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Logo of CNN-IBN
Launched 16 December 2005
Network CNN
Owned by TV18 (NBCUniversal and Network 18)
Turner International India
Picture format 4:3 (576i, SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Slogan "Whatever it takes".
Country India
Language English
Broadcast area India
Headquarters Noida, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Uttar Pradesh
Sister channel(s) IBN7

CNN-Indian Broadcasting Network (CNN-IBN) is an English-language news and current affairs television channel based in Noida, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Uttar Pradesh. It is jointly owned by TV18 Broadcast Limited (joint venture between NBCUniversal and Network18) and Turner International India (Time Warner Incorporated).[1]

CNN provides international coverage for the channel, while Indian Broadcasting Network concentrates on Indian and local reports.[2]

The channel, like most of the other Indian English news-channels, is known for using a type of Indian English influenced by Hindi.[3]


Like elsewhere in the world, CNN International only reached the urban elites in India. In order to reach the Indian masses Time Warner together with an Indian company- Global Broadcast News (currently TV18 Broadcast Limited)- launched the India-specific CNN-IBN on 16 December 2005. CNN-IBN is completely run by TV18 Broadcast Limited, which only uses the Cable News Network (CNN) brand name.[4]

Currently, Time Warner's India-specific CNN-IBN is watched by more people than its CNN International, although both channels are in English.[4]

According to Network 18, since its inception, the channel has been reaching out to an average of 45 million households every day.[5]


CNN-IBN has a number of program hosts, news anchors, correspondents and contributors who appear daily on the channel.

Raghav Bahl

Raghav Bahl is the Controlling Shareholder and Managing Director of Network18. Raghav began his career as a management consultant with A.F. Ferguson & Co. followed by a stint with American Express Bank before he launched TV18, his production house. Winner of the Sanskriti Award for Journalism in 1994, he has over 24 years of experience in television and journalism. He founded TV18 (now Network18 Group) in the year 1993.[6]

Raghav was described as a Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum.[7] He was also selected by Ernst & Young as 'Entrepreneur of The Year (2007) for Business Transformation'.[8] Raghav has been awarded the AIMA award for the Media Person of the Year in 2011 and BMA recognized him as the ‘Entrepreneur of The Year (2011). He has been conferred with the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (D.Phil), Honoris Causa by Amity University, Uttar Pradesh (2011).[9]

Raghav has been instrumental in crafting successful Joint Ventures with media giants like CNBC, NBC Universal, Viacom, Time Warner, Forbes, A&E Networks and GS Homeshopping (Korea).[10]

An Economics graduate from St. Stephens College, he has done his MBA from the University of Delhi.

Raghav has also authored the book ‘S U P E R P O W E R? The Amazing Race Between China’s Hare and India’s Tortoise’.[11]

Rajdeep Sardesai

Rajdeep Sardesai is the Editor-in-Chief, IBN Network that includes CNN-IBN, IBN7 and IBN-Lokmat. He comes with over 22 years of journalistic experience, during which he has covered major national and international stories, specialising in national politics. Prior to setting up the IBN network, he was the Managing Editor of both NDTV 24X7 and NDTV India and was responsible for overseeing the news policy for both the channels.[12] He has also worked with The Times of India for six years and was the city editor of its Mumbai edition at the age of 26. He has won numerous awards for journalistic excellence, including the prestigious Padma Shri in 2008, the International Broadcasters Award for coverage of the 2002 Gujarat riots and the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award for 2007.[13]

His flagship show on CNN-IBN, India at 9, was awarded the Best News Show at the Asian Television Awards, 2010. He has been ‘News Anchor of the Year’ at the Indian Television Academy for seven of the last eight years. He has also been the President of the Editors Guild of India, the only television journalist to hold the post and was chosen a Global leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum in 2000. An alumnus of St Xavier's College, Mumbai, he has done his Masters and LLB from Oxford University, and has also played first class cricket for the Oxford University team. He has contributed to several books and writes a fortnightly column that appears in several newspapers.[14]

