Published on: November 2, 2022

The News Broadcasting & Digital Standards Authority (NBDSA)

The News Broadcasting & Digital Standards Authority (NBDSA)

Why in news?  

 The News Broadcasting & Digital Standards Authority (NBDSA), a self-regulatory agency set up by news and digital broadcasters, has fined the Hindi TV channel for turning a news debate on hijab into a “communal issue” and not adhering to guidelines.


  • News Broadcasting & Digital Standards Authority (NBDSA) is an independent body set up by the News Broadcasters & Digital Association.
  • It was created to consider and adjudicate upon complaints about broadcasts.
  • It describes itself as “the collective voice of the news, current affairs and digital broadcasters in India.”
  • Grievances : The Authority may initiate proceedings on its own and issue notice or take action in respect to any matter which falls within its regulations.
  • This can also be through complaints referred to the Authority by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting or any other governmental body, or by anyone else via its website
  • A “two-tier” procedure is in place for redressing grievances
  • Membership: The nine-member Authority comprises:
    • A Chairperson, being an eminent jurist
    • Four eminent persons having special knowledge and/or practical experience in the field of law, education, medicine, science, literature, public administration, consumer affairs, environment, human psychology and/or culture; and
    • Four eminent editors employed with a broadcaster.