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New NBA member Republic TV wants regional & web players in

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MUMBAI: Republic TV seems to have buried the hatchet with News Broadcasters Association and joined the body in what the former calls "in the larger interest of the ecosystem." Republic TV CEO Vikas Khanchandani on Monday morning confirmed the development after the editor Arnab Goswami told Indiantelevision.com that he wanted Khanchandani to speak on the development.

It may be recalled that Republic TV's ratings success, soon after the 6-May launch, was not uneventful. The NBA had written to BARC India not to publish the new channel's data until it's cleared of wrongdoing on allegations of multiple feeds (LCNs). But, Goswami had discounted the importance of NBA, calling it a  "cabal" -- a toothless body now used for lobbying and run by 4-5 people.

However, Khanchandani now tells Indiantelevision.com: "NBA needs to be democratised with wider representation and voice from the various regional news players. We are looking forward to playing an instrumental role to make it an inclusive body. There is also a need and opportunity to expand the canvas  / scope as a leading industry body in the light of ever-increasing consumption of news content over the web."

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