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CNN News18
Broadcast areaIndia, UAE
HeadquartersNew Delhi, (Noida-NCR)
Picture format576i SDTV
Warner Bros. Discovery
Sister channelsNews18 India
News18 Bangla
News18 Lokmat
News18 Gujarati
News18 Kannada
News18 Tamil Nadu
News18 Kerala
News18 J&K-Ladakh-Himachal
News18 Assam North East
News18 Odia
News18 Uttar Pradesh Uttarakhand
News18 Madhya Pradesh-Chhattisgarh
News18 Bihar-Jharkhand
News18 Punjab-Haryana
News18 Rajasthan
Launched18 December 2005; 18 years ago (2005-12-18) SDTV
30 September 2023; 8 months ago (2023-09-30) HDTV
Former namesCNN-IBN (2005–2016)

CNN-News18 (also known as Cable News Network News18 and originally CNN-IBN) is an Indian English-language news television channel founded by Raghav Bahl based in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India. It is currently co-owned by TV18 and Warner Bros. Discovery.[1] CNN provides international coverage for the channel, while Indian Broadcasting Network concentrates on Indian and local reports.[2]

In May 2014, Reliance Industries announced it would be taking over Network18. The move was touted as "the biggest-ever deal in the Indian media space".[3] Reliance Industries already had indirect control of the TV18 network by virtue of investments it made in Network18 starting from January 2012.[4][5]

The channel has been accused by activists of supporting the ideology of the ruling Modi government.[6][7]


CNN International only reached the urban population in India. To reach the Indian masses Turner Broadcasting System together with an Indian company, Global Broadcast News (currently TV18 Broadcast Limited), launched the channel in India as CNN-IBN on 18 December 2005. The channel was completely run by TV18 Broadcast Limited, which only used the Cable News Network (CNN) brand name.[8]

Currently, Time Warner's India-specific CNN-News18 is watched by more people than its CNN International sister network, although both channels are in English.[8]

According to Network 18, since its inception, the channel has been reaching out to an average of 45 million households every day.[9]

In 2015, it was announced that a licensing agreement between Turner Broadcasting and Network 18 had not been renewed and would expire in January 2016.[10][11][12]

On 1 December 2015, it was announced the brand licensing had been renewed for another term.[13]

On 18 April 2016, at 7:57pm, it was rebranded as CNN-News18, and began using the slogan "On Your Side."[14]



  • News18 Headstart: Developing stories of the morning and newsworthy events
  • 8 AM Express and The Morning News: two morning news shows that provides the latest news from around the world aimed at preparing the viewers for the day ahead. Hosted by rotating anchors.
  • News18: a general news bulletin with live news updates throughout the day[15]
  • Afternoon Prime: A news review of the stories that made the headlines since morning and provides an overview of what lies ahead for the remainder of the day.
  • India 360: a 30-minute news bulletin covering national, international, business, sports, crime, and entertainment news in a fast-paced, crisp and concise manner, presented by senior associate editor Arunoday Mukharji.[16] The show replaced News 360 on 24 April 2017. Airing at 8 pm until 6 February 2018, when it was moved to 7:30 pm.
  • Vantage ⁦with Palki Sharma: a prime time news analysis launched by former WION leading anchor Palki Sharma in 2023. broadcast every 9pm on FirstPost, 10pm on CNN-News18

News roundups and debates[edit]

  • Late Night Edition: news bulletin that wraps up the important news of the day, with analyses of their possible impact[15]
  • News Epicentre and Epicentre Tonight: two late news shows focusing on topics that get lost in the heat and the noise of daily debates, presented by Deputy Political Editor Marya Shakil and Senior Editor Shreya Dhoundial respectively starting from 6 February 2018. They originally presented together on the Epicentre@7 show from 2 May 2017.[15]
  • The Crux: executive editor Anubha Bhonsle goes beyond the day's headlines.[16] The show replaced The Last Word on 24 April 2017.
  • Faceoff Tonight: Zakka Jacob fronts a face-off between newsmakers to take the unnecessary noise out of the facts.[17] The show replaced India at 9 on 17 April 2017. Airing at 9 pm until 6 February 2018, when it was moved to 8 pm.
  • Viewpoint: Executive Editor Bhupendra Chaubey has the day's top 5 biggest news.[17] The show replaced Big 5 @ 10 on 17 April 2017. Airing at 10 pm until 6 February 2018, when it was moved to 9 pm.
  • 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.[18][19] The show was removed on 13 May 2014, as a result of her leaving.[20]
  • 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.[21][22]


  • Tech and Auto Show: India's first and biggest show in the genre of technology and automobiles. Consists of news, reviews and interviews along with feature coverage of content from both these industries. Hosted by Manav Sinha.
  • Off Centre: The show feature unconventional personalities from all walks of life
  • Now Showing: Bollywood news and gossip about Bollywood films, hosted by Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand
  • Virtuosity

Notable events[edit]

Commonwealth Games Contract[edit]

