Top News Channels in India
News in India is old news!
India is one of the most news-viewing nations in the world with almost 403 news and current affairs TV channels in almost 15 languages. To give a comparison, the total number of TV channels in India in 2016, as stated by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry of the Government of India, was 892 and among them, 403 or almost half were news and current affairs channels.
Here are some of the most popular news channels in India.
1. ABP News
One of the oldest news channels in India, it started as “Star News” in February 1998 and was later renamed ABP News. It started as the first bilingual news channel serving news in both English and Hindi. However, starting in 2003, it has become a complete Hindi news channel. Its headquarters are located in Noida, India.
2. Zee News
Started in 1999 by Zee Media Corporation Ltd., it is one of the oldest news channels in India. It also has a popular slogan, "Soch Badlo, Desh Badlo"(change thoughts, change nation), which is often cited. It is complemented by its sister channels (also part of ZEE), such as Zee Business and Zee 24 Ghanta. The channel is owned by Subhash Chandra, a Rajya Sabha member, and is headquartered in Noida, India.
3. India TV
Started in 2004 by Rajat Sharma, made popular by the TV show "Aap Ki Adalat", and his wife, it is one of the most popular news channels because of its sensationalized way of reporting news. The slogan of the channel is "Aap Ki Aavaz" (voice of public) and in 2018, it was rated as one of the best news channels in India. It is headquartered in Noida, India.
4. Aaj Tak
Launched in 1998, it is also one of the oldest news channels in India. It is considered to be one of the most trusted news channels and has won many awards, such as the Indian Television Academy Awards and Indian Telly Awards. The channel slogan is "Sabse Tez" (Most updated).
5. India News
Launched in February 2008, it is a popular 24-hour Hindi news channel. The channel slogan is "Desh Ki Dhadkan" (heartbeat of the nation). It has several sister channels which complement it by providing region-specific news, such as India News Haryana or India News Rajasthan, or news in other languages, such as NewsX (English) or NewsX Kannada. Its news program "Ardh Satya" (half-truths) has won the prestigious Redink Awards. This channel is owned by Kartikeya Sharma, founder of iTV Network, and its headquarters are located in Noida, India.
6. NDTV India
Launched in 2003 as the brainchild of Prannoy Roy, chairman of New Delhi Television Ltd., it is one of the most popular Hindi news channels. It is complemented by its sister news channels NDTV 24x7, which broadcasts news in English, and NDTV Good Times, which is an infotainment channel.
It was launched in the year 2003. Its headquarters are located in Noida, India.
7. CNN-News 18
Launched in 2005 as CNN-IBN, it was founded by Rajdeep Sardesai, a news anchor, and author, as a news channel that broadcasts in the English language. Currently, it is owned by Network 18 and focuses on Indian regional news. It also works in collaboration with CNN, which provides international coverage for the channel. It is considered one of the best English-language news channels in India. Some of its news programs such as News Epicentre and Faceoff Tonight have become quite popular by presenting debates on current topics. Its headquarters are located in Noida, India.
8. India Today
Started in 2003 and hosted by Rajdeep Sardesai, who also launched CNN-IBN, it is a highly popular English-language news channel. India Today was started as a sister channel to Aaj Tak, which broadcasts news in Hindi. It is one of the four news channels owned by TV Today Network Ltd., part of Living Media, which also prints the India Today magazine. Its headquarters are located in Noida, India.
9. NDTV 24x7
Launched in 2003, it is one of the sister channels of NDTV India and broadcasts news in the English language. It is one of the most popular English-language news channels and has been rated as one of the top ten news channels for the past few years. Its headquarters are located in New Delhi, India.
10. Times Now
Starting in January 2006, with a partnership with Reuters, a famous news agency, it is one of the most watched English-language news channels. The channel stepped into the limelight mostly due to news shows and debates hosted by Arnab Goswami, a highly regarded news anchor. Newshour, hosted by Arnab Goswami, was the longest running news analysis program shown on any channel. It has once featured Parvez Musharraf, the former President of Pakistan. Other shows such as Frankly Speaking with Arnab, have featured well-known personalities, such as Benazir Bhutto, Gordon Brown, Hamid Karzai, Dalai Lama, and Hilary Clinton.