Sagarika Ghose

Sagarika Ghose is an Indian journalist and author with over 18 years of experience in journalism. With CNN-IBN since 2006, she has been a prime time anchor and Deputy Editor covering politics extensively. Her flagship show, Face the People is a hard, provocative show where she addresses a current issue and puts it to the test with a panel and gauges public mood.[15][16]

Prior to working with CNN-IBN, Sagarika worked with publications like The Times of India, Outlook Magazine and The Indian Express. In 2004 she became the first woman to anchor the popular BBC programme ‘Question Time India’. Sagarika received her Bachelor's degree in History from St. Stephen's College, Delhi. A recipient of the Rhodes scholarship, she also gained a Bachelor's in Modern History from Magdalen College and an M.Phil from St Antony's College at Oxford.[17][18]

Suhasini Haider

Suhasini Haider is the Deputy Foreign Affairs Editor and a prime time anchor with CNN-IBN.[19] Suhasini hosts ‘World View’, CNN-IBN’s signature show on International Affairs.[20] She is a regular columnist on Indian Foreign Policy and Strategic Issues for various national dailies. Over the course of her 17-year career, Suhasini has covered stories and conflicts from the most diverse regions including Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Libya, Lebanon and Syria. In India, she has covered the external affairs beat for over a decade and her domestic assignments include in-depth reportage from Kashmir. In 2011 she won the Indian Television Academy - GR8! Award for 'Global News Coverage', and the ‘ENBA Award' for Best Spot News Reporting from Libya.[21] In 2010, she won the 'Best TV News Presenter' in News Television Awards. Suhasini is the only journalist to have interviewed the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his family, a show that won the prestigious Indian Television Academy award as 'Best Chat show' for the year.[22]

Anubha Bhosle

Anubha Bhosle, is a Senior Editor and Senior Special Correspondent. She has reported equally from the sub-zero battlegrounds of Kargil and the quaking grounds of Gujarat. She has been the face of ‘The Citizen Journalist Show’ on CNN-IBN since its inception. She is a Post Graduate in Social Communication from Sophia College, Mumbai and has done her Bachelors in Journalism from Delhi University.[23][24][25]

Karan Thapar

Karan Thapar is a Senior Anchor and Journalist with CNN-IBN. Trained as a correspondent, producer, editor and presenter with London Weekend Television in the United Kingdom, where he worked for programmes as varied as Weekend World, The World This Week, The Business Programme, The Walden Interview and Eastern Eye, he has both the most varied and the most in-depth knowledge and experience of television current affairs programme.[26] Karan anchors The Last Word, a first-of-its-kind daily debate show on Indian television, where Karan discusses the everyday news. Devil’s Advocate is another show on which Indian and international stalwarts from various walks of life are questioned by Karan Thapar.[27][28]

Rajeev Masand

Rajeev Masand is a film critic and the Entertainment Editor for CNN-IBN. He has had an accomplished media career spanning 16 years covering the Indian entertainment industry. A graduate from Mumbai University, Rajeev started reporting at the age of 16 at The Times of India. He held several key positions such as Assistant Editor at The Indian Express, Special Correspondent and Film Critic at Star News to name a few. He also pushes the envelope of innovation on Now Showing on CNN-IBN, which is characterized by tremendous interactivity, viewer participation, online communities, and user-generated discussion.[29][30]

Karma Paljor

Karma Paljor has been a journalist for over 11 years. Having started with The Times of India in Mumbai, he moved to CNBC-TV18 in 2001. Apart from covering national and political stories for the channel, Paljor also anchored the breakfast show on CNBC-TV18. He bagged the Chevening Scholarship for Broadcast Journalism in 2004. Paljor also did a half-hour programme on the problems plaguing the aviation sector in India in 2006, following which the civil aviation ministry suggested several changes including, an overhaul of infrastructure at Air Traffic Controls across India. Apart from various daily news shows, Paljor anchors India Positive, a show that showcases stories of courage, hope, harmony and peace.[31][32][33]

