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Asian News International (ANI) is an Indian news agency based in New Delhi that provides multimedia news to 100 bureaus in India and most of South Asia. Coverage includes general news, entertainment, lifestyles, business, politics, science, sports and features.[5] As of 2015 the chairman of the company was Prem Prakash.[6] Sanjiv Prakash was the Editor and CEO of Asian News International.[7] Asian News International was the first news agency in India to syndicate video news.[8] It provides video footage to many Indian news channels and a few international news channels like BBC, CNN and NHK.[9][10]

Asian News International
News agency
IndustryMedia, News media
FoundedDecember 9, 1971; 47 years ago (1971-12-09) in New Delhi, India[1]
FounderPrem Prakash[2]
New Delhi
Area served
India, South Asia
Key people
OwnerANI Media Private Limited[4]


In recent times, ANI and its journalists have been criticized[by whom?] for displaying strong leanings towards the right-wing and its ruling party, the BJP. In the wake of the Rafale deal controversy, ANI journalist Smita Prakash interviewed Eric Trappier (the CEO of Dassault who allegedly chose Ambani's Reliance as local partner upon pressure from India's PM Narendra Modi). This interview was criticized on social media for its questionable journalistic methods.[11] Prakash's interview with Narendra Modi in January 2019 has also been critiqued on similar grounds.[12][improper synthesis?]

In the 2019 Election Campaign in India, ANI explicitly supported the BJP.[11]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "ANI MEDIA PRIVATE LIMITED - Company, directors and contact details". Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  2. ^ Raman, Anuradha (23 December 2013). "Footaging It Fleetly". Outlook.
  3. ^ "BD, India to sign MoU to check fake currency". The Financial Express. 4 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Terms & Conditions".
  5. ^ ANI.
  6. ^ 2006 Report, "Global news shakedown." Eurasian Media Forum Archived September 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "WORLDVIEW to help promote financial independence." (9 February 2006) MHz Networks (Press Release, PDF format)
  8. ^ Saxena, Sunil. Web Journalism-The Craft & Technology. Tata McGraw-Hill Education. p. 16. ISBN 9780070680838.
  9. ^ Paterson, Chris A.; Sreberny, Annabelle (2004). International News in the 21st Century. Georgetown University Press. p. 122. ISBN 9781860205965.
  10. ^ Shrivastava, K. M. (2007). News Agencies from Pigeon to Internet. Sterling Publishers Pvt. Ltd. ISBN 9781932705676.
  11. ^ a b Donthi, Praveen. "How ANI Reports The Government's Version Of Truth". The Caravan. Retrieved 2019-07-24.
  12. ^ Dhillon, Amrit (5 Jan 2019). "Indian PM lampooned for 'manufactured' interview". Guardian. Retrieved 16 August 2019.