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Logo of IBN7
Launched 2006
Network Broadcast television and online
Owned by Network 18
Picture format 4:3 (576i, SDTV)
Slogan "बेबाक बेखौफ"
Country India
Language Hindi
Broadcast area India
Headquarters Noida, India
Formerly called Channel 7
Sister channel(s) CNN-IBN
Website IBNKhabar.com

IBN7 (Indian Broadcast Network) is a Hindi news television channel in India owned by IBN18 Broadcast Limited, a subsidiary of Network 18 Ltd. The channel is backed by a strong workforce of news professionals in India and is led by Padma Shri Rajdeep Sardesai.[1] The channel also boasts some of the leading journalists and an editorial team that has names like Rajdeep Sardesai,Sanjeev Paliwal, Richa Anirudh, and MK Jha.

Recently, the Managing-Editor of IBN7 Ashutosh has left the group to join Aam Aadmi Party.

IBN7 has launched several initiatives like IBN7 Diamond States Awards, IBN7 Super Idols, Zindagi LIVE Awards, Citizen Journalist Awards, Young Indian Leaders, Guru Shishya Awards etc.


IBN7 was launched on 15 August 2006. With a tag line of ‘khabar, har keemat par’, the channel was the outcome of a merger between Channel 7, promoted by the parent company of an established Hindi newspaper, Dainik Jagran and CNN. Global Broadcast News then acquired Channel 7 fron Jagran TV Pvt Ltd. and rebranded it as IBN7.[2] The channel has set its bureaus in every state capital and broadcasting centres in Delhi and Mumbai, also gets news from other channels of Network18 - such as political news from CNN-IBN, business news from CNBC-TV18, and the consumer angle from CNBC Awaaz. The year 2006-07, the company entered the Hindi news space by acquiring a strategic stake in the holding company of the erstwhile Channel 7.[3]


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.[4]

Raghav was hailed as a Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum.[5] He was also selected by Ernst & Young as 'Entrepreneur of The Year (2007) for Business Transformation'.[6] 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).[7]

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).[8]

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’.[9]

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.[10] 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.[11]

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.[12]

Sanjeev Paliwal

Sanjeev Paliwal is the Executive Editor with IBN7.[13] He is a veteran in TV Journalism with over 25 years of experience. He was instrumental in launching 4 news channels (BITV, AAJ TAK, DD NEWS & IBN7). He has produced events like Gujarat earthquake, 9/11 attack, Afghan war, Iraq war, attack on Indian parliament, inauguration of Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus service, attack on Ram Janmabhoomi, Varanasi bomb blast, etc. He launched and anchored India's best breakfast show in the country SUBAH SAVERE Doordarshan in 1999. When AAJ TAK was launched, he presented the channel's morning show for around three years. His magical moment was when in May 2004 after General Elections Sonia Gandhi refused to become Prime Minister of India.[14]

At IBN7, besides leading a team of news professionals to innovate new ideas to present news, Sanjeev also conceptualizes talk shows like Mudda and Zindagi LIVE. He also presents news Live on Prime Time and has anchored the channels award shows like Diamond State Awards, Citizen Journalist Awards and many more. Before switching over to television, he worked in the print medium for five years including major Hindi dailies like Dainik Jagran, Amar Ujala and Aaj between 1989 and 1994. He is a Graduate having studied Political Science, Economics and Maths.

Sandeep Chaudhary

Sandeep began his journey into this unknown area with documentary film making. He graduated from the prestigious Sri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) in Economics (Hons) and did his Masters from Delhi University. The anchor of the much popular current affairs show, Mudda, on IBN7, the talk show that made Sandeep Chaudhary famous. He has conducted most of his shows live, for the last several years, without a single break. For someone who could not make it to the civil services, journalism seemed to be the next best thing to go for. Be it business, national happenings, international developments, economics or anything, Sandeep has the spirit to handle it with ease.[15]

Samir Abbas

Samir Abbas’s association with IBN7 has been for the past 8 years. He is currently the Associate Executive Producer & Prime-time Anchor.[16]

His journey with journalism began 12 years ago when he joined JAIN T.V. in 2001 as a News Anchor & Reporter. After this he worked with Aaj Ki Baat (aired on Star Plus & Star News Channel) and in Chunav Ki Baat (on DD News) as a team member of Rajat Sharma's Independent News Services and a reporter.

