Bernama News Channel

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Bernama News Channel
Bernama News Channel Logo.png
Launched 28 February 2008; 9 years ago (2008-02-28)
Owned by Bernama
Picture format 4:3 (576i, SDTV)
Slogan Right & Now (Baru dan Benar)
Country Malaysia
Language Malay
Broadcast area Malaysia
Headquarters Wisma Bernama, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Formerly called Bernama TV (2008-2016)
MyFreeview (Malaysia) Channel 121 [1][2][3]
Astro Channel 502
NJOI Channel 502
HyppTV Channel 410

Bernama News Channel, also known as BNC,[4] is a 24-hour international news and current affairs television network in Malaysia. It is owned by Bernama, a government news agency. This channel airs news programmes that are related to local and international business, lifestyle, sports and entertainment. It is broadcast on the Astro satellite television platform via Channel 502, HyppTV via Channel 410 (previously channel 120, prior to April 2013) and the Fine TV IPTV-based network via Channel 12. Bernama News Channel's slogan is Baru & Benar (Malay for "Right & Now").

Bernama's news bulletins were initially aired on Astro Ria, Astro Prima, Astro AEC, Astro Wah Lai Toi and Astro Vaanavil, but they have since been integrated to this network. The news content on this channel is primarily broadcast in Malay, which is the official language of Malaysia. However, there are news programmes in English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Tamil as well, in line with the News@Bernama, Xin Wen@Bernama, Sen Men@Bernama and Seithigal@Bernama segments respectively. Other shows that are broadcast on Bernama TV include STAR TV Biz@The Star, Sports@The Star and "Helo Malaysia" is a talk show hosted by Sherkawi Jirim.

On 25 May 2016, this channel went into a major re-brand, re-branding itself as Bernama News Channel (BNC).The re-branding exercise includes the changing of the ID, logo and colour scheme of the channel. This change will also let BNC develop original programmes such as magazines, documentaries and human interest programming, in addition to news, to cater to its multi-level audience.[4]

Notable people[edit]

Noramfaizul Mohd Nor worked for Bernama News Channel as a TV camera operator when he was killed 2 September 2011 covering a humanitarian mission to Somalia.[5] He was the first Malaysian journalist to be killed while on assignment abroad.

Datuk Ibrahim Yahaya, former Director-General of Radio & TV Malaysia (RTM), who is also a long-standing journalist, and Media Adviser to the former Minister of Information, Communications & Culture, Malaysia. He is the CEO of Bernama News Channel.


  1. ^ "MYTV statement on Facebook (Malay)". 13 May 2016. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "MYTV Broadcasting Digital TV Trial". 6 June 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "Event for 6 June 2017". The EDGE Markets. 6 June 2017. Retrieved 6 June 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "Bernama TV Rebrands As Bernama News Channel". Bernama. 25 May 2016. Archived from the original on 27 May 2016. Retrieved 28 May 2016. 
  5. ^ CNN. "Malaysian journalist killed in Somalia." 3 September 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2011 CNN Archived 22 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine.

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