complaints against Zee News Ltd channels relating to coal blocks

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NEW DELHI: The News Broadcasting Standards Authority has taken suo moto cognizance of the complaint filed by Jindal Steel Ltd. regarding telecast of news with regard to allocation of coal blocks and other issues on Zee News, Zee Business and Zee UP (channels of Zee News Ltd.).

The NBSA took the decision on the basis of the material placed before it and considering the seriousness of the complaint.

The complaint had been forwarded by the Press Council of India (PCI) as the complaint does not fall within the ambit of the Council as it relates to electronic media.

Meanwhile, the NBSA set up by the News Broadcasters Association has been reconstituted, though former Chief Justice and National Human Rights Commission Chairman J S Verma remains the Chairperson.

After the reconstitution on 2 October, the other members are:

Members representing eminent persons category:

1. Nitin Desai, Economist and former Under Secretary General of United Nations

2. Dipankar Gupta, former Professor of Sociology, Jawaharlal Nehru University

3. Mrs Chokila Iyer, former Foreign Secretary, Government of India

4. Dr. S Y Quraishi, former Chief Election Commissioner of India, and former Director General of Doordarshan

Members representing Editors' category:

1. Rahul Kanwal, Managing Editor – Headlines Today

2. Vivek Law, Editor, Bloomberg TV India

3. Ajit Anjum, Managing Editor – News 24

4. Johny Lukose, Director, News – Manorama News

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