In the year 1982 Doordarshan started its National telecasts. In the same year, color TV was introduced in the Indian market with the live telecast of the Independence Day speech by then PM Indira Gandhi on 15 August 1982, followed by the 1982 Asian Games.
Now we have bouquets of TV news channel in our perusal to update ourselves about current events in and around world. If I have to ask you which TV news channel you watch most, which TV channel you trust most, or which TV news channel you tuning on by default? Answers will be interesting and as is mine. We usually keep our finger on the remote and switching to and fro between channels that suits us. Say it live news of any event or discussion, the urge is to see which TV channel appeal you most.
Much anticipate with the slogan they coin to attract viewer it make them interesting . Few lines are as follows;
India TV- Voice of public –, India news. “Desh ki Dhadkan” –Ajtak Sabse Tez” (English: ‘The Fastest’) DD News : Bharosa Bharat Ka. Headlines Today : “Sharp News for Sharp People” . IBN-7 : “Khabar har keemat par ( News at any cost )” . India News :” Sach Jo Aap Jaanana Chahte Hain” NDTV 24×7 :” Fight for Change. You’ve Got a Friend.” NDTV India :” Khabar Wahi Jo Sach Dikhaye” NewsX :” Clarity in a Complex World” Times Now : “Always with the news” Zee News :” Haqeeqat jaisi Khabar waisi” ABP News : “Aapko Rakhe Aage” CNN IBN : “Whatever it takes”
I used to watch following news channel for following observation;
- Aaj Tak
This is the number one Hindi news channel for years and the with Maximum TRP.
- . NDTV India
If some serious reporting and discussions in a least sensationalized to be watched then NDTV is a must watch TV channel.
- ABP News
ABP group is famous for print journalism and brought that experience in this channel. Content wise they can beat any news channel.
- DD News
If you really want to watch only news and nothing then DD news is always loaded with informative news in traditional style. I always reconfirm any news from this chanel.
- Zee News
I watch it for their Daily News and Analysis program, very informative. One of the oldest news channel in India. Many a times it shows Pro INDIA news.
- India TV
Sensationalised way of presenting news attract me towards India TV. Owned by Apki Adalat fame Rajat Kapoor, one of the oldest name in Indian Journalism. 7. IBN 7
- IBN 7
Average in reporting abut sometimes the presentation is worth watch. Owned by IBN group which ranks among Top 10 Indian News Channels in Hindi.
- News Nation
Many a time when each channel promoting products this channel gives news or documentary, that makes it watchable.
- Sahara Samay
The news presentation sometimes pro- national and report are usual. Neither sensational nor too much slow.Owned by Sahara Group.
- News 24
News 24 is tenth most popular Hindi News channel in India. Its TRP is increasing quite rapidly.
Beside International English channels I used to hooked with the following Indian English news channels;
- Times Now
It always pleasure to watch Arnob Goswami, Times Now which made it one of the most fierce, sensationalised and loudest news channel.
- NDTV 24*7
With Pranay Roy still active and MD as Vikram Chandra, NDTV 24*7 is number is predictve way of news presentation. Very elaborative in many a case.
- Headlines Today
The news channel provide fast news as it Hindi counterpart Aaj Tak, Headlines today ranked among best and most popular English News Channels in India.
- CNN IBN
Jointly owned by CNN and IBN, which was previously managed by Rajdeep Sardesai. One of the quality English News channel in India.
- News X
News X provide popular quality news . Its new but gaining popularity every month.
I love to watch this news anchors and their style of reporting.
- Ravish Kumar – NDTV India
Ravish Kumar is Excutive Senior Editor of NDTV India. He is probably the best news anchor in India. He never get too excited, has tremendous knowledge on most of the topic, straight forward, unbiased and fluent. His introduction in prime time is worth listening where he gave detail about the topic
- Vikram Chandra – NDTV 24 X 7
Vikram Chandra is the executive director and CEO of NDTV Group. He host Gadget Guru and Big Fight on NDTV 24 X 7. I loved his report of Kargil war from ground zero.
- Menaka Doshi – CNBC-TV18
Menaka Doshi is a business news anchor on CNBS TV18. She is one of the most popular Business anchor of India.
- Gaurav Kalra – ESPNCricInfo
Gaurav Kalra is most experienced and one of the top sports journalist of India
- Arnab Goswami – Times Now
Arnab Goswami is the Editor-in-Chief. Famous for his straight forward attitude and fearless attitude when asking questions. He host The NewsHour debate show on Times Now which I like best
- Abhigyan Prakash – NDTV India
Abhgyan Prakash is a news anchor and Executive editor of NDTV India. He host News Point on NDTV India.