On 5 August 2011 Comptroller and Auditor General of India's report on 2010 Commonwealth Games was tabled in Parliament of India. In section 14.4.2 of the report, CAG alleged that while awarding contracts worth Rs 37.8 million for production & broadcasting of commercials for promoting CWG-2010 to CNN-IBN & NDTV, the Commonwealth Games Organising 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."[23][24][25]

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, which was criticised. The officials later apologised, saying that the source of viewer comments was wrongly stated as Twitter.[26]

Fake live debate[edit]

In November 2012, on its prime time show Face The Nation, the channel broadcast a pre-recorded and edited interview of Ravi Shankar, falsely presenting it 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.[27][28] The episode has not been hosted on the show's homepage.[29]

Crew firings[edit]

In August 2013, TV18 fired nearly 400 people from their various offices including CNN-IBN as a part of restructuring. The company declined to further comment on the issue.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Network18 Website on CNN-IBN". network18online.com. Archived from the original on 11 July 2014. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  2. ^ Seib, Philip (2008). The Al Jazeera Effect: How the New Global Media Are Reshaping World Politics. Washington, D.C.: Potomac Books. ISBN 978-1-59797-200-0.
  3. ^ Baruah, Amit; Mishra, Lalatendu (30 May 2014). "Reliance to take over Network 18". The Hindu. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  4. ^ a b Malvania, Urvi (17 August 2013). "Layoffs at TV18 group". Business Standard. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  5. ^ Sharma, Betwa (12 June 2014). "Corporate takeover raises Indian media fears". Al-Jazeera. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  6. ^ Suresh, Nidhi. "'Media has lost our trust': Why protesting farmers are angry with 'Godi media'". Newslaundry. Retrieved 3 August 2022.
  7. ^ Scroll Staff. "Indians are expressing shock at news channel glee over demolition of Muslim activist's house". Scroll.in. Retrieved 3 August 2022.
  8. ^ a b Rohn, Ulrike (2009). Cultural Barriers to the Success of Foreign Media Content: Western Media in China, India, and Japan. Frankfurt: Peter Lang. pp. 278–279, 293. ISBN 978-3-63159-430-8.
  9. ^ "About Network18". Network18online.com. Archived from the original on 31 May 2014. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  10. ^ Bansal, Shuchi (18 July 2015). "CNN, IBN unlikely to renew deal on branding; Zee could step in". LiveMint. Retrieved 28 October 2015.
  11. ^ "CNN-IBN likely to end licensing agreement with Turner after a decade". The Economic Times. 29 June 2015. Retrieved 28 October 2015.
  12. ^ Bhushan, Nyay (29 June 2015). "CNN to End India Network Deal". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 28 October 2015.
  13. ^ "TV18 and CNN to continue their partnership for second term". YouTube. CNN-News18. 30 November 2015. Archived from the original on 22 March 2016. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
  14. ^ "Network18 to rebrand CNN-IBN as CNN-News18". The Times of India. PTI. 18 April 2016. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  15. ^ a b c "CNN-IBN Shows". network18online.com. Archived from the original on 9 October 2014. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  16. ^ a b "CNN News18 revamp part two: "India 360" and "The Crux" launched". Indian Television. 24 April 2017.
  17. ^ a b "CNN-News18 launches two new primetime shows – FaceOff at 9 and Viewpoint". exchange4media. 17 April 2017. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  18. ^ "Suhasini Haidar at News18". News18. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  19. ^ "More about Suhasini Haidar". News18.com. Archived from the original on 2 March 2014. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
  20. ^ Gomes, Herman (13 May 2014). "Suhasini Haidar quits CNN-IBN". Indian Television. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  21. ^ "Cyrus Broacha on The Week That Wasn't". Best Media Info. October 2010. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
  22. ^ "Tube Watch: The Week that Wasn't". The Hindu. 9 October 2010. Archived from the original on 15 October 2010. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
  23. ^ "Games Branding" (PDF). Performance Audit Report on XIX Commonwealth Games (CWG-2010) (Report). Comptroller & Auditor General of India. 5 August 2011. p. 221. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  24. ^ "CAG blames top media houses in Commonwealth Games Scam". News of Delhi. 12 August 2011. Archived from the original on 6 January 2012.
  25. ^ "Games contracts to media houses arbitrary and biased: CAG". India Today. 11 August 2011.
  26. ^ Jebaraj, Priscilla (19 December 2010). "Fake tweets aired on TV news show". The Hindu. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  27. ^ @sagarikaghose (9 November 2011). "Deeply apologetic about Sri Sri disc..." (Tweet). Retrieved 2 July 2016 – via Twitter.
  28. ^ "Face The Nation: A clarification and an apology". IBN Live. 10 November 2011. Archived from the original on 24 December 2011. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
  29. ^ "Face the Nation Shows Videos-Watch Most viewed videos of Face the Nation". IBN Live. Archived from the original on 23 February 2012. Retrieved 12 December 2011.

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