The News Channel industry enjoys a vast viewership in India. 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.
To save your precious time, we have listed the top ten News Channels of the year.
10. News X
News X is an English News channel. It focuses on providing viewers with the widest possible spectrum of stories. The debates are intelligent and meaningful. News X has been awarded in the past, for the best investigative story. The prime time show -News at 9, is a must watch.
9. DD News
Seeing the Indian Public Broadcaster service channel in the top news channel list may be surprising for many. But it’s a fact that DD News has some of the purest, reliable and relevant programmes on schedule. It does not indulge in sensationalism and pointless argument
8. India Today TV (formerly–Headlines Today)
It stands high amongst other English News channel for its content. It gives prominence to debates and chat shows on current affairs, sports and entertainment in a balanced way.
7. CNBC TV 18
It is a channel of TV18 group. It’s basically a Business News channel in English. But the smart programming makes it one of the most enjoyable one. For example: the show-Young Turks, is not dull and dry in spite of covering mostly economic news. Surprisingly it has some best shows on technology and automotives: Overdrive and Tech Toyz.
This channel is also part of TV18 group. It’s an English language based, news and current affairs channel. Though the international brand name of CNN is used here, it is an independent news channel. It caters to those viewers who value Information and knowledge above bigotries .It has great morning’s only shows, IBN morning and Breakfast with India.
5. Zee News
Zee news has come a long way from being the sole Indian News channel to competing with channels in Hindi/regional category, which look and sound alike. Though, it still stands out because of its credibility and outreach. Some notable programmes are – Badi Khabar and Mudda Aapka and DNA.
4. Times Now
It covers good discussions and some fiery debates on daily newscasts. Its daily and bi-weekly entertainment and sports programmes are definitely not to be missed. One of its live debate shows –Newshour,is hosted by anchor and editor in chief ,Arnab Goswami,is a huge success.
3. NDTV 24*7
Its run by one of the oldest media houses, under the guidance of Prannoy Roy the renowned and reliable journalist .This channel has instilled that news should be presented with facts and figures and not opinionated .It has on board the likes of Barkha Dutt, Vikram Chandra, and Rajeev Makhni with award winning shows like: Buck Stops Here, The Big Fight, Gadget Guru, Car and Bike show etc.
2. NDTV India
Its one of the finest Hindi language News channel in India. The anchors, right from Nidhi Kulpati to Abhigyan Prakash and Ravish Kumar, present news debates and chat shows in an intelligent and conversational tone. The shows by these anchors namely Prime time and Muqabla are both intuitive and informative.
1. Aaj Tak
It is a free to air news channel and has a steady fan base. Over the years some well known news presenters of this channel have joined rival groups. This has not affected its viewership. Aaj Tak has been voted the Best News Channel for 13 successive years by Indian Television Academy.