With the formation of India TV Samir got the opportunity to polish his Anchoring skills as well. After nearly a two-year experience with India TV, he moved to be a part of Channel 7 (now IBN7) in Feb 2005.[17]

Smita Sharma

Smita Sharma is an Associate Foreign Editor/Prime Time Anchor with IBN7. She has been associated with the channel since its launch in 2005. She has worked with ANI-Reuters and National Broadcaster Doordarshan News earlier.[18]

Over the last nine years, Smita has actively reported on National Political developments and Foreign Policy & International Affairs. She covers Jammu and Kashmir affairs closely.

Smita has been nominated for the prestigious John Doherty Fellowship in Australia and Edward R Murrow Exchange Program in the United States. She is fluent in English, Hindi, Bengali and Nepali.

Richa Anirudh

Richa Anirudh is a prime time Indian news anchor for IBN7. Richa, as a host of Zindagi Live – the famed emotion filled talk show which brings to surface the victims of circumstances who challenged the adversities and conquered at the end, has given a new mode of telling real stories to the viewers.

The year of 2004 introduced a milestone to Richa Anirudh when she was pointed out as one of the 12 Best Anchors of the Indian News Channels of the generation next by Pitch magazine. Her Show Zindagi Live on IBN7 has four times won the best talk show award by indiantelevision.com and twice has won the Laadli Media Award for gender sensitivity given by UNFPA.[19] In the successive year of 2005, another beguiling episode entered Richa’s life when she was conferred with “Best Anchor’s Award” by Ekta Mission. Richa Anirudh truly is an ideal example of a successful woman who never looks back, and endeavors to create history on her own, in her own buoyant manner.[20][21]

Richa has recently won Aadhi Abadi Women Achievers Awards 2012.[22]

Rajeev Masand

Rajeev Masand is an Indian film critic and entertainment reporter for IBN7. 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 rose fast, and the milestones along the way include several leadership positions such as Assistant Editor at The Indian Express, Special Correspondent and Film Critic at STAR News, and Entertainment Editor and Film Critic at CNN-IBN. Rajeev is perhaps the only entertainment journalist in the country to have had 2 eponymous film shows – Masand Ki Pasand (on Star News) and Rajeev Masand Ki Pasand (currently on IBN7) – which redefined the rules of how a TV film critic connects to his audience.[23][24][25]

This section will talk about the program hosts, news anchors, correspondents and contributors appearing on the channel.

Awards and Recognition[edit]

News Television (NT) Awards[edit]

Indian Television Dot Com Pvt. Ltd. constituted the News Television Awards to honour the people who make this industry what it; it confers awards to achievers across English, Hindi, Telugu and Marathi news channels.[26]

NT Awards 2013[edit]


  • Best News Talk Show (Hindi): Zindagi LIVE – Gujarat Riots; (fifth award in a row)

Zindagi Live explores and tackles a wide range of issues and subjects that affect people from all walks of life. This episode was on the Gujarat riots and its repercussions wherein the team travelled to Gujarat to meet some of the victims of the riots.[27]

  • Best Auto Show (Hindi): Top Drive

Top Drive is an auto show which not just informs but also educates its viewers enabling them to make better choices when they go out to buy their car or bike.

  • Best Entertainment News Show (Hindi): 2G


  • Best Set Design (Virtual) (Hindi): Dreamz Unlimited (Budget 2012- Touchscreen)


  • Super Idols

This edition of Super Idols awards honoured achievers with special abilities who have soared beyond physical challenges and conventional barriers to realize their chosen dreams.

NT Awards 2012[edit]

  • Best News Talk Show in the Hindi news category: Zindagi LIVE (Women Fight Back)

This episode presented stories of women who stood up against their molesters and society and dared to change the rules of the game.

Rajeev Masand was awarded the best entertainment critic for his show Rajeev Masand Ki Pasand.

NT Awards 2011[edit]

  • Best Promo Campaign – Budget 2010 – Dreamz Unlimited
  • Best News Talk Show (Hindi) - Zindagi LIVE (Child Sexual Abuse)

NT Awards 2010[edit]

  • Best News Talk Show (Hindi) - Zindagi LIVE (84 Riots)
  • Best Investigative News Report – Hindi (NREGA KA NARK)

Investigative report on the central government's flagship job guarantee scheme NREGA for rural population. Reporter Mausami Singh traveled to Madhya Pradesh's and unearthed a nexus between govt employees and panchayat people siphoning off funds sent by centre in the name of NREGA.

