News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA) has directed news channel Times Now TV to air an apology for making objectionable comments against activist Sanjukta Basu in a debate in 2018. The NBSA, in its order, asked the channel to air the apology on October 27 at 9 pm.
According to broadcasting authority, the news channel ran a defamatory programme about the social activist on April 6, 2018. The channel referred to her in its shows as Hindu hater and said that she was a part of Congress leader Rahul Gandhiâ€™s troll army.
The order also said that Times Now TV did not contact to get author's version and also did not check the facts before broadcasting the show, thereby violating the associationâ€™s guidelines.
The authority asked Times Now to air the following message: "We regret that in the programmes aired on 6.4.2018 â€“ â€˜India Upfrontâ€™@ 8 pm and â€˜The NewsHour Debate'@ 9 pm on Times Now channel, we had not taken the version of the complainant Ms Sanjukta Basu, thereby violating the principles relating to impartiality and objectivity and ensuring neutrality and fairness in reporting. We clarify that there was no intention to bring disrepute to Ms Sanjukta Basu."
NBSA has also asked the news channel to submit the apology telecast CD with date and time within one week of airing. Further, the new channel has to share the order with the media, members of the Broadcasters Association.