The News Broadcasting Standards Authority has directed television channels Aaj Tak, Zee News, News 24 and India TV to comply with its order to issue an apology for its insensitive reporting and sensationalised reporting of actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death, Live Law reported on Saturday.
The authority has found them in violation of its guidelines and asked the channels to apologise to viewers on air. On October 6, NBSA had said that the text, date and time of the apology will be given to the broadcasters.
Now, the authority has directed Aaj Tak to air an apology on October 27 at 8 pm and pay a fine of Rs 1 lakh for attributing fake tweets to the actor and reporting them as his last tweets. The channel had later deleted the tweets and taken down the supporting story.
“The broadcaster should have conducted its due diligence and verification prior to telecasting/uploading…