NT Awards 2008[edit]

  • Best News Talk Show (Hindi) - Zindagi LIVE (Family of Suicide Victims)
  • Best Crime Show – Hindi (Criminal)
  • Best Investigative News Report – Hindi (Maya)[28]

exchange4media News Broadcasting (ENBA) Awards[edit]

Exchange4media formulated these awards in 2008 with the objective of recognizing the best in Television news, to reward broadcasters and industry leaders who are responsible for shaping the future of Television Broadcasting in India.[29]

ENBA 2013[edit]

  • Best talk show-Hindi: Zindagi Live[30]
  • Best News coverage-International-Hindi: Ground Zero Bangladesh[31]
  • Best Website-Hindi :IBN Khabar

ENBA 2012[edit]

  • Best in show graphics: Budget 2012[32]

ENBA 2010[edit]

  • Best Promo Campaign - Zindagi LIVE

LAADLI Awards[edit]

The Laadli Media Awards for Gender Sensitivity acknowledges and celebrates the commendable efforts by various media at providing gender-just perspectives, portrayals and analysis programmes, policies, social trends and behaviors.[33]

Laadli Awards – 2013[edit]

  • Best Hindi Feature for "Surrogate Maa"
  • Best Reporting for "Trauma of Two Finger Test"
  • Best Investigative News Feature for "Yahan Lagi Hai Dulhan Ki Mandi"

Laadli Awards – 2010[edit]

  • Best Topical/ Issue Based Program (Zindagi LIVE)

Laadli Awards – 2009[edit]

  • Topical/ Issue Based Program (Zindagi LIVE)[34]

Promax/BDA Awards[edit]

The PromaxBDA Awards recognizes excellence in on-air promotion, branding and advertising.[35]

Promax/BDA Awards 2008[edit]

  • Best Public Service Announcement: Child Sexual Abuse PSA

Promax/BDA Awards 2009[edit]

  • Something for Nothing: AIDS PSA[36]

Indian Television Academy (ITA) Awards[edit]

The Indian Television Academy (ITA) Awards is an annual event organised by the Indian Television Academy in which awards are presented in various categories, including popular programming, best television channel, technical awards etc.

ITA Awards 2012[edit]

  • IBN7 Super Idols- ITA special laurel
  • Zindagi Live (Godhra)- Best News/Current affairs show

ITA Awards 2010[edit]

  • Best News Talk Show of the Year – Zindagi LIVE (1984 Riots)[37]
  • Best Investigative News Report of the Year – NREGA scheme

List of programs on IBN7[edit]


A prime time show on IBN7 that analyses and discusses the biggest national agenda of the day. It gives you an expert view point, going beyond the obvious and giving newer insights and perspectives on the news that matters the most.[38][39]

Danke Ki Chot Par

Danke Ki Chot Par is the flag-ship news bulletin of IBN7. Anchored by Sandeep Chaudhary this show encapsulates all the big stories of the day, with facts shown in a fearless and whatever it takes attitude.[40][41]

Zindagi LIVE

Zindagi LIVE is an award-winning talk show that brings forth the inspiring stories of ordinary people, who have battled adversities and chosen life over defeat. Hosted by Richa Anirudh, the show invites people to share their experiences and relive their intimate stories for the viewers to relate to and understand from the perspective of those who have experienced it first.[42][43]

Citizen Journalist

Citizen Journalist features individuals who have made a difference in the lives of others or are fighting a brave battle against some existing anomaly in the system. The show aims to seek active participation from citizens and bring their fight for justice on a larger public forum. A CJ is one who has the potential to be an inspiration for a larger audience through the show.[44][45]

Rajeev Masand Ki Pasand

On Rajeev Masand Ki Pasand, Rajeev Masand turns the spotlight on the latest reviews of all movies from Bollywood to Hollywood and catches up with your favourite Bollywood star.[46][47]

Teekhi Baat Prabhu Ke Saath

On Teekhi Baat Prabhu Ke Saath, media person interviews the who’s who of the political arena and other renowned people from varied walks of life.[48][49]

Other Platforms[edit]

IBN7 is accessible to its viewers not only through television but through various other platforms. IBNKhabar, the website of IBN7 is a Hindi news portal with latest happenings from India covering all aspects from politics, sports, world news, business, health, entertainment to films & technology.[50][51]

The channel also reaches out to its audience through social media like facebook and twitter.

