TV18 Broadcast will reportedly launch three new regional news channels in the run up to elections in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Assam, subject to clearance from authorities.
Television Post reports that the channels will launch under the ‘News18’ brand and not ETV News Network, which TV18 controls. The channels, which begin broadcasting in first week of April, will be known as News18 Tamil Nadu, News18 Kerala and News18 Assam/North East.
TV18 also runs CNN-IBN, IBN7, and business news channels CNBC TV18, CNBC Awaaz and CNBC Bazaar in English, Hindi and Gujarati respectively. IBN-Lokmat is a Marathi news channel with TV18 and Lokmat Group as equal joint venture partners.
Incidentally, the network rebranded its channel News18 India to just ‘News18’ earlier this week in international territories.