News is generally a piece of information that a viewer or listener receives through different communication mediums such as radio, TV, the Internet, and newspapers. In today’s critical scenario, it is a privilege that we can get alerts and the freshest updates within a few clicks.
The communication and broadcasting media is working 24×7 to provide the citizens with live accurate news from all over the world. The Indian news reporters are the warriors who are trying their best to entertain us during the pandemic situation. So, let’s take a look at the top 10 News Channels in India according to their foundation years.
List of Best News Channels in India :
ABP News, formerly known as Star India, is the oldest news channel of India established on 18th Feb 1998. It is owned by the ABP Group and has its headquarters in Sector 60, Noida. It also has its offices and printing areas in Calcutta, Siliguri, Berhampore, Durgapur, and Barasat. The news channel follows the tagline “Aapko Rakhe Aage” and is the first bilingual live news channel of India.
ABP News is administered by an executive team including Dhruba Mukherjee (CEO), Pradipta Biswas (VP Finance), Suman Banerjee (VP HR), Pramod Dabke (VP Advertising), and R Rajagopal (Editor). It is managed by the top news anchors such as Sumit Awasthi, Rubika Liyaqat, Pratima Mishra, Neha Pant, Kumkum Binwal, Akhilesh Anand, Shobhna Yadav, and Romana Isar Khan.
Some of the programs popular among the audience include Master Stroke, Saas, Bahu Aur Saazish, Namaste Bharat, Samvidhan ki Shapat, Panchnama, and Matrubhoomi. You can subscribe to the channel on Airtel Digital TV(309), Tata Sky(504), Dish TV(650), Sun Direct(133), d2h(310), and Siti Cable(302). ABP News also has its own YouTube channel and streams live on HotStar as well.
Zee News channel, founded on 27th August 1999, is a Hindi news channel in India. It is working under the ownership of Essel Group and is managed by Subhash Chandra (chairman) and Sudhir Chaudhary (CEO). Zee News, now known as Zee Media Corporation Limited, has it’s headquarter in Noida, Uttarpradesh.
Its subsidiary channels include Zee Business, Zee Hindustan, Zee 24 Taas, Zee 24 Kalak, Zee Salam, Zee Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Bihar Jharkhand, UP, MP, Odisha, Himachal, and Uttarakhand, and Zee 24 Ghanta. The news channel also has its application called Zee5 and an English Newspaper titled DNA (Daily News and Analysis).
Zee News channel has a dedicated team of news anchors and reporters such as Sudhir Chaudhary, Aditi Tyagi, Sachin Arora, Aditi Awasthi, Rahul Sinha, Sheerin Sherry, Aman Chopra, and Mimansa Malik. They cover all varieties of news like current and world affairs, sports, tech, business, and entertainment. Some of the popular programs include News 360, Taal Thok Ke, Deshhit, Zee Adhyatm, Bollywood Breaking 20-20, and News for Hearing Impaired. You can subscribe to the news channel on Dish TV (651), d2h (302), Tata Sky (511), Sun Direct (574), Airtel Digital TV (311), Siti Cable (303), and Reliance Digital TV (408).
AAJ TAK is standing tall in the media industry for the last 19 years. It started its news channel on 31st Dec 2000 under the leadership of Living Media Group and is one of the most popular news channels in India. It is jointly managed by Aroon Purie and Surendra Pratap Singh and abides by its tagline that is “Sabse Tez” which means fastest of all.
The News channel has its headquarters in Noida, UP, and studio in Mumbai. It has competent news anchors that include Anjana Om Kashyap, Shweta Singh, Sayeed Ansari, Rajdeep Sardesai, Chitra Tripathi, and Sanjeev Chauhan. The team works together 24/7 and delivers news reports covering various sectors such as recent happenings, state issues, tech updates, and celebrity gossips with 100% accuracy.
Some of the top programs include Seedhi Baat, Halla Bol, Dangal, Daily Horoscope, Desh Tak, and Nonstop100. The News channel is available on TataSky (508,509), Dish TV (655), Airtel Digital TV (313,314), d2h (303), Siti Cable (304), and Reliance Digital TV (406). AAJ TAK has also received the best news channel award at the ITA (Indian Television Academy) Awards.
NDTV News Company came into existence through the joint efforts of Prannoy Roy (CEO) and Radhika Roy (MD) and has its headquarters in New Delhi. In 2003, they decided to establish a Hindi news channel and named it NDTV India. It is managed by Ravish Kumar and functions under the ownership of New Delhi Television Limited. In 2019, Ravish Kumar was awarded the Raman Magsaysay Award for his tremendous contribution to journalism.
The news channel has a large team of anchors and news reporters that focus on providing accurate and less sensational news all day and night. Some of the famous reporters include Manish Kumar, Nidhi Kulpati, Akhilesh Sharma, Puja Bharadwaj, Neeta Sharma, Aditi Rajput, Ravish Ranjan Shukla, and Himanshu Shekhar Mishra.
Some of the popular shows of NDTV include Prime Time, Reality Check, Afwah Banam Haquiqat, Desh Pradesh, Sawaal India ka, and The Car Bike Show. It also runs an English news channel named NDTV 24×7 and has a branch known as NDTV Spice in the UK. You can subscribe to the news channel on Dish TV (659), d2h (305), Tata Sky (506), Sky Cable (127), and Airtel Digital TV (317).
India Today, formerly known as Headlines Today, is an English News channel that came into existence on 7th April 2003. It functions under the ownership of TV Today Network Ltd and has its headquarters in Noida, UP. It is one of the most popular English news channels in India and focuses on the current world, economic affairs, movies, sports, health, and technology.