Impactful Stories[edit]

Gonda CMO Adduction Case

IBN7 reporter on the Gonda CMO abduction case which directly resulted in the main accused Vinod Kumar Singh, Uttar Pradesh minister for revenue & rehabilitation, resigning from his post.[52][53]

Gehlot Story

IBN7 did an exclusive story on the Rajasthan Chief Minister’s alleged involvement in illegal allotment of sandstone mines to his relatives and near & dear ones. This issue resonated in parliament, forcing Chief Minister himself to set an enquiry to probe the matter.[54][55]

UPSC Controversy

IBN7 took up the issue of the controversial Union Public Service Commission Notification making proficiency in English a requirement for IAS aspirants. The extensive coverage of the subject sparked a huge national debate, following which many other channels also picked up the story.[56][57]

Illegal Construction

In the wake of the recent Mumbai building collapse incident that resulted in at least 74 deaths, IBN7 did an exclusive story, exposing rampant illegal construction going on in a transit camp area meant for the homeless and refugees. As a result of which 37 policemen involved got suspended & a case got registered against them for dereliction of duty.[58][59]


IBN7 had travelled to the remotest corners of the state such as Kanker, Balod and Dhamtari all predominantly tribal districts & highlighted the pitiable condition of the state’s education system. An intensive & in depth investigation of the districts of North Bastar exposed the trauma & plight of adivasi students living there. IBN7 documented first-person accounts of students who have been shunned and punished for being raped.[60][61]

New Initiatives[edit]

On December 16, India has been shaken by the brutal gang-rape and subsequent death of a young woman in the heart of the nation’s capital. The incident happened because the auto driver refused the couple to go to their destination leading which they boarded the bus.

In an attempt to know the nuances of the current scenario, IBN7 launches a campaign called ‘Nai Dilli Banao’. This campaign aims to explore and highlight the loopholes of the system in place.[62]

There are two phases of this campaign. Started in January 2013, the first phase highlights bigger issues of Delhi every fortnight. The 2nd was continued for 15 days from June 14 and highlights Delhi's area wise progress such as community / society parks, water supply, roads etc.[63]

Incidents with reporters[edit]

Corporate Social Repsonsibilty (Awards)[edit]

As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility, IBN7 initiated a host of Awards in which it recognizes and felicitates people who have gone through various struggles in life and despite their adversities have achieved a great deal. Some of these awards are as follows:

Zindagi LIVE Awards

Zindagi Live Awards is a salute to the undying hope and tenacity of those who refuse to give-in to adversities. The awards have derived their inspiration from 'Zindagi Live', an award winning talk show that features on IBN7. These awards are given to people who have put up a brave fight in the face of extreme circumstances and choose to embrace the zeal of life. These are people who have faced numerous hurdles, battled with insurmountable situations and stood up against all social taboos and stigmas.[64][65][66]

Citizen Journalist Awards

Promoting the principle of Inclusive Journalism, the Citizen Journalist Awards honour individuals who are determined to uncover the truth, expose injustice, change the system, and in the process, help create a better India for themselves and their countrymen.[67][68]

Super Idols

Super Idols Awards are about honoring achievers with special abilities who have soared beyond physical challenges and conventional barriers to realize their chosen dreams. These are stories, which will truly inspire you while making you look at life with an appreciative paradigm. Super Idols Awards are conferred across spheres like Art, Culture & Entertainment, Business & Self Achievers, Education, National Service & Rehabilitation, Sports and Lifetime Achievement.[69][70]

See also[edit]

