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"We won't be signing off until the world ends. We'll be on, and we will cover the end of the world, live, and that will be our last event... and when the end of the world comes, we'll play 'Nearer, My God, to Thee' before we sign off."
Ted Turner, upon the launch of CNN.

Networks dedicated to news and which run 24/7. They will not always focus on headline news, sometimes showing special reports and having programmes on specific subjects such as new movies. The origin of Missing White Woman Syndrome, since the networks have to fill their 24 hours of news coverage with something, and intelligent, serious content supposedly doesn't get ratings.

See also Alphabet News Network for news networks in fiction.


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    United States  

  • General news networks:
    • CNN - The first 24-hour news network. Was once viewed as the more centrist/moderate of the major American news networks, but has been accused in recent years of a decidedly liberal bias. Has several spinoff networks, which are listed on its page.
    • Fox News Channel - The more conservative-leaning of the American news networks.
    • MSNBC - Until recently, a collaboration between Microsoft and NBC, now 100% NBC. The more liberal-leaning of the American news networks.
    • HLN - Formerly known as CNN Headline News and, before that, CNN2. Its main draw was originally a 30-minute newscast that's repeated all day. Network Decay pushed the newscast out of Prime Time to make way for live discussion programs, and increasing its focus on celebrity news and missing white women.
    • Black News Channel - General news channel aimed at an African-American audience, was eventually absorbed into The Grio.TV.
    • TheBlaze - News channel owned by conservative media mogul Glenn Beck and, therefore, a decidedly conservative-leaning network.
    • Newsmax TV - Channel owned by the conservative website Newsmax.
    • One America News Network - Far-right news network launched in 2013.
    • CBSN - CBS News's 24-hour news network that, along with producing their own content, airs pieces from other CBS News programs and CBS affiliates. Unlike their counterparts, CBSN can only be watched online or on mobile and streaming devices using the CBS News app; sister service Pluto TV also carries it.
    • Current TV - Now defunct, formerly known as INdTV. Was a news network targeted at younger, college-aged viewers and specialized in viewer-generated content. It has spinoffs in the UK and Ireland, Italy, and Canada. It was partially owned by Al Gore and Joel Hyatt. It has a decidedly left-wing perspective, often going well beyond MSNBC's liberal slant. In 2009, two of their journalists were briefly detained by the North Korean government. They snagged Keith Olbermann as Chief News Officer following his departure from MSNBC — then unsnagged him 13 months later after a series of contractual and other disputes. Was purchased by Al Jazeera in order to launch Al Jazeera America (also now defunct).
    • Free Speech TV and Link TV - Both follow a similar approach to Current TV. Free Speech TV is geared toward radical leftist politics while Link TV focuses on cultural programming and world events.
    • Newsworld International - Now defunct, which was owned by the CBC for the first few years of its life (it took its name from CBC Newsworld) and later by the USA Network (which at the time was owned by Vivendi Universal). It broadcasted a mix of Canadian and international newscasts. Was bought by Al Gore and Joel Hyatt in 2004, and turned into Current TV the following year; the sale coincided with the sale of Vivendi Universal Entertainment to NBC.
    • Scripps News - Formerly Newsy TV, was originally a premium streaming-only news channel, but due to lagging viewership, was relaunched as an over-the-air and streaming free news television network, with an enhanced focus on investigative journalism. Vaguely moderate-leaning. Emphasizes a return to more traditional news output as an alternative to the sensationalized reporting from cable news networks.
  • Financial news networks:
    • CNBC - The Consumer News and Business Channel. Business news during trading hours (9AM-4PM New York time), business analysis and punditry in the evening, and money-related documentaries (and, of course, infomercials) by night. Most famous for Jim Cramer, the host of Mad Money, who got into a feud with Jon Stewart. Despite sharing a parent with MSNBC, CNBC is (as one might expect given its subject matter) home to several conservative pundits; some have complained that they spend too much time moaning about liberals and not enough time actually reporting business news.