India Today news channel has a strong management committee comprising of directors (Rajdeep Sardesai and Rahul Kanwal), and Editors (Shiv Aroor, Chaiti Narula, and Gaurav Sawant). Its team of top news anchors includes Preeti Chaudhary, Ankit Tyagi, Nabila Jamal, Sushant Mehta, Pooja Shali, and Akshita Nandagopal.
Some of its highly watched shows include Burning Questions, India’s Agenda, To the Point, and In Da Club. You can watch this news channel on Sun Direct (557), Dish TV (763), Tata Sky (606), Airtel Digital TV (372), d2h (357), Reliance Digital TV (455), Siti Cable (429), and Asianet Digital (424). India Today news channel has also received several ITA and ENBA Awards for its excellence in news reporting.
India TV is a famous Hindi news channel that started on 20th May 2004 through the joint efforts of Rajat Sharma and his wife Ritu Dhawan. The news channel has its headquarters in Noida, UP, and functions under the ownership of Independent News Services Private Ltd. It strictly abides by its tagline “Aap ki Aawaaz” which means Voice of the people and delivers accurate and to-the-point news.
The news channel is managed by Rajat Sharma along with Saurav Sharma, Jyoti Mishra, Archana Singh, Pankaj Bhargav, Surbhi Sharma, and Meenakshi Joshi. It covers the newest news from various sectors like health, sports, tech, business, lifestyle, and entertainment.
Some of the popular programs include Jagiye Subah ho Gaye, Yeh Video Viral Hai, Runyuddh, and Aaj ki Baat Rajat Sharma ke Saath. You can subscribe to this news channel on Tata Sky (514), d2h (315), Dish TV (653), Airtel Digital TV (315), Sun Direct (586), and Reliance Digital TV (410).
News 18 India, previously known as IBN7 and Channel 7, is a news channel started in 2005 and operated by Network 18. The news channel has its headquarters in New Delhi and is managed by the founder and editor Raghav Bahl. It has various channels under its ownership in regional languages like Gujarati, Kerala, Bangla, Assam, Kannada, Bihar, and Punjab.
News 18 India has a strong team of anchors and reporters like Amish Devgan, Arpita Arya, Prateek Trivedi, Kishore Ajwani, Preeti Raghunandan, and Hareem Farooqi. A list of popular shows includes Sau Baat ki Ek Baat, Katcha Chitta, Aaj ki Taaza Khabar, Mudda Garam Hai, Aar Paar, Sulajhte Sawaal, and Danke ki Chot Par. You can watch it on Dish TV (663), Tata Sky (519), Sun Direct (550), d2h (306), and Airtel Digital TV (319).
CNN News18 is an English news channel founded by Rajdeep Sardesai on 18th Dec 2005. It has its headquarters in Noida, UP, and Gautam Budh Nagar, and has its broadcasting network in India and Abroad. It is functioning under the joint ownership of Network18 and Warner Media and includes an indirect control of Reliance Industries. The news channel is one of the top three popular English news channels in India.
CNN News18 involves a team of competent news anchors such as Rajeev Masand, Cyrus Broacha, Manav Sinha, Marya Shakil, Arubha Bhonsle, Zakka Jacob, and Bhupendra Chaubey. Some of the most-watched shows include News 360, Epicenter Tonight, The Crux, Viewpoint, Faceoff Tonight, Now Showing, and Tech and Auto Show. You can find the news channel on Indian cable connections like Kerala Vision (123) and Asianet Digital (423).
News 24 is a 24×7 Hindi news channel started in 2007 and managed by Anuradha Prasad(CEO of BAG Films and Media Ltd.). The news channel has its headquarters in Noida, UP, and focuses on various sectors like education, production, sports, gadgets, automobiles, and entertainment. It also has a slogan called “Think First” and includes a subsidiary news channel known as E24.
News24 includes some of the prominent news anchors like Mayank Gupta, Sakshi Joshi, Sandeep Chaudhary, and Anuradha Prasad. Some of the popular news shows include Sabse Bada Sawal, Kalchakra, 4Bje 40 Khabar, Rastra ki Baat, Mahaul Kya Hai, Sabse Bada Sawaal, and 10 ki Discovery. You can subscribe to this channel on Dish TV (661), Tata Sky (516), Sun Direct (550), d2h (313), and Airtel Digital TV (325).
Republic TV, also known as R-Bharat, is the newest Hindi news channel established on 6th May 2017 and is operating under Asianet News and ARG Outliner Media. This news channel is co-founded by Arnab Goswami and Rajeev Chandrasekhar and has its headquarters in Mumbai, Maharashtra. It abides by the tagline “You are the Republic, We are just your voice”, and is extremely popular among Indian news viewers.
The news channel is well known for its aggressive reports that offer strong, debatable, and sensational news. They believe in uncovering the truths and unfair practices with accurate proofs. Some of the famous news reporters of Republic Bharat include Arnab Goswami, Shweta Tripathi, and late Vikas Sharma. It delivers some of the most viewed shows like Debate with Arnab, R News, and Biggest Story Tonight. You can search for it on Tata Sky (616), d2h (360), Dish TV (771), Airtel Digital TV (376), Siti Cable (301), Asianet Digital (96), YouTube, and HotStar.
The news channels in India focus on covering all kinds of news like sports, tech, gadgets, gossips, political, economical, current affairs, health, and crime sector. Every news channel tries to gather more viewership and maintain its position on the TRP charts. However, to stay on top the authenticity of the news must not be compromised. As Bill Gates says, “Headlines, in a way, are what mislead you because bad news is a headline, and gradual improvement is not.”