In a vast country like India, Media plays a major role in shaping the societies thoughts. What was being done by newspapers and radio in the initial days are being done by Televisions and Internet today. The impact of television media is great in India. Here, The News Channel industry enjoys a vast viewership and people keep up with the latest happening through these. These channels cover varied issues ranging from national to international, economic to social, entertainment to technology and the latest sporting seasons. Some channels give due coverage to current news and affairs which are more relevant, while others simply play on loop stale news to gather TRPs. Based on TRP and Viewer-ship ratings, here is the list of top 10 most popular Indian news channels and the countdown follows.
10. Sahara Samay:
It is a Hindi-language 24/7 News television channel, owned by Sahara India Pariwar. The channel is free-to-air and launched on 28 March 2003. The channel is India’s first celebrity-driven TV Commerce channel. The channel is the first celebrity teleshopping network. Its headquarters is located in Noida, India.
It is an Indian cable and satellite news television channel, which is owned by TV18. Formerly it was “Channel 7”. The channel was launched on 15 August 2006 with tagline “khabar, har keemat par” and relaunched on 19 October 2014 with the new tagline “Hausla Hai”. It has its headquarters located in Mumbai, India. In February 2015, IBN-7 marked its position in the top three Hindi news television channels.
8. Zee News:
It is Indian news and current affairs channel founded in 1999 and is the flagship property of Zee media Corporation Company. It is one of the oldest news channels in India owned by Subhash Chandra. It works on the slogan “Sochh Badhlo, Desh Badhlo”. Its headquarters is located in Noida, India. Its sister channels include Zee Business, Zee 24 Taas, 24 Ghanta etc.
7. News Nation:
News Nation’s test signal started in October 2012 and has been on air since 14 February 2013. It is a Hindi-language news channel focusing on delivering pure news content to Indian masses. Its headquarters is located in Noida, India. Its sister channel include News Nation Uttrakhand.
6. DD News:
Doordarshan News, usually referred to by its abbreviation as DD News, is India’s only 24-hour terrestrial TV news channel. It is owned by Prasar Bharati. It was launched on 3 November 2003. It still brings news in traditional style and has a huge user base mostly in villages. It has some of the purest, reliable and relevant programmes on schedule. It does not indulge in sensationalism and pointless arguement. Its sister channel includes include DD Sports, DD National, DD Metro, DD India and DD Bharati.
5. India News:
It is a 24-hour Hindi news television channel in India, launched in 11 February 2008. It is owned by Kartikeya Sharma and operated by ITV Network. Its motto is “Desh ki Dhadkan”. Its headquarters is located in Noida, India. Its sister channel is Indian news Haryana. Its program Ardh Satya bagged the prestigious RedInk awards. Its sister channel includes NewsX.
4. NDTV India:
It is a Hindi news channel in India that is owned by New Delhi Television Limited. NDTV was the brainchild of its Chairman, Prannoy Roy and his wife Radhika Roy. It was launched in 2003. Its headquarters is located in New Delhi. It is one of the least sensationalized Hindi News Channel in India. Its sister channels include NDTV 24×7, NDTV Good Times and NDTV Profit.
3. ABP News:
It is one of the oldest news channels of india. It was formerly called “Star News” and was launched on 18 February 1998. From 2003 it became a complete Hindi news channel. It was the first bilingual (English – Hindi) news service in India. It is currently owned by ABP Group. Its headquarters is located in Noida, India. Its sister channels include ABP Majha, ABP Ananda and Sananda TV.
2. Aaj Tak:
It is a 24-hour Hindi news television channel owned by TV Today Network. Aaj Tak loosely translates as “Till Today” or “Up to the Minute”. It was launched in 31 December 1998. Its motto is “Sabse Tez”. Its headquarters is located in Noida, India. According to recent survey Aaj Tak is the most trusted news channel in India. It has also won many awards like Indian Television Academy Award, Indian Telly Award etc.
1. India Tv:
It tops among 10 best news channels in India in 2018. It is a Hindi news channel based in Noida, India. The channel was launched on 20 May 2004 by Rajat Sharma and his wife Ritu Dhawan. The channel is the flagship service of Independent News Service. Its motto is “Aap ki Aavaz”. It is famous for its sensationalised way of reporting.