ABP News

ABP News is an Indian Hindi news channel owned by ABP Group. It was formerly known as STAR News before being acquired by ABP Group. ABP Live is an Indian English news website owned by ABP Group.[1]

ABP News
Launched18 February 1998 (1998-02-18)
Owned byABP Group
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
Audience share124,037 (August 2019, BARC India)
SloganYeh Hai Star (1998–2012)
Aap Dekh Rahe Hai Star News (1998–2012)
Sirf Star News Par (1998–2012)
Aapko Rakhe Aage (2013–present)
Broadcast areaIndia and International
HeadquartersNoida, India
Formerly calledSTAR News (1998–2012)
ReplacedSTAR News
Sister channel(s)ABP Ananda
ABP Asmita
ABP Majha
ABP Sanjha
d2h (India)Channel 310
Airtel digital TV (India)Channel 309
Independent TV (India)Channel 407
Dish TV (India)Channel 673
Sun Direct (India)Channel 133
Tata Sky (India)Channel 504
Sky (UK & Ireland)Channel 719
DirecTV (US)Channel 2002
Rogers Cable (Canada)Channel 839
Comcast (US)Channel 341
Asianet Digital (India)Channel 524
Siti Cable (India)Channel 302
Spectrum (US)Channel 1551
World On Demand (Japan)Channel 114
VMedia (Canada)Channel 839
Streaming media
Windows 10ABP News Live
ABP News LiveWatch Live
ABP Ananda LiveWatch ABP Ananda Live
ABP Majha LiveWatch ABP Majha Live
ABP Asmita LiveWatch ABP Asmita Live
ABP Sanjha LiveWatch ABP Sanjha Live


STAR News was launched on 18 February 1998. From 2003 STAR News became a complete [2] channel. It was the first bilingual (EnglishHindi) news service and was initially run by STAR India on its own with NDTV doing the production until 2003. When the agreement with the NDTV expired in 2003, STAR News was transformed into a complete Hindi language news channel, part of the STAR and ABP tie up.

In 2003, the contract with NDTV ended and STAR decided to run the channel on its own. However, the government introduced a guideline capping foreign equity in the News business to 26%. STAR then entered into a joint venture with the Ananda Bazar Patrika group to form a company called Media Content and Communications Services Pvt. Ltd. (MCCS) which ran the channel STAR News. STAR owned 26% in this joint venture while the Ananda Bazar Patrika group owned 74%.[3]

On 16 April 2012, Anandabazar Patrika (ABP) Group announced that they would part ways, allowing the Rupert Murdoch-controlled company to retreat from the news business in India to focus on entertainment.[4] With the split, the eight-year affiliation with the 'Star' brand came to an end. Media Content and Communications (MCCS), the company that owned and operated the news channels, said that after the split, Hindi news channel Star News would be named ABP News, Bengali news channel Star Ananda would become ABP Ananda and the Marathi news channel Star Majha would be called ABP Majha.[5] A Punjabi language version of the channel called ABP Sanjha is popular with northern Punjabi audiences.[6] A Gujarati language version called ABP Asmita was launched on 1 January 2016.

In November 2016, Avinash Pandey became COO of ABP News Network.[7]


  1. "Company". mccsindia.com. Archived from the original on 7 January 2011.
  2. www.abplive.com
  3. "The race to become ABP News". business-standard.com.
  4. "ABP group confirms STAR deal". economictimes.indiatimes.com.
  5. "indiantelevision.com – Star, ABP announce divorce". indiantelevision.com.
  6. "indiantelevision.com".
  7. "Avinash Pandey elevated to COO of ABP News Network".
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