Top 10 News Channels in India 2021
News channels are a way to stay updated with the latest happenings around us. They can be accessed through many mediums, including cable television or internet streaming. News coverage has become very mainstream and is now found on different screens in most households all over the world. The recent rise of social media news outlets has also made it easier for people to get their daily dose of what’s happening outside their area without having to spend hours each day finding an appropriate outlet that fits their needs best.
News channels have been around for decades, but in the last decade, they’ve expanded their coverage to include a mix of fast headline news and in-depth analysis. You can find 24 hour networks dedicated strictly to politics or international affairs with niche programs that cater specifically to your interests like sports or entertainment gossip. All these different channels offer people who watch them any information they could want at all times–and some even let you get involved too! However, some may not know which one they should trust enough so I’ve compiled a list below:
In this blog post, we will explore the best news channels in India. We will start by discussing what constitutes a “news channel” and then move on to ranking the top 5 Indian news channels as of today.
A simple way to define a “news channel” is any television station that broadcasts breaking stories and information about current events or an ongoing situation in real-time. In order to qualify for our list, each media outlet must have at least two years of continuous broadcasting experience and be available through cable or satellite providers across India.
Top 10 Best News Channels in India 2021
Here are the Top 10 News Channels in India 2021:
- Zee News
- Times Now
- BBC World News
- India TV
- CNN-News 18
- ABP News
- NDTV 24×7
- Aaj Tak
- India Today
- NDTV India
10. Zee News
Zee News is one of the most popular news channels in India that was founded by Subhash Chandra. The headquarters are located at Noida, Uttar Pradesh. Zee News has a network to provide content in 12 languages and it broadcasts for 24 hours from Monday-Saturday and 18 hours on Sunday. Gurbani telecasts every day before the programs start with an opening prayer followed by Hindu prayers (Shanti Mantra) as well as Muslim Prayers.
The channel first aired its Hindi Language edition on 26 May 1999 making it one of the oldest Indian news channels apart from Aaj Tak, NDTV India, Sahara Samay and ABP News among others.
In 2013, there were more than 350 million people who watched the channel on a daily basis.
9. Times Now
Times Now is a 24-hour English news television channel in India. It was the first Indian TV Channel to have an HD version and also has an online presence. Its headquarters are located at Mumbai, Maharashtra
This News Network covers international as well as national news events with updates from bureaus worldwide including New York City, Washington DC., London, Paris etc.
The programs on this network are hosted by Arnab Goswami who is one of the most popular journalists in India today since he presents his show The Newshour which airs weekdays at prime time between 18:00 and 20:30 (IST) when viewership reaches up to 50 million people during its broadcast window according to ABP Group Audience Measurement Survey 2013.
Guests on the show include politicians, intellectuals and media people every day. The program presents live coverage of unfolding events in real-time with reporters on-field at the location of breaking news around India and across world.
8. BBC World News
BBC World News is an international 24-hour English news channel. The headquarters are located in London, England and it was launched on October 22nd, 1995. It provides a mix of breaking news, analysis programs as well as live shows from bureaus around the world including New York City, Washington DC., Beijing, etc.
This network has been broadcasting its US edition since 2007 making it one of the few global television channels to broadcast both internationally and domestically in US for cable viewers. BBC also broadcasts using private satellite which covers different parts of Asia (Indian Subcontinent) meanwhile listeners can hear their radio version via shortwave or DAB+.
7. India TV
India TV is a Hindi-language news channel that was launched in 2003. Its target audience is India, and other countries where people speak the same language.
The headquarters for this network is based at Noida, Uttar Pradesh which houses bureaus like Delhi NCR (National Capital Region), Mumbai Maharashtra or Chandigarh Punjab, etc.
Some of their popular programs include Aaj Ki Baat with Rajat Sharma every day from 18:00 to 19:30 (IST) as well as Kamal Khan who provides an update on current affairs on his show titled Masawat Ka Safarnama between 20:00 and 21:30 (IST). They also have morning shows about women such as Vaidehi Dokha Tha and Beti Padhao which airs on weekdays between 07:00 to 08:30 (IST).
The channel has a viewership of over 250 million people across India as well as the rest of world.
6. CNN-News 18
CNN-News 18 is a 24-hour English news channel in India. The headquarters are located at Noida, Uttar Pradesh and was launched on July 22nd, 2005 as the youngest private TV News Channel of all time.
This network provides breaking news as well as live shows from bureaus across the world including New York City, Washington DC., Beijing etc.