    • Fox Business Network - News Corp's answer to CNBC. Like its competition, it indulges in the occasional bit of punditry. Lou Dobbs also appears to have landed here.
    • Bloomberg Television - Was founded by, and named for, billionaire Michael Bloomberg, who was also the mayor of New York City for several terms. Noted for its almost excessively technical focus on business and the utter lack of political commentary in either direction.
    • Cheddar - Streaming news network focused on millennials, featuring reporting live from the New York Stock Exchange.
  • Other news networks:
    • ESPNews - Former 24-hour version of ESPN's Sports Center, but budget cutbacks eventually cut it to "Sportscenter when the ESPN's can't carry it", along with repeats of sports talk shows.
    • CBS Sports HQ - Free streaming sports news channel that includes news, highlights, interviews, and analysis of the day in sports. Unlike ESPNews, the network does not run any live sports itself or talk show reruns from CBS Sports Network.
    • SportsGrid - Broadcast/streaming channel covering sports news and gambling analysis.
  • Regional news networks:
    • Chicagoland Television - Better known as CLTV, it was a 24-hour regional cable news television channel based in Chicago and owned by Tribune Media (hence it is based in the studios of WGN-TV). Shut down in 2019 by new owners Nexstar (who acquired Tribune that year).
    • NY1 - New York City's own 24-hour news network. Robin Scherbatsky worked here before moving to a CNN Expy. Owned by Charter (previously Time Warner Cable).
    • Spectrum News - Renamed from Time Warner Cable News after the Charter deal; Spectrum being Charter's primary consumer brand. Covers the remainder of New York State, as well as areas in Texas, North Carolina and Florida (Florida's channels are separately named for now; they were owned by a joint venture of Time Warner and Advance-Newhouse called Bright House Networks, also acquired by Charter). (They were previously named Your News Now; before that they all had individual names.)
    • News 12 - Series of cable news channels owned by Optimum (previously Cablevision and now Altice USA after being bought by a French company), a New York City-based cable provider. Seven of the channels are general news networks covering parts of the New York metropolitan areanote  (with the exception of Manhattan and Staten Island, as Altice does not have its' Optimum TV ops in those areas), and five of the channels cover traffic and weather for different parts of the region.note 
    • New England Cable News - Based in Boston and covering news in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island; owned by Comcast, it was created in 1992 as a joint venture between regional predecessor Continental Cablevision note  and local TV station WCVB-TV's owner Hearst Television; Hearst sold their stake to Comcast in 2009, who have since integrated it into their Comcast SportsNet division, resulting in a similar looking logo from 2009 until 2015. They're also being used as the groundwork for NBC's new Boston station after NBC and their former affiliate, WHDH, had a dispute in 2015 which led to NBC ending their affiliation.
    • Northwest Cable News - Seattle-based network which covered Washington State, Oregon and Idaho. Owned by King Broadcasting when it launched in 1995, using their stations in Seattle, Spokane, Boise, and Portland to supply the channel; then Belo Corp. acquired them in 1997; 2014 had them acquired by Gannett (which acquired Belo in the last few months of 2013), which then spun off their TV assets as TEGNA in 2015. TEGNA killed it in January 2017 as the Justice Network required carriage in Boise, and station apps can now do what a thirty-minute loop of programming can't easily.
    • Texas Cable News - Dallas-based network owned by Belo (and then Gannett/TEGNA), using their statewide chain of TV stations: ex-Belo flagship WFAA in Dallas, KHOU in Houston, KENS in San Antonio and KVUE in Austin; didn't do well (mainly because of their split with Time Warner Cable over joint stations launched in Houston and San Antonio which shut down quickly), as well as budget problems; they stopped original production in 2005, and they mainly repackaged stuff from the Belo/Gannett/TEGNA stations for its' last few years. The network was finally put out of its' misery in April 2015.
    • CBSN Local - Set of spinoffs of the above-mentioned CBSN. Based out of CBS' owned-and-operated stations, they use the originating station's anchors and reporters. Beginning with CBS' flagship WCBS-2 in New York, CBSN Local has gradually launched across the O&Os. Just like the national CBSN, the localized CBSNs are not available through traditional means, only via online, apps, and Pluto TV. (If needed, the national CBSN feed can simulcast the local variants.)

