In The News



by Supriya Shrinate December 27 2023, 12:00 am Estimated Reading Time: 7 mins, 41 secs

Amidst the rapid flow of information and the ever-evolving media landscape, the role of news networks has become pivotal in shaping public opinion, disseminating critical information, and fostering societal dialogue, says Supriya Shrinate.  

Across the globe, several news networks have established themselves as formidable pillars of journalistic integrity, credibility, and comprehensive coverage, offering audiences a window to the world's events. From the relentless pursuit of truth through investigative journalism to the real-time coverage of breaking news, these networks serve as the primary source of information for millions. Among the constellation of news networks, a few stand out, commanding widespread recognition for their commitment to ethical reporting, in-depth analysis, and diverse perspectives.

In India, where the tapestry of society is as vibrant and diverse as its culture, several news networks have risen to prominence, each with its unique approach to news dissemination and audience engagement. From television to digital platforms, these networks play a crucial role in bringing forth the latest developments in politics, business, social issues, and more, catering to the varied interests of a diverse audience.

The landscape is dotted with renowned names, including stalwarts known for their unbiased reportage, others celebrated for their ground-breaking investigative work, and some distinguished for their pioneering digital presence.

This exploration will help audiences navigate the vast sea of information, enabling them to form informed opinions and participate actively in the democratic process.

In this overview, I delve into some of the leading news networks that I believe stood out particularly this year, and highlight their distinctive features. From their inception to their current standing, I uncover what makes these networks the beacon of reliable information in an era marked by the flux of information and the quest for truth. Over to my 2023 list then…


India Today Aaj Tak is one of India's leading Hindi-language news channels. It has consistently been one of the most-watched news channels in India due to its extensive coverage, breaking news updates, and popular shows and has a significant viewership among Hindi-speaking audiences across different demographics. The channel is known for its aggressive and lively reporting style, often breaking news stories quickly and providing in-depth analysis of various events.

It was launched in December 2000 and quickly gained popularity for its comprehensive news coverage, real-time reporting, and engaging presentation style. The channel covers a wide range of topics, including politics, current affairs, entertainment, sports, business, and more. Over the years, it has received several awards for its journalism and reporting, acknowledging its contribution to the field of news broadcasting in India.

Aaj Tak is owned by the India Today Group, a prominent media conglomerate in India. The channel has played a significant role in shaping public opinion and providing information on national and international events. It continues to be a prominent name in the Indian media landscape, maintaining its position as a leading Hindi news channel.


BBC Hindi emphasizes accurate and impartial journalism, providing in-depth coverage of both national and international events. It aims to present a global perspective on news and issues relevant to its audience, maintaining a high standard of journalism. The BBC is known for its commitment to impartial and unbiased reporting. BBC Hindi upholds these standards, ensuring that its reporting is fair, accurate, and balanced.

BBC Hindi is the Hindi-language service of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Established in 1940, it serves as a vital source of news and information for Hindi-speaking audiences both in India and around the world. It started its radio broadcasts during World War II to reach out to audiences in the Indian subcontinent with news and information.

Over time, BBC Hindi has expanded its reach through various media formats.

It operates across multiple platforms, including radio, television, online, and social media. It provides news, analysis, features, and programs covering a wide range of topics such as current affairs, global news, health, science, technology, culture, and more. It offers radio broadcasts on shortwave, satellite radio, and online streaming, while its digital presence includes a dedicated website, mobile apps, podcasts, and active social media engagement.

BBC Hindi has a substantial audience base in India, particularly among Hindi-speaking regions, but it also caters to the global Hindi-speaking diaspora, making its content accessible to audiences worldwide. It collaborates with various local and international partners to produce content, programs, and special features, enriching its coverage and offering diverse perspectives. BBC Hindi continues to be a trusted source of news and information, maintaining the BBC's reputation for high-quality journalism and its commitment to delivering accurate, balanced, and insightful reporting across various platforms.


The media conglomerate Dainik Bhaskar Group is one of the largest and most influential media companies in India. It operates under the brand name Dainik Bhaskar and includes various entities, publications, and channels. It is known for its comprehensive news coverage and editorial content. It focuses on delivering news with a mix of regional and national relevance, catering to the interests and preferences of its readers. The network actively engages with its readers and communities through various initiatives, campaigns, and social responsibility programs, contributing to social awareness and development. Through its various media entities, Dainik Bhaskar plays a significant role in shaping public opinion, providing news and information, and maintaining a strong presence in the Indian media landscape, particularly among Hindi-speaking audiences.

In addition to its print editions, Dainik Bhaskar has a strong digital presence through its website and mobile app. It offers online news content, videos, and interactive features, reaching a broader audience beyond its print readership. The Bhaskar News Network also includes television channels under its umbrella. It operates news channels, which provide news coverage in regional languages for specific states.

The flagship entity of the Bhaskar News Network is the Dainik Bhaskar newspaper, which is one of the largest circulated newspapers in India. It provides news, features, and information on a wide range of topics and has a significant presence across states in India.

The Bhaskar News Network owned and operated by the Dainik Bhaskar Group was founded in 1958 and has grown to become one of the largest media houses in India.


Lallantop emphasizes audience interaction and feedback, encouraging discussions and debates on various issues through its digital platforms. It has garnered a significant following, particularly among younger audiences in India who prefer consuming news and information in a more contemporary and engaging format. Its innovative content strategy, digital focus, and unique storytelling have contributed to its popularity in the Indian digital news space. It is recognized for its distinct and creative storytelling style, which includes video content, articles, opinion pieces, and infographics. Lallantop's content is presented in a conversational and engaging manner, catering to younger audiences.

Launched in 2016, Lallantop is part of the India Today Group. While being a part of the group, Lallantop maintains an independent editorial voice and often presents perspectives that resonate with younger audiences, focusing on issues and stories that are relevant to them.

Lallantop produces short videos, explainer videos, interviews, and documentaries to deliver news and information in an easily consumable format. It leverages social media to share its content and engage with its audience.


Navbharat Times maintains a reputation for providing credible and comprehensive news coverage while adhering to journalistic ethics and standards. The newspaper actively engages with its readers through various community initiatives, events, and campaigns, fostering a strong connection with its audience.

It has a long history of providing news and information in the Hindi language and has a strong presence in major cities across India, including Delhi, Mumbai, Lucknow, Patna, Indore, and other urban centres. It caters to readers primarily in North India but has readership in other regions as well. Primarily a print publication, it offers news and coverage across various sections like national and international news, politics, sports, entertainment, lifestyle and business. It also has a digital presence through its website and mobile app, providing online news content, articles, videos, and other multimedia formats.  

Navbharat Times is owned by the Times Group, which is a major media conglomerate in India known for its diverse portfolio of publications, including The Times of India, Economic Times, and others.


The Indian Express is recognized for its commitment to quality journalism, emphasizing accuracy, fairness, and credibility in its reporting. It has played a significant role in shaping public discourse, providing insightful reporting, and offering a platform for diverse opinions and viewpoints. It continues to be a respected voice in the Indian media landscape, maintaining its commitment to high-quality journalism and editorial independence. Apart from the print edition, The Indian Express has a strong digital presence through its website and mobile app. It provides online news content, multimedia features, videos, and real-time updates.

Founded in 1932 by Ramnath Goenka, over the years it has established itself as a credible source of news and analysis. The newspaper has a history of upholding editorial independence and is known for its fearless and investigative journalism. It has often taken strong editorial stands on critical issues. Widely circulated across India and has multiple editions, including those in major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Pune, Chandigarh, and others. The Indian Express Group also publishes Financial Express and Loksatta.  

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