|Broadcast area||India and international|
|Headquarters||Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India|
|Picture format||16:9 (1080i HDTV) |
4:3 (576i SDTV)
|Sister channels||India Today|
Dilli Aaj Tak
Good News Today/GNT
|Launched||31 December 2000(New Year's Eve 2000)|
Aaj Tak (transl. Until today) is an Indian Hindi-language news channel owned by TV Today Network, part of the New Delhi-based media conglomerate Living Media group (India Today Group).
On 14 December 2018, Aaj Tak launched India's first Hindi high-definition channel, Aaj Tak HD. Aaj Tak HD broadcasts News & 2 extra Shows like Duniya Aajtak aires from 2019 (transl. World up to the minute) covering world news, Business Aajtak aires from 2019 (transl. Business up to the minute) covering the financial news of India & Worldwide. Aajtak HD also broadcast Movie Masala aired between 2019 & 2020 (transl. Movie Spice) covering the news of Bollywood.
Aaj Tak was first broadcast on DD Metro of Doordarshan (DD) in the year 1995. This was then broadcast as a news program of 10 to 20 minutes. Aaj Tak came into existence in December 1999 as an independent news channel and then it became the first complete Hindi news channel in the country to be broadcast twenty four hours. One of the anchors at the time was Surendra Pratap Singh. The tagline for Aaj Tak was "Yeh thi news aaj tak, Intzar kijiye kal tak" (transl. That's all the news for today, wait until tomorrow). Aaj Tak was the first news channel in India to use OB vans.
By the time the channel came into existence, it had a reach of 52 lakh households and since then it has become the channel to broadcast in 3 crore households and its viewership in news channels is 56%. On 14 December 2018, Aaj Tak launched India's first Hindi high-definition channel, Aaj Tak HD. A channel rebranding took place in January 2021.
Past anchors have included Rohit Sardana and Surendra Pratap Singh. Uday Shankar has worked as a news director during the initial years of Aaj Tak.
In November 2015, a video came online showing an Aaj Tak reporter bribing a kid with money to purchase liquor in order to convince him to give a negative statement against a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, for which the channel received condemnation.
The channel was fined ₹1 lakh and asked to broadcast apologies for fake news regarding Sushant Singh Rajput. The channel published fabricated last tweets by the actor on the channel, claiming that they were made by him a few days before his death and then deleted. Aaj Tak later removed its article with this fake news published in it.
Aaj Tak fined ₹ 5 lakh by BARC (Broadcast Audience Research Council) for viewership manipulation in a TRP scam.
According to a 2006 poll jointly conducted by the BBC and Reuters, of specific news sources spontaneously mentioned by Indians, Aaj Tak(mentioned by 11%) was the most trusted.
Aaj Tak has won the award for "Best Hindi News Channel" 19 times since 2001 at the Indian Television Academy Awards.
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