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NBA apprises new I&B secretary Sunil Arora with revenue models of news b’casters

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NEW DELHI: The newly appointed Information and Broadcasting Ministry secretary Sunil Arora was today apprised of various issues relating to news broadcasters in a wide-ranging discussion with the News Broadcasters Association (NBA). 

NBA president Rajat Sharma told indiantelevision.com that all issues including the ad cap were discussed with Arora.

The meeting comes soon after the adjournment of the ad cap case to 23 September by Delhi High Court.

This is the first meeting of the new secretary who took over on 31 August, 2015.

Issues relating to carriage with multi system operators (MSOs) and local cable operators (LCOs) and revenue models for growth of the industry were also discussed. 

The delegation led by Sharma comprised NDTV’s Narayan Rao, Ashok Venkatramani of ABP News, Anuradha Prasad of News 24, Ashish Bagga of India Today, A P Parigi of Network 18 and NBA secretary general Annie Joseph.

Special secretary J.S. Mathur was also present in the meeting. 

The delegation also apprised the secretary about the initiatives taken by the broadcasting industry in the direction of self-regulation which includes working of News Broadcasters Standards Authority (NBSA), an independent authority set up by NBA and the two tier mechanism of complaints redressal relating to news channel followed by them. 

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