Smitha Nair

Smitha Nair is currently the Mumbai Bureau Chief and a prime-time anchor with CNN-IBN. Prior to this, she was a special correspondent, Political Bureau. A graduate in Economics/Commerce along with a Post Graduate diploma in Journalism, Smitha was a CNN Journalism Fellow in the year 2009. She loves books, sports and cinema. If she wasn't a journalist, she says she would have been a constitutional lawyer or a filmmaker.[34][35][36]

Cyrus Broacha

Cyrus Broacha is a TV anchor, theatre personality, political satirist, columnist and author. He is also a stand-up comedian and prankster, best known for his show The Week That Wasn't on CNN-IBN, a show that lightens up your weekends with pun-a-minute approach. The show is a 30 minute spoof on the major news events of the week.[37][38]

Palki Sharma

Palki Sharma Upadhyay is Senior Desk Editor in CNN-IBN. She is also news anchor in CNN-IBN in the afternoon time slot.

Bhupendra Chaubey

Bhupendra Chaubey started his career with NDTV, Bhupendra Chaubey has been a journalist for the past 12 years. A graduate in Mathematics and post graduate in films, Bhupendra has been among the finest political journalists of his generation having covered two general elections and assembly elections of all states. He is amongst those journalists who depend more on their ground political awareness supplementing it with academic awareness of issues that confront the nation. Besides conducting the exclusive interviews, he is a regular face on India @9.[39][40][41]


The channel has been a ‘thought leader’ and has started several initiatives that include CNN-IBN Indian of the Year, Real Heroes, Citizen Journalist Awards, Young Indian Leaders, India Positive Awards, State of the Nation (channel’s flagship bi-annual poll), to name a few. CNN-IBN is the first news channel in India to have introduced the concept of ‘Citizen Journalism’, which encourages citizens to send in their reports/views on issues important to them.[42]

Awards initiated by CNN-IBN[edit]

CNN-IBN hosts a number of awards that recognize those individuals who have brought about a change in society or have overcome obstacles and risen in the face of adversity. There are different awards that honour people across various fields and from various strata of society.[43] These awards include 'CNN-IBN Indian of the Year', 'Real Heroes', 'Young Indian Leaders', 'Citizen Journalist Awards', and 'India Positive Awards'.

CNN-IBN Indian of the Year:

This unique initiative by CNN-IBN is about recognizing the Indians whose contribution to the country in a calendar year has strengthened the foundation of our society and has helped build Brand India in the process.[44]

Real Heroes:

This path breaking initiative of TV18 in partnership with Reliance Foundation is about recognizing and acknowledging those brave and selfless citizens of our country who have worked unconditionally towards making the society a better place to live in.[45]

Young Indian Leaders: This editorial initiative is about celebrating the achievements of young Indians from various walks of life, who demonstrate exceptional leadership and symbolize optimism of the country.[46]

Citizen Journalist Awards:

Built on the principles of inclusive journalism, this path-breaking initiative is about recognizing the efforts of individuals who dared to fight injustice and uncover the truth with the determination to create a better tomorrow.[47]

India Positive Awards:

India Positive Awards recognize and honour those optimistic and inspirational endeavors of everyday Indians who are doing their bit to bring about a positive change in our society.[48]


