Times Now says it will not air anything defamatory to Bollywood, settles lawsuit

The Times Network on Tuesday said that its news channel, Times Now, will not publish or air anything that was defamatory to the Hindi film industry. This came after four film industry associations and 34 producers filed a lawsuit in October against Republic TV and Times Now and a few of their anchors, for “irresponsible, derogatory and defamatory remarks” against the film industry.

In a joint statement with the Producers Guild of India, Times Network said they were “pleased” to confirm that they have settled the matter and that the application for settlement along with consent terms is pending to be accepted by the Delhi High Court.

The statement added that Times Now will abide by the programme code under the Cable Television Network (Regulation) Act, according to the consent terms. “With the matter settled, the plaintiffs and The Times Group can look forward to building on their historically cordial relationship,” the statement added.

The four film associations and 34 production houses which had filed the suit involved such toplist names as Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, and Akshay Kumar. They sought a permanent injunction against Times Now and Republic TV “from carrying on reportage and publication of material that violates applicable laws”.

The suit had sought a direction to Republic TV, its editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami and reporter Pradeep Bhandari, Times Now, its editor-in-chief Rahul Shivshankar and group editor Navika Kumar, and unknown defendants as well as social media platforms to refrain from making or publishing allegedly irresponsible, derogatory and defamatory remarks against Bollywood.

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