Parent companyNetwork18 Group
FoundedMay 2011; 12 years ago (2011-05)
Country of originIndia
Headquarters locationMumbai, Maharashtra, India
Key peoplePalki Sharma Upadhyay
(Managing Editor)

Firstpost is an Indian news website owned by Reliance Industries, which also runs CNN-News18 and CNBC TV18.[1][2] It has posted misinformation on multiple occasions.[1][2]

The Network 18 group was originally owned by Raghav Bahl. In January 2012, the group received an investment from Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Industries through a rights issue of up to 2,700 crore.[3]


Firstpost began in 2011 as an online news portal of Network18.[4] In May 2013, the news group was merged with the Indian edition of Forbes India whose four top editorial heads, including editor in chief Indrajit Gupta, were dismissed.[5][6] The event led to a media furor.[7] Thereafter on 31 May 2013, Firstpost took over a satirical website for an undisclosed amount.[8] According to, "Network18, with its online outlet FirstPost, famously lost its primetime anchors in 2014 because of a diktat against criticising Modi."[9]

In 2015, The Caravan reported on censorship in Firstpost over criticism of political leaders such as Arun Jaitley.[10] In January 2019, a weekly English-language print edition of Firstpost began,[4][11] and then ended in June 2019, with publication of Firstpost continuing online.[12] As of April 2020, Jaideep Giridhar is the executive editor of Firstpost in Mumbai, while Sanjay Singh is the deputy executive editor.[13] On 26 January 2023, the prime-time show Vantage was launched, hosted by managing editor Palki Sharma Upadhyay, formerly of WION.[14]

Fact-checkers have found the Firstpost to have posted incorrect information on multiple occasions. In 2023, it misreported photo of a grave with iron grille to be from Pakistan when it was from Hyderabad, India.[2] In 2023, it falsely reported that Atiq Ahmed's vote had ‘Saved' the UPA Govt in 2008.[15][1]


  1. ^ a b c Chatterjee, Swasti (3 June 2020). "News18, Firstpost Tweet Old Video Of Waterspout As Cyclone Nisarga". BOOM. Retrieved 10 July 2023.
  2. ^ a b c "Media misreport: Viral photo of grave with iron grille is from Hyderabad, not Pakistan". Alt News. 30 April 2023. Retrieved 10 July 2023.
  3. ^ "Reliance enters media by opening purse strings for Network18". The Indian Express. 4 January 2012. Archived from the original on 12 January 2014. Retrieved 11 January 2014.
  4. ^ a b Jha, Lata (23 January 2019). "Firstpost newspaper targeted at niche, discerning audiences". Mint. Retrieved 8 July 2023.
  5. ^ Menon, Meena (9 June 2013). "'Forbes India' editors sacked for demanding stock ownership". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 6 January 2014. Retrieved 11 January 2014.
  6. ^ "Why Forbes' editors in India were sacked". Rediff. Archived from the original on 11 January 2014. Retrieved 11 January 2014.
  7. ^ Aravind, Indulekha (16 November 2013). "No country for good journalists?". Business Standard. Archived from the original on 26 February 2014. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  8. ^ "Firstpost buys current affairs satire portal". Hindustan Times. 31 May 2013. Archived from the original on 7 February 2020. Retrieved 26 August 2020.
  9. ^ Venkataramakrishnan, Rohan (3 June 2016). "Vadra investigation: Congress attacks NDTV as FirstPost gets praise – what's going on?". Retrieved 8 July 2023.
  10. ^ Dev, Atul (15 August 2015). "Why is Firstpost Being Asked to Refrain from Criticising Three Top Leaders from the BJP?". The Caravan.
  11. ^ Sirur, Simrin; Bajpai, Shailaja; Choudhary, Ratnadeep (28 January 2019). "Making news — Zee's financial woes, Firstpost launch and BJP's WhatsApp 'fake news'". ThePrint. Retrieved 8 July 2023.
  12. ^ Jha, Lata (6 June 2019). "Network18 suspends publication of Firstpost newspaper". Mint. Retrieved 8 July 2023.
  13. ^ "About Firstpost - Firstpost". Firstpost. Archived from the original on 31 August 2018. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  14. ^ Srikanth, Swarna. "Palki Sharma's Vantage - Changing geopolitical landscape through the Indian lens". Free Press Journal. Retrieved 13 February 2023.
  15. ^ Varma, Aishwarya (18 April 2023). "Fact-check: Did Atiq Ahmed's Vote 'Save the Upa Govt' in the 2008 Trust Vote?". TheQuint. Retrieved 10 July 2023.