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TV9 Network launches OTT offering 'News9 Plus'

TV9 Bharatvarsh, which recently became the most watched Hindi news channel in India, also celebrated its third anniversary on Wednesday

From L to R - Sant Prasad Rai, Managing Editor, TV9 Bharatvarsh, Hemant Sharma, News Director TV9 Bharatvarsh, Ramu Rao Jupally, Vice Chairman, My Home Group, Promoter TV9 Network, Barun Das, CEO TV9 Network,

The TV9 Network has announced the launch of its offering – News9 Plus- a video magazine OTT service on Wednesday.

Promoted by TV9 Network, News9 Plus is a service that will operate at the intersection of journalism, presentation, and technology. As per the Network, News9 Plus platform is destined to be the go-to app for nuanced news-based content produced with the best-in-class audio-visual storytelling formats.

The launch was done at an event organised to celebrate the unprecedented success of the news television network in India.

India’s top politicians cutting across party lines joined the celebration. Prominent among these included Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister, Piyush Goyal, Textiles, Commerce and Industry Minister, Dharmendra Pradhan, Education and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Minister, Anurag Thakur, Sports, Youth & Information & Broadcasting Minister, Prahlad Joshi, Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Mahendra Nath Pandey, Heavy Industries Minister, Anupriya Patel, Commerce & Industry Minister (MoS), S P Singh Baghel, Law & Justice Minister (MoS), Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister, Delhi and Brajesh Pathak, Deputy Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh and Ashish Patel, Technical Education Minister, UP. 

Among MPs who attended included Tejasvi Surya, President, Bharti Yuva Jana Morcha, Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, TMC and Sukanta Majumdar, President, West Bengal, BJP. 

Corporate leaders who attended included Piruz Khambatta, Chairman, Rasna, Dr Satinder Pal Singh Bakshi, CMD, Bakson Drugs and Pharmaceuticals, Kiran Kumar, MD, Lalithaa Jewellery and Suman Saraf, MD, Radha TMT and Naveen Giria, Director, Girias Investment Private Limited. Prasoon Joshi, lyricist and Chairman, Central Board of Film Certification, too joined the celebration. 

TV9 Bharatvarsh, which recently became the most watched Hindi news channel in India, celebrated its third anniversary on Wednesday.

Barun Das, CEO, TV9 Network, said, “We are extremely pleased to receive a resounding thumbs up for our sterling performance. For us, any celebration is incomplete without the participation of all those who have seen us through our journey to the top. We salute the verdict of viewers with a promise that we shall always endeavour to serve them without fear or favour.” 

He said, “The best is yet to come. We have a commitment to bringing about a qualitative change in the news genre landscape. News9 Plus is one such out of box idea that promises to radically change the art of story-telling in news media.”

Talking about the number one status achieved by TV9 Bharatvarsh, Hemant Sharma, News Director, TV9 Bharatvarsh, said, “Leadership and learning are indispensable. We owe our success to our viewers. We have a responsibility to ensure we continue to earn their trust.” 

BV Rao, Group Editor, TV9 Network, said, “News9 Plus is an audacious attempt to take the news to the OTT space. A generation brought up on watching the best of content on Netflix etc won’t settle for anything other than the best-produced news content. News9 Plus will cater to this Genflix – or the generation that lives on Netflix.”  

Sant Prasad Rai, Editor, TV9 Bharatvarsh, said, “It is a dream come true for me. My team has given their 100% to end the legacy of 22 years and become the No.1 Hindi News Channel.”  

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