Times Now

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Times Now
Times Now 2010.png
Launched 23 January 2006; 10 years ago (2006-01-23)
Owned by The Times Group
Picture format 4:3 (576i, SDTV)
16:9 (1080i, HDTV)
Audience share 823 million (May 2016, [1])
Slogan Action begins here
Language English
Broadcast area Worldwide
Headquarters Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Sister channel(s) Zoom
ET Now
Movies Now
Romedy Now
MN+
Movies Now 2
Magicbricks Now
Website www.timesnow.tv
Availability
Satellite
Airtel digital TV (India) Channel 304
Big TV (India) Channel 453
Dish Network (USA) Channel 652
Dish TV (India) Channel 606
Tata Sky (India) Channel 507
Sky (UK & Ireland) Channel 576
Videocon d2h (India) Channel 353
CanalSat (Mauritius) Channel 147
Cable
ABNXcess (Malaysia) Channel 206 (SD)
Asianet Digital TV (India) Channel 422
IPTV
mio TV (Singapore) Channel 676 (SD) (1 Nov)

Times Now is a 24-hour English news channel in India. It is owned and operated by The Times Group. According to BARC, Times Now has the highest viewer impressions among all English news channels in India.[2]

History[edit]

The channel was launched in 2006 by Times Global Broadcasting Company Limited, a joint-venture of The Times Group (Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd.) and Reuters. Sunil Lulla was hired from the Sony Entertainment Television as CEO. In 2008, Reuters exited the venture by selling back its 25.82 percent stake in Times Global to BCCL.[3]

Associated journalists[edit]

Arnab Goswami is the Editor-in-Chief and news anchor of Times Now.[4]

Maroof Raza is the consultant and strategic affairs expert.[5]

Distribution[edit]

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.[6]

Controversies[edit]

Times now was accused of misrepresenting facts regarding an interview it telecast of an alleged eve-teaser in August 2015. The authorities asked Times Now to apologise and fined 50000 rupees for this.[7][8] On 17 February 2016, Times Now aired an unverified video which accused Kanhaiya Kumar, a university student, of sedition.[9]

Times now was accused of Media Vilification of Zakir Naik, an Islamic preacher of comparative religion, in the context of a Bangladesh Cafe attacker used his lectures to promote terrorism. Naik even published two mobile interviews conducted with Times Now reporter in which Naik was told by Times Now reporter "there was a major major technical problem in the first interview and need a reinterview with those questions" but the second interview was not like same as the first and it was pointed out by Zakir Naik who later released both interviews recorded on his phone. Times Now was severely critisized as going against media ethics as labeling Zakir Naik as promoting terrorism and "won't sleep without inspiring terrorists". Times Now's biased approach toward this issue further witnessed when it telecasted a debate in support and against banning Zakir Naik. The program coordinator accused actively taking the side of the team calling for banning of Zaikr Naik and the TV promoting the hashtag #BanZakirNaik on screen.[10][11] This has resulted in hashtag #StopTimesNow being actively used by the supporters of Zakir Naik on twitter. Although the controversy surrounding the Zakir Naik is not yet over, the State Intelligent Department of Maharashtra, India has notified that they do not have a clear ground to arrest Zakir Naik.[12][13]

Times now received a legal ‘cease and desist’ notice from the Wire.in news media for media vilification of Siddharth Varadarajan.[14]

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