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News Broadcasters Association President Rajat Sharma
News Broadcasters Association President Rajat Sharma

Coronavirus: News Broadcasters Association's tips for social distancing

  • NBA has directed journalists to not crowd around individuals to collect sound bytes
  • All reporters and camerapersons, who are out in the field among public, should not come to office

NEW DELHI: The News Broadcasters Association has issued directions to ensure social distancing amid the spread of coronavirus, as media falls under essential services and broadcast offices cannot be shut down.

The association said steps should be taken to minimise staff in broadcast offices and employees who can work from home should opt for it. All reporters and camerapersons, who are out in the field among public, should not come to office but send their news feeds directly to ingest through proper channels, NBA president Rajat Sharma said.

The NBA has directed journalists to not crowd around individuals to collect sound bytes. Journalists should maintain a distance of at least four feet from one another while holding their microphones in pursuance of the World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines.

It has also urged the Delhi government to earmark parking spots for vehicles of news organisations so that they do not return to their offices.

The association also said all member news channels must telecast special programmes to create awareness among public about precautions to be followed to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.

The NBA is a private association of different current affairs and news television broadcasters in India. Established in 2007, it aims to deal with ethical, operational, regulatory, technical and legal issues affecting news and current-affairs channels.

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