WION
TypeRadio, broadcast news, discussions
CountryIndia
Broadcast areaWorldwide
HeadquartersNoida, India
Programming
Language(s)English
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 4:3 576i for the SDTV feed)
Ownership
OwnerEssel Group
History
Launched15 August 2016; 7 years ago (2016-08-15)
Links
Websitewionews.com
Availability
Streaming media
Live Streaming (International)
Live Streaming (India)
Live streaming (India)

WION (World is One News) is an Indian international English language news channel headquartered in Noida, India.[1][2] It is owned by the Essel Group and is a part of the Zee Media network of channels.[3]

History

Zee Media hired Rohit Gandhi as the founder and first editor-in-chief to establish the channel in August 2015.[4] Its simulcast was launched on its website in many countries as a free-to-air satellite service on 15 June 2016.[5] The television channel began airing on 15 August 2016.[6] Sudhir Chaudhary served as its editor-in-chief after Gandhi until he left in 2021.[7] Before switching to CNN-News18, Palki Sharma Upadhyay served for 4 years and resigned in September 2022.[8] Past team includes Naveen Kapoor and Kartikeya Sharma.

Team

The current team includes Sidhant Sibal of DD News, who joined the media corporation on 1 April 2018. Madhu Soman[9] joined as a chief business officer in 2022. Rohit Banerjee looks after the branded content. While Molly Gambhir replaces Palki Sharma's position on Gravitas and Gravitas Plus to become the leading anchor of the WION channel, other associated journalists include Digvijay Singh Deo, Shivan Chanana, Rabin Sharma, Ieshan Wani, Esha Hanspal, Priyanka Sharma and Alyson le Grange.

The channel's Pakistan bureau chief, Taha Siddiqui, was forced into exile after a failed kidnapping attempt in Islamabad. He was replaced by Anas Mallick.[10][11]

Controversies

Appointment of M. J. Akbar

In 2021, the appointment of M.J. Akbar, an Indian journalist and politician who has been accused of sexual assault by women, to WION as an "editorial consultant" was met with controversy, with more than 150 journalists signing a statement demanding that Akbar be removed by WION and Zee News.[12][needs update]

2022 YouTube block

On 22 March 2022, WION was blocked from YouTube for "violating YouTube's community guidelines". YouTube had taken objection to a video posted on 10 March, broadcasting a speech by Sergey Lavrov, the head of Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, denying the Russian invasion of Ukraine.[13] YouTube unblocked the channel on 26 March after a social media campaign by WION.[14]

Lawsuit against former anchor Palki Sharma

After the former anchor Palki Sharma Upadhyay announced her retirement from WION and the creation of a new talk show in CNN News18, WION filed a lawsuit against Upadhyay, saying that "confidential and proprietary Zee information" was taken by Upadhyay, and demanded that Upadhyay should continue to work for WION until December 2022 and pay for damages worth ₹2 crores. However, the Delhi High Court refused WION's appeal, and the next hearing of the case would be delayed until March 2023.[15]

References

  1. ^ Chauhan, Shubhang (8 December 2016). "English News channel of Zee group' WION' announces its official launch". India.com.
  2. ^ "About Us". WION.
  3. ^ "Disclaimer". WION.
  4. ^ "Zee Media to launch English news broadcast, appoints Rohit Gandhi as editor-in-chief". firstpost.com. 17 August 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  5. ^ "WION on Periscope: "WION launch"". Periscope.tv. 15 June 2016. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Atlanta's Archith Seshadri debuts as an anchor on Zee Media's global English news channel". NRI Pulse. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Is Aajtak's bet on Sudhir Chaudhary paying off?".
  8. ^ "Palki Sharma Upadhyay, the face of the WION news channel, quits: Report". Newslaundry. 2 September 2022. Retrieved 3 September 2022.
  9. ^ "Zee Media appoints Madhu Soman as a Chief Business Officer, WION - Exchange4media". Indian Advertising Media & Marketing News – exchange4media. Retrieved 15 March 2024.
  10. ^ Jorgic, Drazen (10 January 2018). "Pakistani journalist critical of military escapes kidnap attempt". Reuters.
  11. ^ Siddiqui, Taha (8 January 2019). "Opinion | I'm a journalist who fled Pakistan, but I no longer feel safe in exile". The Washington Post.
  12. ^ "158 personalities write to Zee Media against MJ Akbar's appointment in WION Over 150 Journalists Sign Letter Asking WION News to Remove M.J. Akbar". The Wire. 9 September 2021.
  13. ^ Team, N. L. "YouTube blocks WION for 'trivialising' Russia-Ukraine war". Newslaundry. Retrieved 26 March 2022.
  14. ^ "YouTube unblocks WION after 12 hours and 25,000 posts in support of channel". DNA India. Retrieved 4 April 2022.
  15. ^ Tiwari, Ayush (23 November 2022). "Why Zee Media won't let Palki Sharma Upadhyay join Network18". News Laundry. Retrieved 23 November 2022.