  • IBN Morning: a quick wrap-up of top stories from the previous day on key topics[49][50]
  • Breakfast with India: a morning rolling news summary[51]
  • IBN News: a general news bulletin with live news updates[51]
  • IBN Sports: discusses and analyzes sports stories, results and performances, in India and abroad, hosted by Sanjeeb Mukherjea and Meha Bhardwaj[52][53]
  • Good Afternoon India: a mid-day news review[54]
  • Devil’s Advocate: news analysis hosted by journalist Karan Thapar, with some of the thinkers and newsmakers of the week. The show has received NT Awards and Asian Television Awards.[55][56]
  • News 360: a news bulletin covering top stories, including national, regional, international, business, sports and entertainment news[57][58]
  • The Last Word: news analysis and discussion[27][59]
  • India at 9: primetime news show, with stories from politics, sports, business, and entertainment from India and abroad, with analysis by Rajdeep Sardesai, Editor-in-Chief, IBN Network.[60][61]
  • Face the People: an interactive show hosted by Sagarika Ghose, where she puts a current issue to test with a panel of subject experts and gets public opinion.[62][63]
  • Late Night Edition: news bulletin that wraps up the important news of the day, with analyses of their possible impact[51][64]
  • World View with Suhasini Haidar: hosted by Deputy Foreign Affairs Editor, Suhasini Haidar, a weekly analysis of top international stories, with a view on how India is affected by them, with analysis by foreign policy thinkers for debate on topical issues.[65][66]
  • The Citizen Journalist Show: a show promoting the involvement of ordinary citizens who are directly impacted by the issues on the ground in the entire news gathering process[51][67]
  • The Week That Wasn’t: a 30 minute spoof on the major news events of the week. The show looks at the major stories of the week with a satirical tone. The host is Cyrus Broacha.[68][69]
  • Now Showing: Bollywood news and gossip about Bollywood films, hosted by Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand
  • Living It Up: a series on health and wellness, with lifestyle information, including stories on preventive measures, healthy lifestyle and healthy food[70][71]
  • India Positive: hosted by Karma Paljor, the series showcases positive stories and acts in India[72]


Commonwealth Games Contract[edit]

On August 5, 2011 Comptroller and Auditor General of India's report on XIX Commonwealth Games was tabled in Parliament of India. In section 14.4.2 of the report, CAG alleged that while awarding contracts worth Rs 3.78 crore for production & broadcasting of commercials for promoting CWG-2010 to CNN-IBN & NDTV, the Commonwealth Games Organizing Committee followed an arbitrary approach. Proposals were considered in an ad hoc manner, as and when a proposal was received; no form of competitive tendering was adopted. The CAG further said in its report that, "We had no assurance about the competitiveness of the rates quoted by these channels and the need and usefulness of these proposals. From March 2010 to June 2010, the entire pre games publicity and sponsorship publicity was done only on NDTV & CNN-IBN."[73][74][75]

Fake Twitter comments[edit]

A controversy about some fake Twitter comments that ran on the screen during a news show raised questions about the reliability of instant feedback from viewers. The officials later apologized saying that the source of viewer comment was wrongly stated as Twitter.[76]

Fake Live debate[edit]

On November 2012, on its prime time show Face The Nation, the channel broadcast a pre-recorded interview of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar as a live television debate. The show was hosted by the deputy editor of the channel, Sagarika Ghose, the wife of the channel's editor, Rajdeep Sardesai. On public outcry, the anchor issued a public apology on Twitter, web and TV.[77][78][79] The episode has not been hosted on the show's homepage.[80]

Firing crew[edit]

