New Delhi: News Broadcasters Association (NBA), the representative body of private television news broadcasters on Thursday elected Ashok Venkatramani as president at its ninth annual general meeting. Venkatramani is the chief executive officer of ABP News Network Pvt. Ltd, which operates a clutch of news channels.
Venkatramani has been serving NBA as the vice president since 2014 and will replace Rajat Sharma, chairman and editor-in-chief of India TV, currently at the helm of NBA. Sharma will continue to be a board member of the association.
The board also elected Ashish Bagga, group chief executive officer (CEO) of India Today Group as vice-president and M. K. Anand, managing director and chief executive officer at Times Network, as the honorary treasurer. Times Network is part of the broadcast arm Bennett, Coleman & Co Ltd. Bagga and Anand currently serve as the board members of NBA.
Other board members of NBA include K. V. L. Narayan Rao, executive vice chairperson at New Delhi Television Ltd (NDTV), Rahul Joshi, chief executive, news, and group editor-in-chief at TV18 Broadcast Ltd, Bhaskar Das, group CEO, Zee Media Corporation 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.
Venkatramani, who also chairs the sales and HR committee of NBA, has been with ABP News Network Pvt. Ltd since 2008. Prior to that, Venkatramani was the vice president and business head for the consumer goods firm Unilever in India. He served Unilever for 18 years before moving to ABP group.
Currently, NBA has 23 news and current affairs broadcasters (59 news and current affairs channels) as its members.