Times Now

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Broadcast areaWorldwide
SloganAction begins here.Always with the news
HeadquartersMumbai, Maharashtra, India
Picture format4:3 (576i, SDTV)
16:9 (1080i, HDTV)
OwnerThe Times Group
Sister channelsZoom
ET Now
Movies Now
Romedy Now
Mirror Now
Launched23 January 2006; 15 years ago (2006-01-23)
ABNXcess (Malaysia)Channel 206 (SD)
Macau Cable TV (Macau)Channel 529
Asianet Digital TV (India)Channel 422 (SD)
Channel 865 (HD)
Kerala Vision Digital TV (India)Channel 116 (SD)
Channel 901 (HD)
Siti Cable (India)Channel 417
Airtel digital TV (India)Channel 367(SD)
Channel 368(HD)
Reliance Digital TV (India)Channel 453
Dish Network (USA)Channel 652
Dish TV (India)Channel 767
Tata Sky (India)Channel 605 (HD)
Channel 606 (SD)
d2h (India)Channel 353
CanalSat (Mauritius)Channel 147
Singtel TV (Singapore)Channel 676 (SD)
APSFL (India)Channel 391 (HD)
PEO TV (Sri Lanka)Channel 162
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The Times Now is a 24-hour English news channel in India owned and operated by The Times Group. The channel launched on 23 January 2006 in partnership with Reuters.[1][2] It is a pay television throughout India. Until 2016, it was India's most popular and most viewed English news channel. [3][4][5] After 2016, the channel has typically ranked as the second most watched English news channel in India.[6][7]

Associated journalists[edit]

  • Rahul Shivshankar - Editor-in-chief[8]
  • Navika Kumar - Group editor [9]
  • Maroof Raza - Consultant and strategic affairs expert[10]


Along with the other Times group channels (Zoom, ET Now and Movies Now), Times Now is distributed by Media Network and Distribution (India) Ltd (MNDIL), which is a joint venture between The Times Group and Yogesh Radhakrishnan, a cable and satellite industry veteran, under the brand Prime Connect.[11]


The channel is often accused of practicing biased reporting in favour of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and is considered to be a Godi-media by critics.[12][13][14][15]


On 15 November 2011, in the country's highest defamation suit, the Supreme Court upheld Bombay High Court's order making Times Now liable to pay Rs. 1 billion. The channel had erroneously run Justice (retd) P B Sawant's picture instead of another judge in connection with the Provident Fund scam.[16]

Times Now was accused of misrepresenting facts regarding a biased interview it telecast of an alleged eve-teaser Sarabjeet Singh who was falsely accused by Jasleen Kaur in August 2015. Kaur later moved to Canada where she is working for an HR company.[17] The News Broadcasting Standards Authority authorities asked Times Now to apologize and fined them 50,000 rupees.[18][19] They were warned to be more careful in future, but they have not issued an official apology till date.[20][21]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Daya Kishan Thussu (9 January 2008). News as Entertainment: The Rise of Global Infotainment. SAGE Publications. pp. 100–. ISBN 978-1-84787-506-8. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  2. ^ Chandran, Bipin (14 June 2013). "Reuters to pay $19 mn for 26% in Times Now". Bipin Chandran. Business Standard. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  3. ^ Maheshwari, Pradyuman (6 February 2016). "Can any English news channel beat the just turned 10 Times Now?". Pradyuman Maheshwari. The Hindu. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  4. ^ Boria Majumdar; Nalin Mehta (7 May 2009). India and the Olympics. Routledge. pp. 9–. ISBN 978-1-135-27575-4. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  5. ^ "India's Times Now news channel to launch in UK". James Crabtre. Financial Times. 15 November 2015. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  6. ^ Dingdong Contest between DD India and Republic TV in English News Genre, Television India
  7. ^ Arnab Goswami buys back Republic Media shares from Asianet, Live Mint (A Hindustan Times Media company), Late Jha (6 May 2019)
  8. ^ "Rahul Shivshankar appointed as Chief Editor of TIMES NOW". The Economic Times. 16 December 2016.
  9. ^ "Navika Kumar appointed Times Network Group editor". 📢 Newslaundry. 19 February 2020. Retrieved 24 February 2020.
  10. ^ "Times Now censured for not revealing defence analyst's business interests". indianexpress.com. Retrieved 17 January 2021.
  11. ^ "BCCL floats TV distribution joint venture". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 14 January 2014.
  12. ^ Priyadarshini, Anna (2 December 2020). "Farmers are angry with 'Godi Media' for demonising them. TV channels double down". Newslaundry. Retrieved 24 January 2021.
  13. ^ "Farmers are angry with 'Godi Media' for demonising them. TV channels double down". Newslaundry. Retrieved 18 December 2020.
  14. ^ Madan, Aman (23 January 2019). "India's Not-So-Free Media". The Diplomat. Retrieved 24 January 2021.
  15. ^ Yadav, Puneet Nicholas (2 March 2020). "Are Newsrooms Run By Political Masters? Why Are Editors Compromising On Truth Telling? | Outlook India Magazine". Outlook. Retrieved 24 January 2021.
  16. ^ "SC asks Times Now to deposit Rs 100 crore before HC takes up its appeal in defamation case". Times of India. 15 November 2011. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  17. ^ Bhardwaj, Ananya (11 September 2018). "Why Delhi woman behind viral post on 'molestation' didn't appear in court for 3 years". ThePrint. Retrieved 26 August 2020.
  18. ^ "Times Now fined, asked to apologize for intimidating reporting in Jasleen Kaur story". The News Minute. 15 March 2016. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  19. ^ Bansal, Shuchi (15 March 2016). "NBSA asks Times Now to issue apology, pay fine for a story". Mint. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  20. ^ Ajmal, Zaheeb (26 October 2019). "'Times Now, will you issue public apology now', ask Twitterati after Sarvjeet Singh is acquitted by court". National Herald. Retrieved 17 January 2021.
  21. ^ Jagmohan, Aakruti (17 March 2016). "NBSA Asks Times Now to Apologise, Pay Fine for Jasleen Kaur Story". TheQuint. Retrieved 26 August 2020.

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