In August 2013, TV18 fired nearly 400 people from their various offices including CNN-IBN as a part of restructuring.The company however declined to further comment on the issue.[81]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ Network18 Website on CNN-IBN
  2. ^ Philip Seib. The Al Jazeera Effect: How the New Global Media Are Reshaping World Politics Potomac Books, Inc., 2008.
  3. ^ Ulrike Rohn. Cultural Barriers to the Success of Foreign Media Content: Western Media in China, India, and Japan Peter Lang, 2009 p. 278-279
  4. ^ a b Ulrike Rohn. Cultural Barriers to the Success of Foreign Media Content: Western Media in China, India, and Japan Peter Lang, 2009 p. 278-279, 293
  5. ^ CNN-IBN reaches out to 45 million households every day
  6. ^ Management team of CNN-IBN
  7. ^ Global Leader of Tomorrow by WEF
  8. ^ Raghav Bahl, is named the business transformation entrepreneur of the year
  9. ^ [ Raghav Bahl was conferred upon the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy]
  10. ^ Background of Raghav Bahl
  11. ^ ‘S U P E R P O W E R? The Amazing Race Between China’s Hare and India’s Tortoise
  12. ^ Rajeep Sardesai's profile on CNN-IBN
  13. ^ Top Indian Journalists
  14. ^ Rajdeep Sardesai, Editor in Chief of IBN18
  15. ^ Sagarika Ghose invites team anna
  16. ^ Question time india
  17. ^ Sagarika Ghose Columns
  18. ^ Being There -Sagarika Ghose
  19. ^ Suhasini Haider, Deputy Foreign Editor, CNN-IBN
  20. ^ Suhasini Haider on World View
  21. ^ Suhasini won Indian Television Academy - GR8! Award
  22. ^ Suhasinin Haider interviewed Dr. Manmohan Singh
  23. ^ Anubha Bhosle's Blog
  24. ^ Anubha Bhosle won the Best TV News Reporter award
  25. ^ CNN IBN to focus on digital presence of Citizen Journalist
  26. ^ About Karan Thapar
  27. ^ a b CNN–IBN presents the ‘The Last Word’ with Karan Thapar
  28. ^ Karan Thapar on CNN-IBN's Devil's Advocate
  29. ^ Rajeev Masand, CNN-IBN 3/5 "spoilers"
  30. ^ Rajeev Masand's profile
  31. ^ Karma Paljor on IBNLive
  32. ^ Karma Paljor's Uttarakhand Diaries
  33. ^ Karma Paljor
  34. ^ Smitha Nair's news
  35. ^ Young Professional of the Year 2011
  36. ^ CNN-IBN completes 7 winning years
  37. ^ Cyrus comes to town
  38. ^ Cyrus Broacha on DNA
  39. ^ Bhupendra Chaubey on IBNLive
  40. ^ Bhupendra Chaubey - Money Control
  41. ^ India @ 9 with Bhupendra Chaubey
  42. ^ Idea backs cnn-ibn's citizen journalist initiative
  43. ^ CNN-IBN prepares for Indian of the Year Awards
  44. ^ Indian of the Year
  45. ^ CNN-IBN Real Heroes honours extraordinary services of ordinary women
  46. ^ Honouring the young Indian leaders
  47. ^ About the Citizen Journalist Awards
  48. ^ Inspirational people felicitated at India Positive Awards
  49. ^ 10 on 10 for CNN-IBN
  50. ^ CNN-IBN retains position among top 10 English News Genre
  51. ^ a b c d CNN-IBN Shows
  52. ^ CNN-IBN & IBN7 gear up for ICC Champions Trophy 2013
  53. ^ Couch Talk Episode 43 with Gaurav Kalra, CNN IBN Sports Editor
  54. ^ Good Afternoon India
  55. ^ CNN IBN Devils Advocate Dalai Lama on China, retirement
  56. ^ When the Devil’s Advocate has the Last Word
  57. ^ All the news no views
  58. ^ CNN-IBN rejigs primetime programming
  59. ^ Last Word with Karan Thapar
  60. ^ CNN-IBN India’s Best News Channel is also Asia’s Best
  61. ^ India at 9
  62. ^ Face the people
  63. ^ I don't want to see Modi as the PM in 2014: Amartya Sen
  64. ^ Late Night Edition
  65. ^ World View with Suhasini Haidar
  66. ^ More about Suhasini Haidar
  67. ^ The CNN-IBN citizen journalist show - Be the change!
  68. ^ Interview: Cyrus Broacha On The Week That Wasn’t
  69. ^ The Week that Wasn't
  70. ^ 'Living it Up' returns on CNN-IBN
  71. ^ Live It Up again with CNN-IBN
  72. ^ India Positive
  73. ^ "CAG Report on XIX Commonwealth Games". Comptroller & Auditor General of India (Pdf). 
  74. ^ "CAG blames top media houses in Commonwealth Games Scam". News of Delhi. 
  75. ^ "Games contracts to media houses arbitrary and biased: CAG". India Today. 
  76. ^ Priscilla Jebaraj (2010-12-19). "". Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  77. ^ Twitter
  78. ^ "Face The Nation: A clarification and an apology". November 10, 2011. Retrieved November 21, 2011. 
  79. ^ "CNN-IBN 'small' apology to Sri Sri". November 11, 2011. Retrieved November 21, 2011. 
  80. ^ "Face the Nation Shows Videos-Watch Most viewed videos of Face the Nation : IBNLive". CNN-IBN. Retrieved 2011-12-23. 
  81. ^ Layoffs at TV18 group | Business Standard

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