New Delhi: News Broadcasters Association (NBA), the representative body of private television news broadcasters, has elected Ashish Bagga, group chief executive officer (CEO) of India Today Group as president at a board meeting held earlier this week.
Bagga will replace Ashok Venkatramani, chief executive officer of ABP News Network Pvt Ltd, following Venkatramani’s exit from ABP on 4 November. Venkatramani was appointed as the president of NBA in September at the ninth annual general meeting where Bagga was elected as the vice-president.
M.K. Anand, managing director and chief executive officer of Times Network, will now assume the role of vice-president, while K.V.L. Narayan Rao, the newly-appointed group CEO and executive vice chairperson at New Delhi Television Ltd (NDTV) has been elected as the as the honorary treasurer. Times Network is part of the broadcast arm Bennett, Coleman & Co Ltd. Bagga, Anand and Rao also serve as the board members of NBA.
Other board members of NBA include Rahul Joshi, chief executive, news, and group editor-in-chief at TV18 Broadcast Ltd, Rajat Sharma, chairman and editor-in-chief, India TV; Bhaskar Das, group CEO, Zee Media Corp. Ltd; Anurradha Prasad, chairperson and managing director at News24 Broadcast India Ltd and M.V. Shreyams Kumar, whole-time director at Mathrubhumi Printing & Publishing Co. Ltd.
Bagga has been working for the India Today Group since 2001. Prior to being the CEO, he was the additional director of TV Today Network Ltd from August, 2013 till March, 2014. He has also served as the president of Indian Newspaper Society (INS) and the Association of Indian Magazines (AIM) in the past.
Currently, NBA has 23 news and current affairs broadcasters (59 news and current affairs channels) as its members.