Top 10 News Channels of India



The Indian Media has seen strong growth over the past few years and emerged as one of the industries holding huge potential for further growth. The sector has mainly been driven by improving the level of awareness in the Indian citizens towards the burning issues creating an alertness amongst every individual which is the need of the hour. Here is a list of the top news channels of the country which have been successful in the past few years focussing on the major issues of the nation and the world, thus, narrowing the gap between the citizens and the Government. These channels provide every individual with the latest news about politics, sports, entertainment, education and every other issue.

  • Aaj Tak

  • Aaj Tak is a 24-hour Hindi news television channel owned by TV Today Network Ltd. Aaj Tak loosely translates as “Till Today” or “Up to the Minute”. Watched by some 45 million viewers in India’s cable and satellite universe, Aaj Tak is one of India’s largest privately owned news channels. Aaj Tak was free-to-air channel till 2006 in India, while it offered as a pay channel in the overseas market. In the United States, it is available on EchoStar’s DISH Network.

  • India TV

  • India TV (Independent News Service Pvt Ltd) is a Hindi news channel based in Film City, Noida, India. It is a news channel that has appealed to the Indian masses for its unique style of presentation that is targeted at the common man and not at the elite unlike most news channels. It has been criticized by the print media for its ‘in the face reporting’ however television viewers have lapped it up and the channel’s market share shows the shift in the viewer preference from mundane to loud.

  • Star News

  • STAR News is the Hindi language news channel of STAR TV based in Mumbai. The channel is a co-production of STAR Group (subsidiary of News Corporation) and ABP Pvt. Ltd. It presents a mix of rolling entertainment bulletins and specialized shows covering topics from crime to Cricket. STAR News launched on November 15, 1991, was at first a Bilingual English/Hindi News Service, and was initially run in partnership with NDTV. But when the agreement, with the NDTV expired, STAR News was transformed into a English-Hindi entertainment service. The Channel is sometimes accused of being partial towards Party Indian National Congress.

  • Zee News

  • Zee News, the news and current affairs channel, is the oldest channel of Zee News Ltd, founded in 1992. It was the first 24-hour Hindi current affairs and news channel in India. In spite of being the only pay channel in its genre, it maintains its position among the top Hindi news channels in the country. Zee News Ltd (ZNL) is a part of Essel Group which operates news and regional entertainment channels and is listed on stock exchange. It was demerged from Zee Entertainment Enterprises ltd in 2006.

  • NDTV India

  • NDTV is an Indian commercial broadcasting television network founded in 1988. It was founded by Prannoy Roy, an eminent journalist and current chairman and director of NDTV Group. NDTV currently has more than 1,000 employees producing news from over twenty locations in India. NDTV is an acronym for the original name of the company, New Delhi Television. New Delhi Television is among India’s top broadcasters and has twenty-three offices and studios across the country. Its three national news channels NDTV 24×7, NDTV India (Hindi) and NDTV Profit (Business news) form the core of the company. Each year the channel also gives the NDTV Indian of the year awards.

  • IBN 7

  • IBN-7 (Indian Broadcast Network) is a Hindi news television channel owned by Network 18 Ltd based in Mumbai. IBN-7 (Hindi) – formerly Channel 7 was acquired from Jagran TV, owned by the Dainik Jagran group of companies, in 2006 and rebranded IBN-7. IBN-7 is the Hindi news channel of IBN18 Broadcast Limited, which is part of Network 18, India’s growing media conglomerate. A team of experienced reporters all over India & Well known news anchors like Ashutosh, Darain Shahidi, Sanjeev Paliwal, Sandeep Chaudhry and Samir Abbas are its strength. IBN-7 is from the same stable as CNN-IBN, English news channel and is led by Rajdeep Sardesai and supported by Ashutosh, the Managing Editor of the channel. Global Broadcast News Ltd. (GBN) owns the channel.

  • DD News

  • The Doordarshan News, usually referred to by its abbreviation as the “DD News”, is a state-owned TV news channel telecasting from Doordarshan Kendra Delhi. The Prasar Bharati Board approved the proposal to start a 24-hours news channel in place of DD Metro. This was subsequently approved by the Union Cabinet in its meeting held on October 3, 2003. Consequent to these decisions, DD-News channel was launched on November 3, 2003 by converting DD-Metro into a 24-hours news channel. Its terrestrial reach is 21.6% by area and 44.9% by population of the country.

  • Sahara Samay

  • Sahara India Pariwar is an Indian multi-business conglomerate with diversified business interests that include financial services, housing finance, mutual funds, life insurance, city development, real estate activities, print and television media, film production, sports, information technology, health care, tourism, hospitality and consumer products. It owns the New IPL team Pune Warriors India and also sponsors the Indian Cricket and Hockey teams.

  • Live India

  • Live India is an Indian Hindi TV channel owned by Broadcast Initiatives Ltd., focusing on news and commentary. It was earlier known as Janmat, when it was focused on “views”; now the channel is sometimes called Live India (Janmat). In a Rs.400 million upgrade in August 2007, it opened news bureaus at Lucknow, Srinagar, Chandigarh, Bhopal, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Bhubaneswar, Kolkata and Guwahati as well as its earlier offices at Mumbai and Delhi. Sudhir Chaudhary is the CEO of Live India.

  • ETV Network

  • ETV Network is one of the largest networks of satellite television channels in India and is owned by the media baron Ramoji Rao. Based at Hyderabad, this network runs a group of 12 regional language news and entertainment channels. Initially launching a Telugu channel the network has later diverisfied into other Indian languages such as Bengali, Urdu, Kannada, Gujarati, Oriya and Marathi. With 12 channels in regional languages of India, ETV has the largest news-reporting network in India, at the grassroot level. 4 Hindi channels for Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Rajasthan, and regional entertainment channels in Telugu, Kannada, Bangla, Oriya, Marathi, Urdu, Gujarati – and a 24-hours news channel in Telugu constitute the bunch of ETV Channels.

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