Several years back, man had to wait for hours, days or perhaps weeks to know about events that paged chapters in the book of common knowledge. With the passing ages long forgotten are the days when government announcement bulletins were carved in metal or stone and displayed in public places. The tryst with experimenting and exploring different genres led man to the discovery of broadcasting information via televisions. Introducing news channels facilitated the common man an easy delivery of current events. Breaking news’ was fed to consumers in no time. Built on the five ‘wh’ words, news channels have come a long way in becoming the most potent tool in communicating information. The institution, no doubt, has surprised humans worldwide in shaping their values.
Here is a list of ten famous news channels well revered for briefing every swings and drifts that shook the universe.
10. CBC NEWS
Formerly known as the CBC Newsworld, the network was launched on July 31st, 1989. A Canadian English language category C specialty news channel, it is owned and operated by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. The CBC news telecast information to over 10 million homes in Canada and is the world’s 3rd oldest television service. Reseau de l’information (RDI), also owned by the CBC is its French language counterpart. The channels re- launch as the CBC News Network gave way to new productions and focused on live news coverage.
9. CCTV NEWS
Founded on 15th September 2000, the CCTV news is owned by the China Central Television. The channel covers newscasts, in- depth reports, commentary programs and feature presentations. Targeted on foreigners both inside and outside of China, CCTV is China’s first English news channel. Live news bulletins are aired during the first half of every session. Travelogue, a travel show which opens the door to dynamic and exciting landscapes worldwide and magazines which talk about arts, sports and science occupy the second half of each hour. News Update, News Hour, Asia Today and China 24 are some of the major programs telecasted by them. CCTV has strived in airing programs that has a global coverage.
8. SABC NEWS
Vuka Sizwe or Nation Arise is what the South African Broadcasting Corporation aims at by providing news via their channel. A state owned broadcaster in South Africa, the channel provides 18 radio stations and 3 television broadcasts to the general public. The corporation was formed in 1983 and is headquartered in the Johannesburg suburb of Uitsaaisentrum. The leading news broadcaster of South Africa, SABC plays a prominent role in promoting the country’s broadcasting media.
7. MSNBC NEWS
Founded on July 15th, 1996 the Microsoft and National Broadcasting Corporation is “The Place for Politics”. MSNBC is an American cable news channel established and run by the NBC executive Tom Rogers. The name was derived from the popular abbreviations of the Microsoft and the National Broadcasting Corporation. Its progressive stance was publicly acknowledged with a marketing campaign called ‘Lean Forward”. MSNBC primarily deals with programs on political affairs. The corporation is on its way to top the charts, already being aired in the United States, Europe, South Africa, Middle East and China.
6. CNBC NEWS
Called the Consumer News and Business Channel until 1991, CNBC is a satellite and cable television business news channel located in the United States. CNBC is owned and operated by the NBC Universal and first reached its customers on April 17th, 1989. The network basically airs programs on financial markets and basic marketing strategies. Headquartered in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, CNBC began as the Satellite Program Network (SPN) in the 1980’s. The channel provides details on business news programming from 4 am to 8 pm.
5. VOICE OF AMERICA
Voice of America is one of the five civilian U.S international broadcasters working under the banner of the Broadcasting Board of Governors. It provides a wide range of shows for broadcast on radio and television and the internet in about 43 languages. VOA is the official external broadcast institution of the US federal government. Voice of America produces about 150 hours of news and feature telecasts on a weekly basis for an estimated global audience of 123 million people, “to promote freedom and democracy and to enhance understanding through multimedia communication of accurate, objective and balanced news, information and other programming”. The channel shot to fame by serving people a “consistently reliable and authoritative source of news”.
4. EURO NEWS
Euro news is a European multilingual news television channel founded on 1st Jan, 1993 by a group of ten European public broadcasters. Headquartered in Lyon- Ecully, France, the Euro news claims to be covering world news in a Pan- European perspective. As a rolling- news channel, headlines from both Europe as well as the world are broadcasted in thirty minute intervals. Short magazine segments focusing on market data, financial news, sports news, arts and culture are also showcased during the remaining schedule. Some segments are displayed without a commentary under the title ‘No Comments’. This has also been the channel’s signature program since its launch in 1993.
3. CABLE NEWS NETWORK
Introduced by American media mogul Ted Turner, Cable News Network is a U.S cable channel launched in June 1st, 1980. CNN is also credited for being the first channel to provide 24 hours of television news coverage. It is broadcasted through the CNN International and caters to the needs of over 212 countries and territories. The channel caught the lime light after telecasting the only live television coverage of the launch and subsequent explosion of the space shuttle Challenger on Jan 28, 1986. This was followed by the live telecasting of many an incident that left a mark on world history. Baby Jessica rescue, the live capturing of the Operation Desert Storm during the Gulf War, the September 11 attacks ( which was first aired by the CNN), the 2008 U.S elections, to name a few, are the trademark telecasts aired by them. The company has about 36 bureaus, more than 900 affiliated local stations and several regional and foreign language networks around the world.
2. FOX NEWS CHANNEL
The ‘fair and balanced’ corporation reached out its arms to about 17 million subscribers following its launch on October 7th, 1996. The channel was created by Australian American media figure Rupert Murdoch and is owned by the Fox Entertainment Group. Murdoch was keen on developing Fox so as to create “a network of independent stations as a fourth marketing force” after CBC, NBC and the ABC. Though criticized for promoting conservative political opinions and biased reporting, one cannot deny the role of Fox channel in supplying valuable news items to a million population spread far and wide across the globe. The channel laid emphasis on visual presentation and graphics were designed to make a program look appealing to the audience. Fox believed that a colourful picturing of events could help the viewer’s in grasping the main points of what was being said. On- screen text summarizing of an interview and showing bullet points while delivering commentaries are some other techniques the channel employed. “The appetite for news- particularly news that explains to people how it effects them- is expanding enormously” and this, Murdoch believed would aid in providing the Fox News Channel a ‘worldwide platform’.
1. BBC NEWS
Headquartered in the United Kingdom, the BBC news is the world’s largest broadcast news organization. It was launched as the BBC World Service Television on March 11, 1991 and is transmitted by the Red Bee Media Ltd. It is considered to be the most neutral and unbiased news channel and is controlled by the British Broadcasting Corporation. The channel generates about 120 hours of television news and radio output everyday and is also involved in providing online news coverage. The BBC news online is regarded as one of the most popular websites in the U.K and has about 14 million global readers every month. The channel completed its 50 years of television service in 2004.