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CNN-News18 (originally CNN-IBN) is an Indian English-language news television channel founded by Rajdeep Sardesai located in Noida, Uttar Pradesh. It is currently owned by Network 18.[1] CNN provides international coverage for the channel, while Indian Broadcasting Network concentrates on Indian and local reports.[2]

CNN-News18 logo.png
Launched 18 December 2005 (2005-12-18)
Network CNN
Owned by Network 18
Picture format 4:3 (576i, SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Country India
Language English
Broadcast area India
Headquarters Noida, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Uttar Pradesh
Formerly called CNN-IBN
Replaced by CNN-IBN
Sister channel(s) News18 India
News18 Lokmat
CNN International
News18 Tamil Nadu
News 18 Assam/North-East
News 18 Kerala
Asianet Digital (India) Channel 423
(UK & Ireland)
Channel 577 (SD)

In May 2014, Reliance Industries announced it would be taking over Network18. The move is touted as "the biggest-ever deal in the Indian media space".[3] Reliance Industries already has indirect control in the TV18 network by virtue of investments it made in Network18 (starting from January 2012).[4][5]



CNN International only reached urban elites in India. In order to reach the Indian masses Time Warner together with an Indian company, Global Broadcast News (currently TV18 Broadcast Limited), launched the channel in India as CNN-IBN on 18 December 2005. The channel is completely run by TV18 Broadcast Limited, which only uses the Cable News Network (CNN) brand name.[6]

Currently, Time Warner's India-specific CNN-News18 is watched by more people than its CNN International sister network, although both channels are in English.[6]

According to Network 18, since its inception, the channel has been reaching out to an average of 45 million households every day.[7]

In 2015, it was announced that a licensing agreement between Turner Broadcasting and Network 18 has not been renewed and will expire in January 2016.[8][9][10]

On 1 December 2015, it was announced the brand licensing had been renewed for another term.[11]

At 7:57pm, 18 April 2016, CNN-IBN rebranded as CNN-News18.[12]



  • News18 Headstart: Developing stories of the morning and newsworthy events
  • 8 AM Express and The Morning News: two morning news shows that provides the latest news from around the world aimed at preparing the viewers for the day ahead. Hosted by rotating anchors.
  • News18: a general news bulletin with live news updates throughout the day[13]
  • Afternoon Prime: A news review of the stories that made the headlines since morning and provides an overview of what lies ahead for the remainder of the day.
  • India 360: a 30-minute news bulletin covering national, international, business, sports, crime, and entertainment news in a fast-paced, crisp and concise manner, presented by senior associate editor Arunoday Mukharji.[14] The show replaced News 360 in 24 April 2017. Airing at 8pm until 6/2/2018, when it was moved to 7:30pm.

News roundups and debatesEdit

  • Late Night Edition: news bulletin that wraps up the important news of the day, with analyses of their possible impact[13][15]
  • News Epicentre and Epicentre Tonight: two late news shows focusing on topics that get lost in the heat and the noise of daily debates, presented by Deputy Political Editor Marya Shakil and Senior Editor Shreya Dhoundial respectively starting from 6/2/2018. They originally presented together on the Epicentre@7 show from 2/5/2017.[13]
  • The Crux: executive editor Anubha Bhonsle goes beyond the day's headlines.[16] The show replaced The Last Word in 24/4/2017.
  • Faceoff Tonight: Zakka Jacob fronts a face-off between newsmakers to take the unnecessary noise out of the facts.[17] The show replaced India at 9 in 17/4/2017. Airing at 9pm until 6/2/2018, when it was moved to 8pm.
  • Viewpoint: Executive Editor Bhupendra Chaubey has the day's top 5 biggest news.[18] The show replaced Big 5 @ 10 in 17/4/2017. Airing at 10pm until 6/2/2018, when it was moved to 9pm.
  • World View with Suhasini Haidar: hosted by Deputy Foreign Affairs Editor, Suhasini Haidar, a weekly analysis of top international stories, with a view on how India is affected by them, with analysis by foreign policy thinkers for debate on topical issues.[19][20] The show was removed at 13 May 2014, as a result of her leaving[21].
  • The Week That Wasn’t: a 30-minute spoof on the major news events of the week. The show looks at the major stories of the week with a satirical tone. The host is Cyrus Broacha.[22][23]


  • Off Centre: The show feature unconventional personalities from all walks of life
  • Now Showing: Bollywood news and gossip about Bollywood films, hosted by Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand
  • Overdrive
  • Virtuosity
  • The Tech & Auto Show: India's first and only show that showcases news, views, reviews, interviews from both the world of technology as well as automobiles. Hosted by Siddhartha Sharma.


