WION (TV channel)

WION (World is One News) is an Indian multinational[1] English language news channel headquartered in New Delhi.[2] It is owned by the Essel Group and is part of the Zee Media network of channels.[3]

WION
World is One News
World is One News
CountryIndia
Broadcast areaWorldwide
SloganWorld is one
HeadquartersDelhi, India
Programming
Language(s)English
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 4:3 576i for the SDTV feed)
Ownership
OwnerZee Media Corporation Limited
History
Launched15 August 2016; 4 years ago (2016-08-15)
Links
Websitewionews.com
Availability
Cable
i-Cable
(Hong Kong)
Channel 852
Satellite
Dish TVChannel 765
Airtel Digital TVChannel 378
d2hChannel 352
Tata SkyChannel 613
Sun DirectChannel 562
Sky
(UK and Ireland)
Channel 523
Streaming media
Live Streaming (International)
Live Streaming (India)

HistoryEdit

Its website was launched on 15 June 2016[4] and the TV channel on 15 August 2016 as a free-to-air satellite service in many countries. It is India's first international news channel privately owned.[5]

AccuracyEdit

WION has been criticized for publishing untrue stories about the COVID-19 pandemic, including suggesting that up to 18 countries have asked Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to lead their own domestic responses to pandemic[6], as well as claiming that the SARS-CoV-2 virus is deliberately engineered to spread a pandemic [7].

TeamEdit

Founding teamEdit

The founding team included Rohit Gandhi and Leon Desai as editor-in-chief,[8] Mandy Clark, former CBS correspondent,[9] and Mithaq Kazimi, American media executive,[10] as managing producers respectively. Known journalists included Saad Hammadi, Bangladesh bureau chief and former correspondent for The Guardian,[11][12] Archith Seshadri, former CNN anchor,[13] and Tathagata Bhattacharya, former editor of the CNN web edition.

Current teamEdit

The current team includes Sudhir Chaudhary as editor-in-chief and Network18 former senior editor Palki Sharma Upadhyay as executive editor. Sidhant Sibal of DD News joined the organisation on 1 April 2018. Sumit Chaturvedi, who was earlier with ET Now and CNBC TV18, looks after the business news content and does morning and evening business shows WALLET. Republic TV's former news anchor Akanksha Swarup joined WION in 2018, becoming one of the channel's leading faces. Sayed Mustafa Kazemi became Afghanistan Correspondent for the channel in February 2020. Associated journalists include Naveen Kapoor, Digvijay Singh Deo, Rabin Sharma, Ieshan Wani, Kartikeya Sharma, and Alyson le Grange.

The channel's Pakistan bureau chief, Taha Siddiqui, was forced into exile after a failed kidnapping attempt in Islamabad and Anas Mallick replaced him.[14][15]

ContentEdit

TV ProgrammesEdit

  • Prime-Time Programme: GRAVITAS is WION's prime-time show which bring viewers news and discussions on concurrent issues from India and across the globe.
  • Global Leadership Series (GLS): an interview-based programme featuring a selection of heads of state or government.
  • WION World Order: a platform for mutual dialogue on foreign policies.
  • The Diplomacy Show: Interviews with diplomats.
  • WION Sports: Covers global sports
  • Top Stories: brings breaking news of the hour from India and around the world.
  • WION Speed News: A news segment of WION which brings the top stories of the morning from across the globe.
  • WION Wallet: Coverage of finance and the economy
  • WION Fineprint: An in-depth analysis of international news and developments regarding social and economic issues
  • Your Story: Detailed information on the most trending stories of the day from around the globe.
  • WION Pitstop: An autoshow covering previews, launches, first-drive/ride reports, comparisons and motorsport action from India and across the globe.
  • WION Tech It Out: a weekly show that explores technology as an everyday concept.
  • WION Wings: India's first aviation show on television that is focused on everything related to flying, air shows, pilots, airlines and general aviation
  • WION MELT: A programme that aims to simplify the world of marketing through conversations with leaders from the industry, hosted by Anant Rangaswami and Ritwika Gupta.
  • WION Edge: One of WION's most viewed programmes, focusing on intriguing stories and people from across the globe.[16]

Previous ShowsEdit

  • Democracy & Dictatorship, hosted by Rohit Gandhi (2016–2017)[17]
  • Konversations, hosted by Mithaq Kazimi (2016–2017)[18]
  • This Also Happened, hosted by Archit Sheshadri and Sana Khan (2016-2018)[19]
  • WION Breakfast Hosted by various anchors (2016–2017)[20]

AwardsEdit

WION won the Best International News Channel (English) award at 2020's News Broadcasting Awards (ENBA).[21]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.india.com/news/india/english-news-channel-of-zee-group-wion-announces-its-official-launch-1697674/
  2. ^ https://www.wionews.com/about-us
  3. ^ https://www.wionews.com/disclaimer
  4. ^ "WION on Periscope: "WION launch"". Periscope.tv. 15 June 2016. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Atlanta's Archith Seshadri debuts as anchor on Zee Media's global English news channel". NRI Pulse. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Fact Check: Have the US and UK Chosen PM Modi to Lead a Coronavirus Task Force?". Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  7. ^ "The Most Popular YouTube Videos About The Coronavirus Are Being Made In India — And They're Full Of Hoaxes". Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  8. ^ "Zee Media to launch English news broadcast, appoints Rohit Gandhi as editor-in-chief". firstpost.com. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  9. ^ "CBS News Hires Digital Journalist Based in Afghanistan". Adweek. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  10. ^ "Mithaq Kazimi | WION". 8 July 2018. Archived from the original on 8 July 2018.
  11. ^ "WION Authors". WION. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  12. ^ "Saad Hammadi". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  13. ^ "CNN International Editor Off to Anchor in India". Adweek. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  14. ^ Jorgic, Drazen (10 January 2018). "Pakistani journalist critical of military escapes kidnap attempt". Reuters.
  15. ^ Siddiqui, Taha (8 January 2019). "Opinion | I'm a journalist who fled Pakistan, but I no longer feel safe in exile". The Washington Post.
  16. ^ "Edge". WION.
  17. ^ "Video". Retrieved 21 June 2020 – via YouTube.
  18. ^ "Konversations". IMDb.
  19. ^ "Video". Retrieved 21 June 2020 – via YouTube.
  20. ^ "Video". Retrieved 21 June 2020 – via YouTube.
  21. ^ https://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-wion-wins-big-at-enba-awards-bags-news-channel-of-the-year-jury-s-choice-2814712

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