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.