Commonwealth Games ContractEdit

On 5 August 2011 Comptroller and Auditor General of India's report on XIX Commonwealth Games was tabled in Parliament of India. In section 14.4.2 of the report, CAG alleged that while awarding contracts worth Rs 3.78 crore for production & broadcasting of commercials for promoting CWG-2010 to CNN-IBN & NDTV, the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee followed an arbitrary approach. Proposals were considered in an ad hoc manner, as and when a proposal was received; no form of competitive tendering was adopted. The CAG further said in its report that, "We had no assurance about the competitiveness of the rates quoted by these channels and the need and usefulness of these proposals. From March 2010 to June 2010, the entire pre games publicity and sponsorship publicity was done only on NDTV & CNN-IBN."[24][25][26]

Fake Twitter commentsEdit

A controversy about some fake Twitter comments that ran on the screen during a news show raised questions about the reliability of instant feedback from viewers, which was criticized. The officials later apologised saying that the source of viewer comment was wrongly stated as Twitter.[27]

Fake Live debateEdit

On November 2012, on its prime time show Face The Nation, the channel broadcast a pre-recorded and edited interview of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar as a live television debate. The show was hosted by the deputy editor of the channel, Sagarika Ghose, the wife of the channel's editor, Rajdeep Sardesai. On public outcry, the anchor issued a public apology on Twitter, web and TV.[28][29][30] The episode has not been hosted on the show's homepage.[31]

Firing crewEdit

In August 2013, TV18 fired nearly 400 people from their various offices including CNN-IBN as a part of restructuring. The company however declined to further comment on the issue.[32]


In 2012, CNN-IBN won three awards at the Ramnath Goenka Awards: Anubha Bhonsle – Best Political Reporter, Preeti Singh – Best on the spot Reporter and Arijit Sen – Best reporter from North East.[33][34]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Network18 Website on CNN-IBN
  2. ^ Philip Seib. The Al Jazeera Effect: How the New Global Media Are Reshaping World Politics Potomac Books, Inc., 2008.
  3. ^ AMIT BARUAH and LALATENDU MISHRA. Reliance to take over Network 18. 30 May 2014 [1]
  4. ^ Urvi Malvania, Mumbai 17 August 2013 Layoffs at TV18 group Business Standard [2]
  5. ^ Betwa Sharma 12 June 2014 Corporate takeover raises Indian media fears Al-Jazeera [3]
  6. ^ a b Ulrike Rohn. Cultural Barriers to the Success of Foreign Media Content: Western Media in China, India, and Japan Peter Lang, 2009 p. 278-279, 293
  7. ^ CNN-IBN reaches out to 45 million households every day
  8. ^ "CNN, IBN unlikely to renew deal on branding; Zee could step in". Retrieved 2015-10-28. 
  9. ^ "CNN-IBN likely to end licensing agreement with Turner after a decade". Retrieved 2015-10-28. 
  10. ^ "CNN to End India Network Deal". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2015-10-28. 
  11. ^ TV18 and CNN to continue their partnership for second term, retrieved 2015-12-02 
  12. ^ PTI (18 April 2016). "Network18 to rebrand CNN-IBN as CNN-News18". The Times of India. Retrieved 18 April 2016. 
  13. ^ a b c CNN-IBN Shows
  14. ^ "CNN News18 revamp part two: "India 360" and "The Crux" launched". 
  15. ^ Late Night Edition
  16. ^ "CNN News18 revamp part two: "India 360" and "The Crux" launched". 
  17. ^ "CNN News18 launched two new primetime shows". 
  18. ^ "CNN News18 launched two new primetime shows". 
  19. ^ "Suhasini-Haidar News: Latest News and Updates on Suhasini-Haidar at News18". Retrieved 2 July 2016. 
  20. ^ " CNN News18 Latest News, Breaking News India, Current News Headlines". Retrieved 2 July 2016. 
  21. ^
  22. ^ "Cyrus Broacha On The Week That Wasn't - Best Media Info, News and Analysis on Indian Advertising, Marketing and Media Industry". Retrieved 2 July 2016. 
  23. ^ "News Archives: The Hindu". Retrieved 2 July 2016. 
  24. ^ "CAG Report on XIX Commonwealth Games" (PDF). Comptroller & Auditor General of India (Pdf). 
  25. ^ "CAG blames top media houses in Commonwealth Games Scam". News of Delhi. 
  26. ^ "Games contracts to media houses arbitrary and biased: CAG". India Today. 
  27. ^ Priscilla Jebaraj (2010-12-19). "". Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  28. ^ "Sagarika Ghose on Twitter". Retrieved 2 July 2016. 
  29. ^ "Face The Nation: A clarification and an apology". 10 November 2011. Retrieved 21 November 2011. 
  30. ^ "CNN-IBN 'small' apology to Sri Sri". 11 November 2011. Retrieved 21 November 2011. 
  31. ^ "Face the Nation Shows Videos-Watch Most viewed videos of Face the Nation : IBNLive". CNN-IBN. Retrieved 2011-12-23. 
  32. ^ Malvania, Urvi. "Layoffs at TV18 group". Retrieved 2 July 2016. 
  33. ^ "Ramnath Goenka Awards: The Storytellers". The Indian Express. 14 September 2014. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 
  34. ^ "CNN-IBN wins 3 awards at the Ramnath Goenka Awards 2012". Best Media Info. 18 January 2012. Retrieved 2014-08-25. 

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