  • English:
    • CBC News Network (CBCNN) - Canada's first 24-hour news network and the third oldest in the world. Operated by the publicly-funded CBC, it is often accused by critics of having a left-wing bias (although some other critics accuse it of having a right-wing bias in some coverage). Formerly known as CBC Newsworld until rebranding in 2009.
      • Programs include: CBC News Networknote , Power and Politicsnote , The Exchangenote , The Nationalnote , The Fifth Estatenote , The Passionate Eyenote , and Marketplace note 
    • CTV News Channel - Canada's first privately owned English-language news network. Formerly known as CTV News1 and CTV Newsnet. Owned by the CTV division of Bell Media.
      • Programs include: Canada AMnote , CTV News Channelnote , PowerPlaynote , and CTV National Newsnote 
    • Business News Network (BNN) - 24-hour business news channel. Formerly named Report on Business Television (ROBTv). Owned by Bell Media.
    • CablePulse 24 (CP24) - Regional cable news channel serving Toronto and Southern Ontario. Hosts a large number of call-in shows and live newscasts throughout the day. Owned by Bell Media. (The name is an Artifact Title from the days of CHUM Limited, when it was a spinoff of the original Citytv and their news operation, known at the time as CityPulse.)
    • Global Television Network News: BC 1 (BC 1) - Regional cable news channel serving British Columbia. Owned by Shaw Media.
      • Programs include: Up Frontnote , AfterNoonnote , Unfilterednote , and Primenote 
    • Sun News Network - First national English-language news channel to shut down. Named after the Sun newspaper chain, its on-air brand made no secret of its right-wing leaning and was modelled after Fox News (In fact, critics of the network often called it "Fox News North"). Was owned jointly by the Sun Media and TVA divisions of Quebecor Inc.
      • Programs included: Straight Talknote , Battlegroundnote , The Arenanote , Bylinenote , and The Sourcenote 
      • After a short life of low ratings and alleged broadcast standards violations (which supposedly included at least one staged news event and several libel suits filed against their star commentator, Ezra Levant) and failed regulatory proposals to be designated a basic cable channel, the network was abruptly shut down on February 13, 2015 as Quebecor prepared to sell the Sun Media division to the Postmedia newspaper conglomerate. You can see its final minutes here.
  • French:
    • ICI RDITranslation  - French-language counterpart of CBCNN. Formerly named as Réseau de l'Information ("Information Network") and formerly abbreviated to RDI.
    • Le Canal Nouvelles (LCN)Translation  - Quebecor's French-language network operating in Quebec as a sister channel to regional network TVA.

    Latin America  
  • Foro TV - News network by Televisa, which used to be exclusively for Mexico City, but it changed its focus on international news over time, and the blind spot of their news editing section, as many news that aren't even mentioned on their prime-time news on its main channels appear here. It also shows movies on Sunday noon for some reason.
  • Milenio Televisión - Mexican news channel from Monterrey, Nuevo León. It's the television offshoot of the Milenio newspaper, is a sister channel to Multimedios Television, and it has the same news format as CNN.
  • Telesur - Channel sponsored by various Latin American governments not allied with the United States, lead by Venezuela and Cuba, top U.S. publicity targets. Has Danny Glover on its advisory board, due apparently to his friendship with Hugo Chavez of Venezuela.

    United Kingdom  
  • BBC News Channel - Formerly known as BBC News 24. Features a Red Button Interactive service.
    • BBC World News - Intended for foreign consumption. The most watched news channel on the globe.
  • Sky News - First British 24-hour news network.
    • Sky Sports News - 24-hour sports news network.
    • Now - Existed for some months in 1990, was owned by the former British Satellite Broadcasting (BSB), which merged with Sky the same year; originally a 24-hour news channel, it later showed lifestyle programmes in the days and current affairs shows in the evening. As it ended, Now faded into the clock of Sky News, and the newsreader welcomed those watching on the Marcopolo satellite.
  • ITV News - Closed down in 2006.
  • There are also British versions of American networks such as CNN and Bloomberg (usually marketed as European or International versions), and an English language version of Euronews aimed squarely at the UK and Ireland.

  • Euronews - Pan-European news network. It broadcasts the same reports simultaneously in several languages (differing by location and satellite system). It basically just runs bulletin-type stories, just like pre-decay HLN, and given that it has to run in several languages simultaneously, there are no presenters and reports take the form of "footage + voiceover" with occasional quotes from whoever the story is about.
  • France 24 - External service news channel that broadcasts in French, English, Arabic and Spanish.
  • Canal 24 Horas - Spain's 24-hour news network.
  • Deutsche Welle - German 24-hour news network.
  • RT note  - Russia's external service, available in English, Arabic, Spanish, and Russian. Distinctively shares the Putin perspective on international and domestic affairs, and is known for its coverage and interviews of fringe figures within politics. During the 2008 Russian invasion of Georgia, the anchors repeatedly mocked the Georgian President on-air.
  • SIC Notícias - 24-hour news sister channel to the free-to-air SIC, has the distinction of being the most-viewed channel on Portuguese cable, ahead of such channels such as AXN and Fox.
  • TV2 Nyhetskanalen - Norwegian 24-hour news network.
  • TV2 News - Danish 24-hour news network.
  • Journaal 24 - Dutch public 24 news-channel, will patch through Al Jazeera if they have better coverage. The rest of the time they tend rerun the news-bulletin a lot.
  • Actua TV - Flemish 24-hour news network.

