WION (TV channel)

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Launched15 August 2016; 3 years ago (2016-08-15)
NetworkEssel Group
Owned byEssel Group
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 4:3 576i for the SDTV feed)
SloganWorld is one
Broadcast areaWorldwide
HeadquartersNoida, India
ReplacedZee News English
Dish TVChannel 765
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Tata SkyChannel 615
AsiaSat 73706 MHz
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StarHub TV (Singapore)Channel 156 (SD)
Channel 186 (HD)
Mediacorp (Singapore)Channel 30 UHF
(Baybay City, Philippines)
Channel 6 (SD)
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Streaming media
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Live Streaming (India)

WION (World is One News) is an English language news-based pay television channel in India that is owned by Essel Group. It is part of the Zee Media network of channels. The channel reports global news and issues.[1][2] Its website was launched on 15 June 2016[3] and the TV channel on 15 August 2016 as a free-to-air satellite service in many countries.[4][5]


Founding team[edit]

The founding team included Rohit Gandhi as editor-in-chief,[6] Mandy Clark, former CBS correspondent,[7] and Mithaq Kazimi, American media executive[8] as Managing Producers respectively. Known journalists included Saad Hammadi, Bangladesh bureau chief[9] and former correspondent for The Guardian,[10] Archith Seshadri, former CNN anchor[11] and Tathagata Bhattacharya, former editor of the CNN web edition.

Current team[edit]

The current team includes Sudhir Chaudhary as editor-in-chief and Network18 former senior editor Palki Sharma Upadhyay as executive editor. Sidhant Sibal of DD News joined the organization on 1 April 2018. Sumit Chaturvedi, who was earlier with ET NOW and CNBC, looks after the business news content and does morning and evening business shows WALLET. Republic TV's former news anchor Akanksha Swarup joined WION in 2018 becoming one of the channel's leading faces. Sayed Mustafa Kazemi became Afghanistan Correspondent for the channel in February 2020. Associated journalists include Naveen Kapoor, Digvijay Singh Deo, Rabin Sharma, Ieshan Wani and Kartikeya Sharma.

The channel's Pakistan bureau chief, Taha Siddiqui, was forced into exile after a failed kidnapping attempt in Islamabad and Anas Mallick replaced him. [12][13]


TV Programs[edit]

  • Prime Time Program: GRAVITAS is WION's prime time show which bring viewers news and discussions on concurrent issues from India and across the globe.
  • Global Leadership Series (GLS): The Global Leadership Series is an interview-based program featuring a selection of heads of state or government.
  • WION World Order: WION World Order is a platform for mutual dialogue on foreign policies.
  • The Diplomacy Show: Interviews with diplomats.
  • WION Sports: Covers global sports
  • Top Stories: Top Stories brings breaking news of the hour from India and around the world.
  • WION Speed News: A news segment of WION which brings the top stories of the morning from across the globe.
  • WION Wallet: Coverage of finance and the economy
  • WION Fineprint: An in-depth analysis of International news and developments regarding social and economic issues
  • Your Story: Detailed information on the most trending stories of the day from around the globe.
  • WION Pitstop: An autoshow covering previews, launches, first-drive/ride reports, comparisons and motorsport action from India and across the globe.
  • WION Tech It Out: Tech It Out is a weekly show that explores technology as an everyday concept.
  • WION Wings: India's first aviation show on television that is focused everything related to flying, air shows, pilots, airlines and general aviation
  • WION MELT: A program that aims to simplify the world of marketing through conversations with leaders from the industry, hosted by Anant Rangaswami and Ritwika Gupta.
  • WION Edge: One of WION's most viewed programming focusing on intriguing stories and people from across the globe. [14]

Previous Shows[edit]

  • Democracy & Dictatorship, hosted by Rohit Gandhi (2016–2017) [15]
  • Konversations, hosted by Mithaq Kazimi (2016–2017)[16]
  • This Also Happened, hosted by Archit Sheshadri and Sana Khan (2016-2018)[17]
  • WION Breakfast Hosted by various anchors (2016–2017) [18]


  1. ^ "Zee Media Corporation's global English news channel named WION". 15 March 2016 – via The Economic Times.
  2. ^ "Zee Group To Launch English News Channel, Hires Rohit Gandhi As Editor-In-Chief". huffingtonpost.in. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  3. ^ "WION on Periscope: "WION launch"". Periscope.tv. 15 June 2016. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Sudhir chaudhary editor in chief of Zee business WION and Zee news".
  5. ^ "Atlanta's Archith Seshadri debuts as anchor on Zee Media's global English news channel". NRI Pulse. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Zee Media to launch English news broadcast, appoints Rohit Gandhi as editor-in-chief". firstpost.com. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  7. ^ "CBS News Hires Digital Journalist Based in Afghanistan". www.adweek.com. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  8. ^ [1][dead link]
  9. ^ "WION Authors". WION. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  10. ^ "Saad Hammadi". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  11. ^ "CNN International Editor Off to Anchor in India". www.adweek.com. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  12. ^ "Pakistani journalist critical of military escapes kidnap attempt". 10 January 2018 – via www.reuters.com.
  13. ^ Siddiqui, Taha. "Opinion | I'm a journalist who fled Pakistan, but I no longer feel safe in exile". Washington Post.
  14. ^ "Edge". WION.
  15. ^ "Video". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  16. ^ "Konversations" – via www.imdb.com.
  17. ^ "Video". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  18. ^ "Video". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 21 June 2020.

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