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Times Now
Times Now logo.jpg
Times Now logo
Launched January 23, 2006
Owned by Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd.
Reuters
Slogan "Always with the news".
Country India
Language English
Broadcast area United States
India
Headquarters Mumbai, India
Sister channel(s) ET Now
ZOOm
Website TimesNow.tv
Availability
Satellite
Airtel digital TV (India) Channel 300
Big TV (India) Channel 453
DirecTV (U.S.) Channel 2025
Dish TV (India) Channel 606
Tata Sky (India) Channel 534

Times Now is a 24-hour English language news channel based in Mumbai and broadcast primarily in the South Asian region and sparingly across the USA through partner networks. The channel was launched as a joint-venture of Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. the publishers of The Times of India and Reuters. It launched in early 2006 expanding Times Group's reach into news television programming in India as well as to try and carve out its own slice of the English news channels in India.

It was the first news channel in India to be launched on mobile screens (Reliance Infocomm Network), ahead of the TV launch and has significantly strengthened the digital presence since.

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History

Times Now began its planning operations sometime in 2005. Sunil Lulla was hired from the Sony Entertainment Television to be the CEO. A team of young people are the face of the channel. Some of the popular anchors on the channel are Arnab Goswami Rahul Shivshakar, Mahrukh Inayet, Harishree Mehta, Rupali Mehra, Deep Pal, Allister D'Souza, Mandira Lalwani, Sumaira Abedi and Tamanna Imandar. Investigative journalist Navika Kumar, who was earlier part of the Indian Express, is the Political Editor of Times Now. The band of reporters on the channel include Srinjoy Chowdury, Jayanto Bhattacharya, Bhavtosh Singh, Tariq Mir, Dhanya Rajendran, Madhavdas Gopalakrishnan, Nidhi Tuli, Himar Arjun Singh and Nandita Suneja. Post the Reuters de-merger in early 2008, Chintamani Rao was brought in to head the network replacing Sunil Lulla who went on to pursue his entrepreneurial instincts. Mr. Rao comes with an extensive background of over three decades in Advertising and Brand Building having worked in India and internationally for leading Advertising Agencies across various verticals saving creative.

Distribution

Early in 2008 Times Now (and sister channel ZOOm) tied up with Star TV India (a News Corp company) for distribution in India. Star being the largest TV network brings distribution clout (and subscription revenues) to the two Times Group channels.[1]

Popularity

The initial response to the launch of this channel was demure, in response to the numerous other 24x7 News Channels. The channel has however on some occasions broadcasted biased news reports. An example was the Odafa Onyeka Okolie case where its editor went as far as claiming the players to be drunk. However, tests carried out by the police showed that the players were not drunk.

Other channels

In early 2008, reports began to filter out that Times Now was planning to launch a Business News channel. Rahul Joshi, the Executive Editor of The Economic Times, is slated to lead the channel from an editorial perspective with Chintamani Rao at the helm as CEO of Times Global Broadcasting Co. Ltd. (the holding company of Times Now and the proposed Business Channel).

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