It also has an online presence with two websites that provide international coverage such as CNN IBN (International Broadcast Network) which covers Asia while there’s another one for US viewers called CNN-IBN USA which was formerly known as Headlines Today until 2010 when it changed its name to match other networks’ names around the world. Their flagship show is titled CNN Newsroom which airs weekdays between 18:00 and 19:30 (IST).
5. ABP News
ABP News is an Indian Hindi-language news channel that was launched on October 27th 2003.
Its headquarters are located at Noida, Uttar Pradesh and it broadcasts from 17 bureaus in India which include Delhi NCR (National Capital Region), Mumbai Maharashtra or Chandigarh Punjab etc.
Some of their popular programs include The Newshour hosted by Arnab Goswami who presents international as well as national news events with updates from bureaus worldwide including Washington DC., London, Paris etc. every day between 18:00 to 20:30 (IST) when viewership reaches up to 50 million people according to ABP Group Audience Measurement Survey 2013 plus segments such as Masawat Ka Safarnama where Kamal Khan discusses current affairs on his show.
Their website also offers live updates as well as magazines such as India Today which has been around since 1975 and provides information about socio-political, economic and cultural events in the country.
4. NDTV 24×7
NDTV 24×7 ranks fourth on our list. Owned by NDTV, the channel caters to its audience with fast and wide current affairs coverage. It holds onto their slogan “Experience. Truth first” yet it has only won one award for Best News Channel at the Asian Television Awards and two awards for ITA Award showings in total among various esteemed personalities such as Burkha Dutt until recently being associated with this station who is known from shows like We The People or The Buck Stops Here which have garnered a lot of attention due to people across all age groups watching them both often enough even if they don’t necessarily agree 100% of the time!
3. Aaj Tak
Aaj Tak is an Indian Hindi-language news channel that was launched on June 30th 1999. This network provides the latest in breaking news as well as live shows from bureaus across India and beyond such as Washington DC., Beijing etc.
It also has five websites that provide international coverage such as AajTak International Broadcast Network) which covers Asia while there’s another one for US viewers called AajTak USA (formerly known as Headlines Today until 2010 when it changed its name to match other networks’ names around the world).
Their flagship show is titled The Newshour hosted by Arnab Goswami who presents international affairs with updates from bureaus worldwide including Washington, London, Paris etc. every day between 18:00 to 20:30 (IST) when viewership reaches up to 50 million people according to ABP Group Audience Measurement Survey 2013 plus segments such as Masawat Ka Safarnama where Kamal Khan discusses current affairs on his show.
2. India Today
India Today is an Indian English-language newspaper launched on October 31, 1978 and its flagship show is titled India Today Tonight hosted by Rahul Kanwal with his guests.
This channel has been around since 1975 which provides information about socio-political, economic and cultural events in the country while also offering live updates as well as magazines such as The Caravan Magazine that covers topics from politics to culture to history etc.
In 2011 they published Prime Minister of India: Manmohan Singh’s first book “The Coalition Years 1990–1996” regarding his time working under PM Narasimha Rao during a period when there were many changes taking place at once (especially concerning foreign policy) which was received positively among not only those who had watched it but also among people who had read it as well.
India Today ranks second on our list of the best news channels in India.
1. NDTV India
NDTV India is the first on our list and thus earns its spot as the best news channel in India 2021. It was launched originally back in 1988 with only two hours of programming that has since grown to be 24×365!
In 1999, Prannoy Roy and his wife Radhika Roy conceptualized the Hindi News Channel. The channel grew in popularity as it garnered attention from popular journalists like Ravish Kumar. Their wide viewership has made this a top-rated news network for India’s population of over 1 billion people who speak some kind of Indian language or dialect.
This network provides up-to-date coverage not just for Indian affairs but also international ones such, covering crime-related incidents, breaking economic/political stories etc. News updates are available live online through their website NDTVLive which includes a library of past broadcasts or clips from shows like The Buck Stops Here where Arnab Goswami presents global events while interviewing people who have been directly affected by them.
News channels are struggling in today’s society because of the internet. Commercialized news sites have led to many failing media outlets and with more people turning towards social media for their information, it is difficult for commercialized news sources to keep up-to-date on what’s trending online. This has caused a divide between viewers who want unbiased reporting from those that resort to sensationalizing stories or publishing false facts just so they can get an audience share. However, there will always be some level of distrust among viewers as long as journalists rely too much on government agencies like The CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) which historically had violent agendas such as overthrowing governments during foreign interventions and assassinating domestic leaders whose policies ran counter against U.S interests.
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