Booming: Television News Channels in India
News programs have become a popular and are competing for attention alongside other popular programming telecasting on diverse channels. Every major broadcaster is including at least one news channel in their repertoire. The most difficult part of the launch of a satellite channel is to programme software for continuous operation. Newsgathering is an essential task for the 24-hour news channels. To fulfill this requirement the new digital channels have been trying to keep track of all events regardless of location, position and time. They have not only changed the concept of news broadcast on Indian television, but also reshaped the news formats. Before the 1990s Doordarshan had been the sole newscast on Indian television. It also made newscasts into a boring exercise. Today, the private channels have transformed news into a vital product, like clothing, food and shelter. One of the strengths of current news bulletins is their quality, accuracy, gloss editing and superior quality visuals. News has traveled a long way from the DD time period. From Local events to International events and breaking news, from news analysis to breaking news analysis, soaps on television to page3 news all events fall under the responsibility of the news. In this piece, we've reviewed some significant changes in the broadcasting of news in India in the years prior to and after the Gulf War. Visit:- Indian Television - Flash Back Television in India is going through significant changes as part of the open-minded environment. To grasp these changes it is necessary to understand the routes taken by television channels so far. The first step was an experiment using the financial aid of UNESCO in the 15th September of 1959. The makeshift studio in Akashvani Bhavan New Delhi was chosen for the site of the experiment. The pilot program began with a one-hour program that was broadcast twice a week, on the topic of community health and rights of citizens, as well as education and traffic sense , etc. In terms of news concerned, the program was first launched just six years after beginning of broadcasting on television. Every day, a one-hour news program and a news bulletin was served to Indian viewers. One of the major disadvantages of television was that viewers did not get to experience the original colour of the objects because of the black or white transmitting. First multi-color programme was the Prime Minister's address to nation from the Red Fort in Delhi on the 35th anniversary of India's Independence Day. The same day, DD National channel was inaugurated. The intention behind the launch of the National channel is to encourage national integrationand instilling the sense of pride that is innate to Indians. Indian viewers also appreciated the colored version of the Asian Games hosted by New Delhi in their living room. The coverage of major events as well as various occasions lends a huge hand behind the infiltration of television signals to the remote corners of the subcontinent. Indian Government had taken all possible steps to expand the coverage of television geographically. In 1983 , television signal was accessible to only 28 percent of the population. which had increased to 38% by the time 1985 ended and by the end of 1990, 90% of the population was able to TV signals. In 1984, DD Metro channel was added to provide an exclusive entertainment channel for urban viewers. The initial launch of this channel was only available to cities in the metropolitan area. As a public broadcaster Doordarshan presented the news in natural and authentic manner. Every controversial issue was swept under the carpet. The government that was in power held a firm grip on the television broadcasting. Doordarshan news bulletins were not able to provide the international news to national viewers. Objectiveness was the primary victim as news was always slanted to suit the ruling party. The news was freed from the constraints within the DD newsroom, and gained objectivity and credibility when New Delhi Television (NDTV) produced 'The Week in the World in 1988. Everyone was waiting for Friday night when they could watch "The World This Weekend". It was the only Indian-language program, that looked towards the rest of world. World This Week World This Week was the most current news program that covered the world scene and featured great news, that the regular DD news did not provide. This show is regarded as one of the best and most watched television shows. Since 1989, NDTV produces India's first live televised coverage of India's general elections. The critical and commercial performance of the coverage establishes an undisputed norm in Indian television. After Gulf War, the Gulf War the media panorama has completely changed. Golf War - The Catalyst Post-1990 , satellite television in India has become transnational in nature. This was the result of the entry of multinational companies to the Indian markets, under the Government strategy of privatization. International satellite television was first introduced in India by CNN through their coverage of the Gulf War in 1991. In August 1991, Richard Li launched Star Plus which was the very first satellite station that beamed the signal to the Indian subcontinent. The channel of Subhash Chandra's Zee TV appeared in October 1992. It is India's first private-owned Hindi channel to meet the needs to Indian viewers. The fire was ignited by Sony and, a bit later by local channels like Eenadu, Asianet and Sun TV. Entertainment channels had started to take center stage in the organization's programming strategies and advertising was beginning to be the principal source of revenue. The earlier mission of Doordarshan to assist in the process of economic and social development was evidently diluted. Doordarshan was in the midst of a fierce competition in the news and public affairs programming from international channels such as BBC as well as CNN. Doordarshan had planned to offer slots for news programs under the sponsored categories. It was in February of 1995 that NDTV was the very first private producer of national news program 'News Tonight'. The program that aired on the country's government-owned Doordarshan set a new landmark for Indian television with its instant reporting coupled with relevant visuals. The similar year TV Today Network occupied a 20 minutes slot in DD Metro channel and aired the Hindi and current affairs show "Aaj Tak". The show gained acclaim for its wide coverage and unique style of presentation presented by the late S. P. Singh. However, we are still able to recall the welcome message "Ye Thi Khabar Aaj Tak, Intizar. Kijiye Kal Tak". The majority of viewers across India watched Aaj Tak as a daily habit because of its innovative style of news broadcast. Alongside that, Nalini Singh's five-minute fast paced daily news bulletin Ankhon Dekhi, the TV Today Network's Business Aaj Tak and Newstrack was broadcast through the Metro channel of Doordarshan. It was the time when satellite channels concentrated on entertainment shows for their respective channels. Doordarshan was by the top-rated news channel 'news'. Major Players The monopoly was shattered by Doordarshan in 1992 when private channels slipped into the Indian borders and entertained viewers as much as they could. At the beginning of the 1990s, the private channels offered only entertainment programmes. The entertainment channels include family drama, comedy serials animated children's shows movies, talk show and recipe shows musical concerts non-fiction shows, etc. Private entertainment channels added some infortainment programmes in their Fixed Point Charts (FPC). To meet the demand for infotainment programs in mind the media houses began to create magazines for entertainment, news, and news programs for various channels. India's top business and consumer news broadcaster and the most prestigious producer of media-related content, Television Eighteen India Limited (TV18) launched India's first entertainment magazine 'The India Show which was aired for Star Plus in 1993. This new media powerhouse offered prime time television programming to nearly all of the top satellite channels across India comprising BBC, Star Plus, Sony Entertainment Television, Zee, MTV and Discovery. After The India Show, TV18 created a weekly business news program called India Business Report for BBC World. Indian viewers had a few choices (like the public broadcaster Doordarshan, BBC and CNN) to view the TV news. For televised news, the viewers had to watch Dordarshan as well as some international news channels such as BBC and CNN. In the race to deliver additional news, more details, Zee Television jumped into the fray by launching the Zee News, a news network Zee News in 1995. The News along with the channel for current events revolutionized the way news was communicated to the viewers. Since its beginning, Zee News has endeavoured to be the fastest to deliver news, and is working towards an unifying goal called Sabse Pahle (Always first). Another round-the clock news channel owned by Murdoch Star TV beamed its exclusively 24-hour news channels Star News in 1998. Star signed a contract for five year with Prannoy Roy's NDTV (New Delhi Television Co.) to provide news content for this news channel.  

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