NEWS18 Malayalam (formerly known as CNN IBN)is a partnership between TV18, one of India's leading television broadcast networks and CNN International, the number one international news brand.CNN entered India by partnering with TV18 to launch an English-language news channel in 2005. From day one, the channel established itself as a news channel with a difference and became number one in record time of just six months.
News18.com is the online arm of NEWS18 Malayalam (formerly known as CNN IBN) with hard news as its core offering and interactivity as its key component. Along with a plethora of mobile- and multimedia-enabled content, News18 is a multi-platform offering that, for the first time, provides viewers/users an opportunity to contribute to the news process and interact with editors and reporters. Manned 24x7, News18.com is powered not just by NEWS18 journalists but also by Network18's team of over 1,000 news professionals.
NEWS18 will serve robust and high quality news from every corner of India and relevant global news from CNN, the world's news leader, on the same platform with an aim to provide the discerning viewers with a complete commitment to the needs and aspirations of the Indian viewer, while CNN International will continue to deliver global news to Indian viewers.
"Adil Zainulbhai, Chairman of Network18 said, "We are delighted to announce the renewal of this extremely cherished partnership between two most respected brands in journalism. In this second term of our collaboration, we aim to present a brand new CNN-IBN that will bring news with even greater speed, accuracy, clarity and credibility and keep the viewers tuned to global developments much ahead of others. We also intend to cut through the noise and clutter that is currently present in the Indian television news space and offer best practices of journalism that will lead to better understanding of issues. The channel will organize meaningful debates and raise issues that touch the lives of our viewers. With this renewed partnership, we will enhance the process of newsgathering and delivering it to our viewers by informing and enlightening."
"Speaking on the occasion, Rani Raad, Chief Commercial Officer of CNN International said, "We are delighted to have entered into another long term partnership with TV18 that builds on the success we have achieved already for CNN-IBN. We embark on this next chapter with a new management team and a renewed determination to double down on our investments to refresh the brand and support TV18 in ramping up their digital initiatives in 2016 so as to further enhance relevance for the global-minded Indian audience. I'm delighted CNN-IBN is staying in our family of CNN-branded channels around the world that includes CNN Turk, CNN Chile, CNN Philippines, CNN Indonesia and CNN Greece."
Headquartered at a world-class facility in New Delhi, the channel is supported by over 20 bureaus nationwide, along with a team of experienced newspersons and production staff, backed by Network18's state-of-the-art broadcast infrastructure and newsgathering technology.
In the past ten years, CNN and CNN-IBN have broken several big stories and covered hundreds of big events together. Be it the dastardly 26/11 Mumbai attack, visit of Presidents George Bush and Barack Obama, several terror attacks in India and abroad, dozens of International summits, US Presidential elections, 2009 & 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the global economy meltdown of 2008, cyclones, floods, biggest entertainment stories from across the globe, citizen journalist stories and much more.