- Denzil o’Connell – Headlines Today
Denzil o’Connell is the Entertainment News anchor on Headlines today.
- Rajeev Masand CNN IBN
Rajeev Masand is Entertainmen Critic on CNN IBN. He is one of the top Film Reviewer of India.
- Rajdeep Sardesai
“Journalists are odd people. They become journalists for the oddest reasons!” was his remark at a recent media convention hosted by CNBC TV18. He has been awarded time and again for excellence in media journalism.
- Sudhir Chaudhary
Sudhir Chaudhary host DNA in Zee news channel. . This is family news show because of its informative and clean format. I seldom miss it.
While watching these channels, I came across few facts of their presentation, content and style of reporting which may or may not be influential to their founder/owner. There are few facts for your information;
- Congress health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma’s wife Riniki Bhuyan is the chairperson of News Live and Rang.
- In Karnataka, tourism minister Janardhana Reddy and health minister Sriramulu Reddy own Janashri along with a couple of newspapers.
- Kasturi TV is owned by former chief minister H.D. Kumaraswamy.
- Suvarna TV of the Asianet group is owned by Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrashekhar.
- Sakshi TV is owned by Jagan Mohan Reddy along with NTV and TV5 in Andhra Pradesh.
- Studio N is owned by Narne Srinivasa Rao, a businessman related to N. Chandrababu Naidu.
- Odisha TV is owned by Baijayant Panda of the BJD. Other channels in Orissa are also politician owned.
- Indiavision in Kerala is owned by Muslim League Secretary M.K. Muneer.
- In West Bengal, CPI(M) controls TV-24 Ghanta. Trinamool Congress has Kolkata TV.
- Sukhbir Singh Badal owns PTC and PTC News in Punjab along with PTC Punjabi and PTC Chak De.
Lets have information on politically owned news channels in India.
- Jaya TV
Named after its owner, Jaya TV is owned by Jayalalithaa, the AIADMK chief. She also owns Jaya Max, Jaya Plus and J Movie. She owns all this through the holding company Mavis Satcom Ltd. But she is not alone in Tamil Nadu to own television channels. Congress owns Mega TV and Vasanth TV while Vijayakanth of DMDK owns Captain Tv.
- Sun TV
Even with all this political control of television in Tamil Nadu, the top honors go to DMK chief Karunanidhi’s nephew Kalanithi Maran. He controls Sun TV, Sun News, KTV, Sun Music, Chutti TV, Sumangali Cable, Adithya TV, Chintu TV, Kiran TV, Khushi TV, Udaya Comedy, Udaya Music, Gemini TV, Gemini Comedy and Gemini Movies. Karunanidhi himself owns Kalaignar TV and a close associate M. Raajhendran owns Raj TV and Raj Digital Plus.
Rajendra Dadra, the Minister of School Education of Maharashtra and his brother Vijay Dadra, a Rajya Sabha member, both of Congress, control Lokmat which is the largest selling Marathi newspaper in Maharashtra. The group also owns IBNLokmat in association with the TV18 group
- India News
India News is owned by Karthikeya Sharma, brother of Manu Sharma who was sentenced to life imprisonment in the Jessica Lal murder case. Karthikeya Sharma owns the ITV Media group that operates many news channels including News X. Karthikeya and Manu are sons of Congress leader Venod Sharma.
- News 24
Rajeev Shukla, among other things is the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Planning and the secretary of the All India Congress Committee. He controls News 24 with his wife Anuradha Prasad. They also own Aapno 24 and E24. Interestingly Anuradha Prasad is the sister of BJP leader, Ravi Shankar Prasad.
NDTV is owned by Prannoy Roy. The NDTV group owns NDTV India, NDTV Good Times, NDTV 24×7 and NDTV Profit and other channels. NDTV is known to be sympathetic to communists. The Bengali Roy is married to Radhika Roy whose sister is Brinda Karat a Rajya Sabha member of CPI(M). Brinda Karat is married to Prakash Karat who is the General Secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist).
- Times Now
Times Now is part of the Times group which is a very big media house which operates Times of India, Mid-Day, Nav-Bharath Times, Stardust, Femina, Vijay Times, Vijaya Karnataka and Times Now. Times Group is owned by Bennet & Coleman. The Italian Robertio Mindo who has a share in the group is a close relative of Sonia Gandhi.
It is amazing to note that all channels claim their uniqueness in presentation and reporting. At the same time what they report is a single fact twisted in all possible way to look different. I have listed a few of my favorite hope each one of us have our favorites too.