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Zee News

Zee News
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Launched6 July 1999; 20 years ago (1999-07-06)
Owned byZee Media
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 4:3 576i for the SDTV feed)
Audience share145,155 (August 2019, BARC India)
Broadcast areaInternational
HeadquartersNoida, India
Sister channel(s)Zee Business
Zee Hindustan
Zee Madhya Pradesh Chhattisgarh
Zee Uttar Pradesh Uttarakhand
Zee 24 Taas
Zee 24 Ghanta
Zee 24 Kalak
Zee Odisha
Zee Bihar Jharkhand
Zee Punjab Haryana Himachal
Zee Rajasthan
Zee Salaam
Channel 45
Airtel digital TVChannel 311
Tata SkyChannel 511
Reliance Digital TVChannel 408
Dish TVChannel 651
Videocon d2hChannel 302
Siti CableChannel 303
Cable TV Hong KongChannel 852
Starhub TV
Channel 158
now TV
(Hong Kong)
Channel 785
Dish Network
(United States)
Channel 708 (SD)
Streaming media
Live Stream (International)live Web stream at Zee News

Zee News is an Indian news channel, owned by Zee Media, a subsidiary of Essel Group, that was launched on 6 July 1999. The channel is owned by Subhash Chandra, who is BJP backed member of the Rajya Sabha. [1]


Jindal Group incident

The channel was tried for allegedly extorting INR 100 crore from the Jindal Group revealed through a sting operation,[2] and two senior journalists Sudhir Chaudhary (journalist) and Sameer Ahluwalia[3]were arrested.[4][5]Naveen Jindal accused Zee News of trying to extort Rs 100 crore from him for not airing stories against his company in Coal Scam. Zee News refuted the charges and made counter charges of Jindal offering them Rs 25 crore to halt their investigations against Jindal Steel in the coal scam.[6] In July 2018, the Jindal Group wrote to the investigating agencies requesting them to withdraw the allegations against the journalists and file a closure report in the case.[7]

Allegations of fabrications

Zee News reported that some of the students from Democratic Students' Union (DSU) raised slogans such as "Bharat ki barbadi" ("Destruction of India") and "Pakistan Zindabad" ("long live Pakistan")[8]. In a letter Vishwa Deepak, who later resigned from the channel after expressing reservations over its 'biased coverage' alleged that "Our biases made us hear "Bhartiya Court Zindabad" as Pakistan Zindabad." ("long live Indian courts" as "long live Pakistan."). After Delhi police report it was claimed that footage was genuine.[9] Sudhir Chaudhary, Zee News Editor, said "Our channel only showed what was happening there, whatever we have shown is 100% authentic."[10] Later the forensic report revealed that footage was not genuine.[11]

Zee News telecasted a video with the claim that the slogans of Pakistan Zindabad were raised at Alwar rally of Navjot Singh Sidhu. However, Congress leaders were defiant and accused Zee News of playing a doctored video. One local journalist came on camera to expose the Congress party and pointed out the "Pakistan Zindabad" slogans were indeed raised while Sidhu was addressing the rally, while Sidhu threatened to file a defamation suit against Zee News.[12]

GPS Chips in INR 2000 currency notes

Anchor Sudhir Chaudhary ran a DNA program announcing that the latest 2000 rupee notes issued by the government post-demonetisation have NGC (Nano GPS chips), which will allow the government to track currency, thereby reducing corruption.[13] The then Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that it was a hoax.[14] A bit of thoughtful investigation further disproves the claim.[15]


Zee News has received an open threat from Lashkar-e-Taiba militant Hafiz Muhammad Saeed on its coverage of strikes which were carried out by the Indian Forces in the Line of Control (LoC).[16][17]

Jaish-e-Mohammed's news paper targets Zee News's show DNA and its editor Sudhir Chaudhary (journalist) on the reporting of the Pulwama attack.[18]

See also


  1. ^ https://www.business-standard.com/article/politics/subhash-chandra-bets-on-bjp-support-for-rajya-sabha-entry-116053101457_1.html
  2. ^ "Jindal plays CD, claemsss Zee editors demanded Rs. 100 crore". The Hindu. Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ "Two Zee editors arrested for 'Rs 100-crore extortion bid' - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ "Naveen Jindal vs Zee: Senior journalists arrested over alleged extortion". NDTV India. Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ "Jindal Group and Zee television in extortion scandal". The Australian. Retrieved 2014.
  6. ^ "Naveen Jindal accuses Zee News of extortion, channel hits back - The Times of India". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 25 October 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  7. ^ "ED charges against Naveen Jindal, others as his firm settles case of extortion with Zee". The Indian Express. 14 July 2018. Retrieved 2020.
  8. ^ "From 'Pakistan Zindabad' to 'Bharat ki barbaadi' - Slogans that were raised by 'anti-nationals' in JNU". Zee News. 14 February 2016.
  9. ^ "Zee News producer quits: Video we shot had no Pakistan Zindabad slogan". The Indian Express. 22 February 2016.
  10. ^ "We speak with the Zee News journalist who resigned over the channel's coverage of #JNURow". Newslaundry. 21 February 2016.
  11. ^ "JNUSU's Kanhaiya Kumar sedition row: 'Raw footage given by TV channel Doctored, finds Forensic Experts'". India Today. Express News Service. 12 June 2016. Retrieved 2019.
  12. ^ Desk, India com News (6 December 2018). "How Pak Media Covered 'Pakistan Zindabad' Sloganeering at Sidhu's Rally". India.com. Retrieved 2019.
  13. ^ Zee news dna fake news about nano gps chip in 2000 note zee news sudhir, retrieved 2019
  14. ^ RBI's new Rs 2000 note has no GPS-nano chip, contrary to rumours, retrieved 2019
  15. ^ "No, New Rs. 2000 Note Will Not Have a 'Nano GPS Chip'". NDTV Gadgets 360. Retrieved 2019.
  16. ^ Bureau, Adgully. "LeT terrorist Hafiz Saeed threatens Zee News in Pak gathering". www.adgully.com. Retrieved 2019.
  17. ^ "Zee News resolves to show fearless news coverage despite threat videos from LeT terrorist Hafiz Saeed - Exchange4media". Indian Advertising Media & Marketing News - exchange4media. Retrieved 2019.
  18. ^ "ZEE5". https://www.zee5.com/news/details/jems-newspaper-targets-zee-news-dna-on-pulwama-attack-reporting/0-0-newsauto_6n47fod09rv0. Retrieved 2019. External link in |website= (help)

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