is a Hindi-language news channel
owned by the Essel Group
It is associated with several other sister news channels which provide coverage in Hindi, English and several regional languages of India. Zee News was launched on 27 August 1999, as Zee Sports Ltd. The company was reincorporated
on 27 May 2004, as Zee News Ltd.
In 2013, Zee News Ltd changed its name to Zee Media Corporation Limited.
The Zee News channel is the flagship channel of the company.
The chairman of the group is Subhash Chandra
, who is a Bharatiya Janata Party
-backed member of the Rajya Sabha
. Sudhir Chaudhary
is the editor-in-chief of Zee News and the anchor of the prime time show on the channel.
The channel has been involved in several controversies and has broadcast fabricated news stories on multiple occasions.
The channel is subjected to an ongoing criminal defamation case against legislator Mahua Moitra
as of March 2020.
The company also runs two regional news channels through its subsidiaries.
- Zee 24 Ghanta: 24/7 Bengali language regional news channel. It is owned by the Zee Akash News Pvt Ltd subsidiary.
- Maurya TV: Hindi language news channel operating in Bihar and Jharkhand. It is owned by the Maurya TV Pvt Ltd subsidiary.
Zee News operates the Daily News & Analysis and Zee News websites to provide online coverage of the channel. The Zee5 Website which is owned by the Zee Entertainment Enterprises
is used to platform coverage of other ZMCL channels.
The World is One News (WION) channel operates its own WION website.
The ZMCL also owns the India.com news website.
- Zee News Website: English and Hindi language online news coverage service of Zee News.
- Daily News & Analysis Website: English language online news coverage service. It is branded under the DNA program of Zee News.
- Zee5 Website: Streaming service which hosts ZMCL news channels.
- WION Website: English language online news coverage service of World is One News.
- India.com: English and Hindi language news website owned by ZMCL.
Cover of Daily News & Analysis.
The Daily News & Analysis
was an English-language broadsheet
newspaper owned by the Zee Media Corporation Limited. It was launched on 30 July 2005 and branded under the Daily News & Analysis (DNA) program of Zee News. It was primarily circulated in Mumbai
and discontinued on 9 October 2019 citing recurring losses.
Controversies and criticism
The channel was tried for allegedly extorting ₹1 billion from the Jindal Group
revealed through a sting operation.
Two senior journalists Sudhir Chaudhary
and Sameer Ahluwalia were arrested.
The two were sent to 14-day judicial custody in Tihar jail
and were ultimately released on bail. Naveen Jindal
had accused the two journalists of trying to extort ₹
1,000,000,000 (equivalent to ₹1.7 billion or US$23 million in 2019) in advertisements for Zee News from him through blackmail by threatening to air stories against his company in the Coalgate scam
. Zee News denied the charges and made counter claims of Jindal offering them ₹
200,000,000 (equivalent to ₹330 million or US$4.6 million in 2019) to halt their investigations against Jindal Steel
's involvement in the scam but filed no charges.
In July 2018, the Jindal Group withdrew the case against Zee News and both parties to the litigation stated that an out of court settlement had been reached which remains undisclosed.
Cases of fabrication
Jawaharlal Nehru University sedition controversy
reported that students from the Democratic Students' Union (DSU) raised "anti-India" slogans such as Bharat ki barbadi
(Destruction of India) and Pakistan Zindabad
(Long live Pakistan) in an event on the Jawaharlal Nehru University
In a letter Vishwa Deepak, a journalist working at the channel gave a statement that "our biases made us hear Bhartiya Court Zindabad
(Long live Indian courts) as Pakistan Zindabad.
" Vishwa Deepak later resigned from the channel after expressing reservations over its "biased coverage". The footage on the newscast of Zee News had formed the basis of charges filed by the Delhi Police
Sudhir Chaudhary, editor and prime time anchor of the channel however on a telecast made a statement saying "our channel only showed what was happening there, whatever we have shown is 100% authentic."
A forensic report of the Delhi Police
however later stated that the footage was doctored.
GPS Chips in ₹2000 currency notes Navjot Singh Sidhu – Alwar controversy
Zee News telecasted a video with the claim that the slogans of Pakistan Zindabad
were raised at a rally in Alwar
presided over by the Indian National Congress
politician, Navjot Singh Sidhu
Sidhu accused Zee News of playing a doctored video and threatened to file a defamation suit against Zee News.
Sidhu stated that slogans of Jo Bole So Nihal
were misconstrued as being in favor of Pakistan.
Zee News accused Sidhu of calling a news broadcast to be fake news sent a defamation notice to him. The noticed demanded a apology from him within 24 hours and threatened to pursue legal recourse if an apology was not issued by him.
Mahua Moitra criminal defamation case
Zee News telecasted a show featuring editor-in-chief Sudhir Chaudhary
where he claimed that Trinamool Congress
legislator Mahua Moitra
had plagiarised author Martin Longman in her maiden speech after being elected to the Lok Sabha
Moitra accused the channel of false reporting and submitted a breach of privilege motion against Zee News and Sudhir Chaudhary.
Martin Longman responded and stated that the legislator did not plagiarise him.
Subsequently, Moitra filed a criminal defamation case against Chaudhary.
Coverage of 2020 Delhi election results
Ban in Nepal
On 9 July 2020, Nepal's satellite and cable television operators banned Zee News and some other Indian privately owned news channels, citing "propaganda and defamatory report against Nepal government".
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