With an established legacy of over a quarter a century now, Asianet News Network (ANN) is today one of India’s most trusted news media powerhouses. What started out as a humble television news channel, Asianet News has over the decades pioneered impactful journalism. Our unbiased reportage, strong advocacy, multiple perspectives on a news story, honest insights by seasoned journalists, and innovative and varied content has been a driving force to becoming one of the largest News Network in South India.
After conquering the broadcast medium, Asianet News stepped foot in the Digital space in 2015 armed with cutting edge technology and unmatched insights. Offering news, views and valued content in Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Bengali and English, Asianet News is on a mission to inspire with ‘Straight, Bold and Relentless’stories.
Asianetnews.com’s expansion from being the most viewed and respected vernacular digital media group to becoming one of the Top 10 news platforms in India is firm validation that our viewers believe in our futuristic approach.
The term ‘Fake News’ has been causing ruckus in today’s digital world and for all of us part of this industry, misinformation and manipulation has been one of the main concerns. With the proliferation of powerful social media platforms, there’s been a drastic rise in the spread of fake news and misconceptions in order to influence the public’s perception and destroy the brand reputation.
Owing to the high volume of such posts, Asianet News initiated a Fact-Check process to ensure we fulfill our responsibility of presenting the truth at all times. Given that a chunk of news reports published in India are either in English or Hindi, a majority of the population especially in tier-2 or tier-3 cities and villages is strayed away from the truth. Thus, India’s leading vernacular news network, Asianet News took the onus of separating the fact from the fiction for our devout audiences.
In 2019, the Malayalam website successfully launched the Fact-Check initiative led by the Chief Editor, This much-needed initiative was subsequently replicated in our other langugaes. By the end of 2020, we hope to put the fact-check process in place for the Tamil, Telugu, Bangla and English websites.
A team of seasoned editors, who have years of experience in bringing the truth out, form the core of Fact Check team at Asianet News Network. Respective language Editors along with a few hand-picked journalists from his/her team follow a set process to ensure truth is not compromised. Details listed below:
A veteran journalist and teacher in the field of media studies for nearly 40 years, M.G. Radhakrishnan has had successful stints with both print and television. Currently the Editor of Kerala’s premier news channel Asianet News (since 2014), Radhakrishnan has rich experience in catering to both Malayalam and English audiences. Prior to joining Asianet News, he was the Kerala state chief of India Today magazine for 20 years (1994-2014). After completing his post-graduation in Economics, he kick started his career with Mathrubhumi where he worked in various editorial capacities for a decade. His areas of interest are politics, economics, media, sports and popular culture. Apart from writing hundreds of articles in various publications in both Malayalam and English, Radhakrishnan has also penned three books. He has worked on a number of multi-episode television series on various topics touching history, economy, literature, etc. He has won multiple awards in journalism and writings on cinema.
When private satellite television made its appearance two decades ago, women journalists were a rarity in Kerala. Sindhu Sooryakumar, a journalist with Asianet News, is one of the boldest faces to have emerged in the process. She takes turns with male colleagues in presenting prime time bulletins and anchoring acrimonious debates. She also produces and presents a hard-hitting weekly political programme, Cover Story, which does not spare politicians of any hue. She is a journalist with Asianet News for last 22 years. She has reported major events, assembly elections, parliament elections and US presidental elections for Asianet News. She is the head of Thiruvananthapuram bureau for the last 6 years. Her show Cover Story, which has drawn attention for the last 12 years, has bagged the State award and many other prestigious awards in journalism. She is a recipient of the PC Sukumaran Award multiple times. She was also awarded the Thoppil Bhasi Award, Abudhabi Kala Award and the Kerala State Television Award.
Ravi Hegde is the Editor-in-Chief of Kannada Prabha – the influential Kannada Daily published out of six centers in Karnataka. He leads the entire editorial operation in Kannada Prabha and is also mentors the editorial leaders of Suvarna News 24x7. Prior to joining Kannada Prabha and Survarna News 24x7, Ravi was the Group Editor of Udayavani and Roopatara, flagship publications of Manipal Media Network Ltd. Among many of his international media assignments, he was part of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh’s media delegation to the 21st ASEAN Summit and the Indo-East Asian Summit held in Cambodia in 2012. During his tenure as the Executive Editor in Kannada Prabha, the newspaper won the prestigious Karnataka Media Academy Award for the Best Designed Newspaper three times in a row. Ravi Hegde is also a 2008 alumnus of the prestigious “United States International Visitor Leadership Program on Edward R Murrow Program for Journalists”. He is the recipient of the 2013 Annual award of Karnataka Media Academy and the 2017 Kempe Gowda Award for his contribution to Kannada Journalism. He was felicitated with the ‘Patrikodyama Bheeshma Shyama Rao Award 2016′, Bangalore Press club and Round Table India ‘Media Titan Award 2015′ and many more recognitions.