IBN-Lokmat

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IBN Lokmat (Marathi: आयबीएन लोकमत Āyabī'ēna lōkamata) is a Marathi-language news channel based in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. IBN-Lokmat - a 24-hour Marathi News and Current Affairs Channel. It is a joint venture between Network 18 and Lokmat Group, which runs the most read Marathi newspaper, Lokmat.[1]

IBN Lokmat was launched on 6 April 2008, the Gudi Padwa day. The channel is headed by Nikhil Wagle, a veteran Marathi journalist and former editor of Marathi daily Apla Mahanagar.

IBN-Lokmat will embark on the principle of delivering news with the spirit of ‘Chala, Jag Jinkuya!’ (Literally meaning, ‘Let’s conquer the World).

'Aajcha Sawal', a daily discussion show and 'Great Bhet', a weekly interview show with famous and well known personalities from different fields are two of its flagship and popular programmes.

Some IBN-Lokmat Shows[edit]

  • 'Great Bhet'[2]
  • 'Sakaalchya Baatmya'
  • ‘Salaam Maharashtra’
  • ‘Maharashtra Naama’
  • ‘Mega Baatmi’
  • ‘Prime Time’
  • ‘Metro Meter’
  • ‘Show Time
  • 'Aajcha Sawaal'
  • 'Real Heroes Awards'

Shiv Sena attack[edit]

The offices of Hindi and Marathi TV news channels IBN-7 and IBN-Lokmat in Noida and Mumbai were attacked and vandalised by Shiv Sena activists on 20 November 2009 who also slapped the chief editor Nikhil Wagle in the face (footages of which were shown on the channel itself after the attack).[3] Shiv Sena attributed the attacks to the criticisms of Bal Thackeray by the news channel over his remarks on Sachin Tendulkar. Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut described the attacks as "spontaneous".,[4][5] although it was vivid to be a planned act by Sena out of frustration of past few tough days of elections. Shiv Sena claimed that the people involved in that spontaneous attack were beaten up by rented goons of the chief editor Nikhil Wagle as he was aware of the possible attack.

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