  • NHK World - Official world version of the state-owned NHK channel; usually a best-of of NHK's news output and documentary programming, has essentially gone 24/7 due to coverage of the March 2011 earthquake/tsunami/nuclear plant crisis.
  • All-Nippon News Network - Japanese news network owned by TV Asahi.
  • Japan News Network - Japanese news network owned by Mainichi Broadcasting System.

  • CCTV News Channel - 24-hour news channel of the state-owned China Central Television, and the official mouthpiece of the Chinese government.
  • Phoenix InfoNews Channel - Privately-owned news channel.
  • CCTV-9 - English-language news network. In addition to news, the network airs cultural programs, Chinese-language lessons, and travel documentaries.
  • CNC World - Channel owned by the state-run Xinhua News Agency.

  • YTN - South Korea's largest news network. Often called "Korea's CNN."

  • Door Darshan (DD) note  - The government's news channel. Was the only news channel in India until the 1980s, when private players were allowed to open shop. Generally well-researched and documented news, but has an unfortunate tendency to slip into propaganda pieces, since it is the official mouthpiece of the Government of India. Has a number of affiliated channels on almost every topic (Sports, Politics, Finance, Agriculture, and so on) as well as one channel in every major language of India. Also live-broadcasts the government's sessions of Parliament, where one can amuse themselves by seeing Indian leaders enter brawls on the parliament floor.
  • New Delhi Television (NDTV) - One of the largest English-language networks. Generally considered to be impartial, but has in recent times been accused of having a decidedly anti-Right bias (while not being explicitly pro-left, funnily enough). Basically, its the Indian version of CNN. Has recently been embroiled in a series of tax-evasion scandals, and the association of it's founding members with India's Communist parties has certainly not helped it's reputation. It operates the following three news channels:
    • NDTV 24x7 - English-language service.
    • NDTV India - Hindi-language service.
    • NDTV Profit - Mostly financial news, with some opinion-pieces in the evenings.
  • Aaj Tak - Hindi-language news network. Its name translates as "Till this Day" or "Up to the Minute." Famous for it's investigative journalism and firebrand news anchors, as well as some decidedly pointed political punditry. Generally swings centre-right.
  • India TV - Hindi-language news network. Most of its time is spent defending its journalistic integrity against accusations of sensationalism and lack of ethics - and then putting out content that simply reinforces the perception. For example, during the 2008 Mumbai attacks, it interviewed two of the terrorists.]] While they were busy killing the locals. On live prime time. And thus letting their handlers in Pakistan direct them more efficiently. This is one of the tamer incidents, [[UpToEleven mind you.
  • Times Now - India's largest English-language news network, having recently outpaced NDTV 24x7. Owned by The Times Group (which publishes the The Times of India newspaper). It's an almost exact copy (Indianised, naturally) of Fox News. Right down to having a Bill O'Reilly expy named Arnab Goswami (who has been endlessly parodied by practically everyone, with his memetic Catchphrase "THE NATION WANTS TO KNOW!!" ). Said anchor eventually left the network to start his own news channel called Republic TV. And much like Fox News, Times Now has a decidedly Right-wing slant to almost all of its reporting.
  • Zee News - Hindi-language news service. Unabashedly nationalistic and sensationalist news, but has done some investigative journalism as well.
  • CNN-IBN' - English-language channel licensing the CNN brand but featuring an original lineup of programming.
  • CNBC-TV18 - Financial news service with some financial opinion-pieces on non-market days and in the evenings.
  • In addition to all of these, there are several local news stations as well for each state, usually in the state's native language. Some of the larger ones are listed here.
    • Eenadu (As of Today) - A Telugu-language service operating in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
    • Gemini News - Multilingual service (Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam) operating in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
    • AsiaNet - Malayalam and Tamil news service.
    • IBN Lok Mat (IBN People's Bulletin) - Marathi news service, operates mostly in Maharashtra.
    • TV9 Gujarati - Gujarati news service.

