New Delhi, Sep 05, 2018 : National Broadcasting Standard Authority (NBSA) has ordered Republic TV to issue an on-air apology for the derogatory comments made by its anchor and editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami, in a broadcast, earlier in January.
The independent body, issued an order to the channel on 30 August, based on a complaint by A Singh.
In his complaint, Singh claimed that he was wrongly accused of harassing a Republic TV reporter during Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani’s ‘Hunkar Rally’, in New Delhi’s Parliament Street.
Singh said that the channel had used a visual of him and called him a “vulgar thug”, “pervert”, “goon”, “sexist”, “hyena” and “anti-Indian”.
The body directed that Republic TV issue an apology before Goswami’s flagship programme on Friday, 7 September. It said that the apology should be issued “in large-size font with clearly audible voice-over expressing regret.”
NSBA has also asked Republic TV to submit the proof of compliance in a CD.
"NBSA was of the view that the use of words like “I am going to show these crude, lewd hyenas / show the dirty faces of news cheap, vulgar, sexist, pervert anti-India goons” by Mr Arnab Goswami who was anchoring the programme, while the channel focused on the face of the complainant (by marking his face by a circle of red dots) from among the persons at the rally venue who allegedly threatened / harassed its female news reporter, was totally unwarranted and unjustified and the same was in violation of the Broadcasting Standards." - National Broadcasting Standards Authority
The broadcasting authority observed that errors by Republic TV must be corrected promptly and clearly whether in the use of pictures, a news report, a caption, a graphic or a script.