ABP News

ABP News is an Indian Hindi news channel owned by ABP Group. It is a free to air TV channel founded in 1998. It was formerly known as STAR News before being acquired by ABP Group. ABP Live is an Indian English news website owned by ABP Network[1] It is also available on YouTube; its YouTube channel name is ABP News.

ABP News
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Broadcast areaIndia and International
SloganYeh Hai Star (1998–2012)
Aap Dekh Rahe Hai Star News (1998–2012)
Sirf Star News Par (1998–2012)
Aapko Rakhe Aage (2001–present)
HeadquartersSector 60, Noida
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
OwnerABP Group
Sister channelsABP Ananda
ABP Asmita
ABP Majha
ABP Sanjha
ABP Ganga
ABP Live
Launched18 February 1998; 22 years ago (1998-02-18)
ReplacedSTAR News
Former namesSTAR News (1998–2012)
Rogers Cable (Canada)Channel 839
Xfinity (US)Channel 3108
Asianet Digital (India)Channel 524
Siti Cable (India)Channel 302
Spectrum (US)Channel 1551
d2h (India)Channel 310
Airtel digital TV (India)Channel 309
Dish TV (India)Channel 650
Sun Direct (India)Channel 133
Tata Sky (India)Channel 504
DirecTV (US)Channel 2002
World on Demand (Japan)Channel 114
VMedia (Canada)Channel 839


STAR News was launched on 18 February 1998. From 2003 STAR News became a complete channel. It was the first bilingual (EnglishHindi) news service and was initially run by STAR India on its own with NDTV doing the production until 2003. When the agreement with the NDTV expired in 2003, STAR News was transformed into a complete Hindi language news channel, part of the STAR and ABP tie up.

In 2003, the contract with NDTV ended and STAR decided to run the channel on its own. However, the government introduced a guideline capping foreign equity in the News business to 26%. STAR then entered into a joint venture with the Ananda Bazar Patrika group to form a company called Media Content and Communications Services Pvt. Ltd. (MCCS) which ran the channel STAR News. STAR owned 26% in this joint venture while the Ananda Bazar Patrika group owned 74%.[2]

On 16 April 2012, Anandabazar Patrika (ABP) Group announced that they would part ways, allowing the Rupert Murdoch-controlled company to retreat from the news business in India to focus on entertainment.[3] With the split, the eight-year affiliation with the 'Star' brand came to an end. Media Content and Communications (MCCS), the company that owned and operated the news channels, said that after the split, Hindi news channel Star News would be named ABP News, Bengali news channel Star Ananda would become ABP Ananda and the Marathi news channel Star Majha would be called ABP Majha.[4] A Punjabi-language version of the channel called ABP Sanjha is popular with northern Punjabi audiences.[5] A Gujarati-language version called ABP Asmita was launched on 1 January 2016.

In November 2016, Avinash Pandey became COO of ABP News Network.[6]

All of ABP's channels (including ABP News) were gradually revamped throughout the second half of 2020, beginning with the renaming of parent subsidiary ABP News Network to ABP Network in July 2020.[7] A further rebranding, which affected the channels themselves, took place in the morning of 16 December 2020, with simplified and more modern logos and a new graphics package developed by Saffron Brand Consultants, which is standardized for all ABP Network channels.[8] Additionally, ABP News upgraded its production facilities and transmission output to 1080i HDTV, and launched a full-time HD feed coinciding with the revamp, with its SD feed switching to a widescreen picture format as a straight downscaled simulcast of the HD feed (ABP News had launched an test HD feed in February, exclusively on Hotstar and on the channel's digital platforms, presenting a straight simulcast of the SD feed with the 4:3 picture format stretched to fit the 16:9 format).[9] Although ABP Network's regional language channels also received standardized new logos and graphic packages, they remain broadcasting in 4:3 SDTV.

Satellite interruptionsEdit

Former host Punya Prasun Bajpai said that when the channel aired a program where he was skeptical of the performance of one of the Modi projects to aid poor farmers in the show Masterstroke. The satellite broadcasting of the show had been interrupted every time it was transmitted.[10][11] Former employees reported that the channel owners had pressured the host, Punya Prasun Bajpai, to quit the company and the issues had immediately stopped. Another host, Abhisar Sharma, who challenged Modi's public safety on live television, was removed off of the channel that same day. He also said he was under pressure to leave.[12]


  1. ^ "Company". mccsindia.com. Archived from the original on 7 January 2011.
  2. ^ "The race to become ABP News". Business Standard.
  3. ^ "ABP group confirms STAR deal". economictimes.indiatimes.com.
  4. ^ "indiantelevision.com – Star, ABP announce divorce". indiantelevision.com.
  5. ^ "ABP's Punjabi channel, Sanjha, finally gets its licence". Indian Television Dot Com. 30 July 2014.
  6. ^ Dhiman, Mukta (5 November 2016). "Avinash Pandey elevated to COO of ABP News Network.It closed in the United Kingdom on 1st July".
  7. ^ "ABP News Network Rebrands Itself As ABP Network; CEO Avinash Pandey Launches New Logo". 3 July 2020.
  8. ^ "ABP Network gets Saffron to craft new digital-friendly visual identity". MxMIndia. Retrieved 13 January 2021.
  9. ^ https://onlytech.com/community/threads/abp-news-hd-added-on-hotstar.42356/
  10. ^ Yamunan, Sruthisagar (5 August 2018). "Could a 'rogue carrier' have disrupted ABP News signals during the 'Masterstroke' show?". Scroll.in. Retrieved 20 December 2020.
  11. ^ "Exclusive: Punya Prasun Bajpai Reveals the Story Behind His Exit From ABP News". The Wire. 6 August 2018. Retrieved 20 December 2020.
  12. ^ Goel, Vindu; Gettleman, Jeffrey; Khandelwal, Saumya (2 April 2020). "Under Modi, India's Press Is Not So Free Anymore". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 18 December 2020.

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