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)
Audience share 420,000 (Sep 2016, [1])
Slogan Action begins here.
Always with the news.
Language English
Broadcast area Worldwide
Headquarters Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Sister channel(s) Zoom
ET Now
Movies Now
Romedy Now
Movies Now 2
Magicbricks Now
Website www.timesnow.tv
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 606
Sky (UK & Ireland) Channel 576
Videocon d2h (India) Channel 353
CanalSat (Mauritius) Channel 147
ABNXcess (Malaysia) Channel 206 (SD)
Asianet Digital TV (India) Channel 422
Macau Cable TV (Macau) Channel 529
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]


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]


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]

Legal issues[edit]

On November 15, 2011, in the country's highest defamation suit, Supreme Court upheld Bombay High Court's order making Times Now liable to pay Rs. 100 crore. The channel had erroneously run Justice (retd) P B Sawant's picture instead of another judge in connection with the Provident Fund scam.[7]

Times Now was accused of misrepresenting facts regarding an interview it telecast of an alleged eve-teaser in August 2015. The Press Trust of India authorities asked Times Now to apologise and fined 50000 rupees for this.[8][9]

On 17 February 2016, Times Now aired an unverified video which accused Kanhaiya Kumar, a university student, of sedition.[10]

Times Now received a legal demand from Zakir Naik for alleged defamation of 500 crore rupees.[11][12][13][14]

Times Now received a legal ‘cease and desist’ notice from the Wire.in news media for its alleged vilification of Siddharth Varadarajan.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Broadcast Audience Research Council
  2. ^ Broadcast Audience Research Council
  3. ^ "Reuters To Sell Its Stake In Times Global Broadcasting To BCCL". 
  4. ^ Arundhati Roy. "Arundhati Roy: Mumbai was not India's 9/11". the Guardian. 
  5. ^ "Times Now censured for not revealing defence analyst’s business interests". indianexpress.com.  C1 control character in |title= at position 53 (help)
  6. ^ "BCCL floats TV distribution joint venture". 
  7. ^ "SC asks Times Now to deposit Rs 100 crore before HC takes up its appeal in defamation case - Times of India". Retrieved 2016-07-27. 
  8. ^ "Times Now fined, asked to apologize for intimidating reporting in Jasleen Kaur story". 2016-03-15. Retrieved 2016-07-10. 
  9. ^ Bansal, Shuchi (2016-03-15). "NBSA asks Times Now to issue apology, pay fine for a story". Retrieved 2016-07-10. 
  10. ^ Varadarajan, Siddharth (2016-02-19). "Times Now First Denies Airing Doctored Video, Then Concedes it Did - The Wire". The Wire. Retrieved 2016-07-10. 
  11. ^ "Viral Audio: Tale of two interviews of Zakir Naik by 'Times Now' EXPOSED media's double standard". The Siasat Daily. 11 July 2016. Retrieved 18 July 2016. 
  12. ^ "Zakir Naik, done two ways by Times Now?". Newslaundry. Retrieved 18 July 2016. 
  13. ^ "Maharashtra probe finds nothing against Zakir Naik". Dhaka Tribune. Retrieved 18 July 2016. 
  14. ^ "Cops will struggle to build a case against Zakir Naik, say experts". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 18 July 2016. 
  15. ^ "How Arnab Goswami & Times Now got a 'cease and desist' notice from The Wire". Newslaundry. Retrieved 18 July 2016. 

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