  • ARY News - English and Urdu-language news network based overseas in Dubai. It was shut down for a brief period in November 2007, and only returned after the network promised to provide no coverage critical of Musharraf's government.
  • Dawn News - English-language news network launched by then-President Pervez Musharraf in 2007.
  • Express News - Urdu-language news network.
  • GEO News - Urdu-language news network based in Karachi. Like ARY News, GEO was taken off the air for a time in November 2007. It was banned again for a period in March 2009 and again for supporting anti-government protests by lawyers. It is currently the most popular news network in Pakistan.

  • Channel NewsAsia - English-language, state-owned news network. Free to air domestically, requires pay internationally. Has a reputation for being fairly impartial, except for anti-China and anti-Malaysia bias in some web content and documentaries. Noted for its high production values.

    Middle East  
  • Al Jazeera - Pan-Arabic news network (with both Arabic and English versions) based in Qatar. Criticized by both Western leaders for its supposedly anti-Western stance (it's often the first channel to broadcast video tapes released by al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups), and by governments within the Middle East for coverage that is critical of them. Nevertheless fairly well-regarded, with Arabic-speaking independent media critics mostly taking offense to their occasional sensationalism and their tendency to softpedal what little news comes out of Qatar. Their English version snagged legendary British television journalist Sir David Frost as an on-air personality. The name's literal translation is "The Island," and is understood as "The [Arabian] Peninsula."
  • Al Arabiya - Pan-Arabic news network based in Dubai and funded by the Saudis; despite this, its reporting is considered reasonably objective (with a slight tendency to softpedal Saudi news). It was launched as a direct competitor to Al Jazeera, and is more openly critical of Islamic radicalism and the Iraqi insurgency. The Iraqi and Iranian governments have cracked down on it for its critical reporting. Its name just means "The Arab/Arabic One."
  • Press TV - English-language news network backed by the Iranian government. It takes a stridently anti-Israeli position and has openly promoted Holocaust denial. Current TV home of British MP George Galloway. This news station is only respected by people who love to wear Tinfoil Hat. Banned from British carriers due to content violations.
  • IRIB News - Persian-language state-owned Iranian news outlet that runs news on how Islamic Republic doesn't totally suck. As expected of Islamic Republic, you can expect some cringe while viewing the channel, that is, if you understand the Indo-European language of Persian.
  • Most Middle Eastern countries have state-owned 24-hour news networks. Many just run the news bulletin over and over again, but some run original programming. Inevitably follows the government line.
    • Al Ekhbariya - Saudi Arabia's state-owned, Arabic-language news station. Naturally follows the official Saudi line on everything. Its name means (more or less) "The One With The News/Information."
    • An-Nilnote  - Just like the above except for Egypt. Since the Revolution of 2011, it's been rather confused, as they seem to be the last to know who's actually in charge of the country at any given moment.
  • Foreign stations in Middle Eastern languages also deserve a mention, as they're often just as widely-viewed as others:
    • Al-Hurranote  - Sponsored by the Voice of America. Launched in the wake of the invasion of Iraq, it's never quite shaken the image of being an American propaganda mouthpiece. Nevertheless mildly popular in Iraq on account of a slight bias towards focusing on Iraqi news and issues.

  • A24 - Pan-African news network headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya.
  • SABC News - Official news network of the state-owned South African Broadcasting Corporation.

  • Sky News Australia - Owned by News Corp. Australia. Conservative-leaning news and opinion network, similar to News Corp's Fox News. Normally a paid cable station, content from it and its sister channels are recycled into the free-to-air Sky News Regional channel.
  • ABC News TV - Formerly known as ABC News 24. The television arm of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Has nothing to do with the American network ABC.

  • ANC - One of the Philippines’ 24-hour English news channels on cable.
  • One PH - Formerly Aksyon TV, a 24 hour free TV news channel, at least until 2013. It rebranded in 2019 into One PH, and spun off a sports channel called 5 Plus, which in turn became One Sports after less than a year.
  • GMA News TV - Ditto, but started a bit later. Its parent company is the bitter rival of those of the other two mentioned above. It rebranded in 2021 into a more generalist channel called GTV.

Alternative Title(s): Cable News