Attack on CNN IBN offices



  1. ^ Network18 Website on IBN7
  2. ^ IBN7 launched in 2006
  4. ^ Management team of CNN-IBN
  5. ^ Global Leader of Tomorrow by WEF
  6. ^ Raghav Bahl is named the business transformation entrepreneur of the year
  7. ^ Raghav Bahl was conferred upon the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy
  8. ^ Background of Raghav Bahl
  9. ^ ‘S U P E R P O W E R? The Amazing Race Between China’s Hare and India’s Tortoise
  10. ^ Rajeep Sardesai's profile on CNN-IBN
  11. ^ Top Indian Journalists
  12. ^ Rajdeep Sardesai, Editor in Chief of IBN18
  13. ^ Sanjeev Paliwal as executive director
  14. ^ IBN7-Hindi News Channel
  15. ^ Sandeep Chaudhary's Profile
  16. ^ Samir Abbas on IBN7
  17. ^ Samir Abbas gets best anchor award
  18. ^ Smita Sharma's Profile
  19. ^ 'Zindagi Live' celebrates the spirit of achievement
  20. ^ Zindai LIVE by Richa Anirudh
  21. ^ Richa Anirudh is an Indian prime time news anchor
  22. ^ Aashi Aabadi Award
  23. ^ Rajeev Masand on IBN7
  24. ^ Rajeev Masand Reviews
  25. ^ About Rajeev Masand
  26. ^ News Television Awards
  27. ^ NT Awards 2013 Winners
  28. ^ IBN7 bags NT awards
  29. ^ ENBA Awards
  30. ^ "ENBA 2013: NDTV 27x7, Aaj Tak adjudged News Channels of the Year". exchange4media.com. Jan 18, 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  31. ^ http://ibnlive.in.com/news/network18s-cnnibn-ibn7-sweep-enba-awards-2013/446297-3.html
  32. ^ ENBA 2012
  33. ^ LAADLI Awards
  34. ^ Laadli Awards
  35. ^ About PromaxBDA Awards
  36. ^ Best Public Service Announcement: Child Sexual Abuse
  37. ^ CNN-IBN, IBN7 shine at Indian Television Academy Awards
  38. ^ Agenda show
  39. ^ Agenda with Ashutosh
  40. ^ Danke ki chot par
  41. ^ IBN7 rules the Prime time band
  42. ^ IBN7 announces sixth season of Zindagi LIVE
  43. ^ IBN7 announces second edition of Zindagi LIVE Awards
  44. ^ IBN7′s show ‘The Citizen Journalist Show’ completes 200 episodes
  45. ^ CNN-IBN and IBN7 to salute citizen journalists’ efforts on October 16
  46. ^ On the small screen
  47. ^ Rajeev Masand Ki Pasand
  48. ^ 94.3 MY FM partners with IBN7
  49. ^ Prabhu Chawla’s Teekhi Baat now on My FM
  50. ^ IBN7 launches Hindi news portal, IBNkhabar.com
  51. ^ launches Hindi news portal, IBNkhabar.com
  52. ^ Gonda 'abduction' case: CMO, DM, SP transferred
  53. ^ Gonda 'abduction' case: UP govt transfers CMO, DM, SP
  54. ^ Sand mining scam: Uproar in Rajasthan Assembly, Opposition asks CM to quit
  55. ^ Rajasthan sand mining scam: Opposition asks CM to quit
  56. ^ IBN7 IMPACT: Controversial UPSC Notification Put On Hold
  57. ^ Controversial UPSC notification put on hold
  58. ^ Mumbai illegal constructions sting: Senior police official suspended
  59. ^ IBN7 Impact: Illegal Construction Exposed in Mumbai
  60. ^ IBN7 Impact: Darinde
  61. ^ IBN7 to Expose horrors in Chhattisgarh’s remotest corners
  62. ^ IBN7 Starts ‘Nayi’ Dilli Banao Campaign
  63. ^ ‘NAYI’ Dilli Banao Campaign
  64. ^ About the Awards
  65. ^ IBN7 Zindagi LIVE Awards honours 8 fearless women
  66. ^ IBN7 Zindagi Live Awards celebrates human spirit
  67. ^ IBN Network presents 5th edition of Citizen Journalist Awards
  68. ^ IBN Network honours agents of change with CJ Awards
  69. ^ IBN7 & Bajaj Allianz salute the ‘Super Idols’ of India
  70. ^ IBN7 Super Idols honours India’s para-athletes
  71. ^ a b c d e "BBC Poll: Trust in Media - Countries". Globescan.com. Retrieved 2010-07-17. 

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