M/s TV News India (TNI) is one amongst the first four visual T V News and Current affairs agencies that were notified by the Government of India, Doordarshan Kendra, Ministry of
Information and Broadcasting, New Delhi on October 10, 1985. In order to make news programmes more visual Doordarshan entered into contract with the four T V News Agencies for the supply of news clips and news features.
The agencies are:
These T V News Agencies were mainly to concentrate its activities in those areas where the coverage of Doordarshan’s own team was not comprehensive. Coverage of important development and human interest stories was also assigned to these agencies
The need to have an independent TV News agency was felt by Shri Kamleshwar, the than Deputy
Director General, Dordarshan. Two Prime Ministers- Mrs. Indira Gandhi and British PM Mrs. Margaret Thatcher were to visit Bombay (Mumbai) in April, 1981. It was a big occasion for the
Doordarshan to arrange extensive coverage of two Prime ministers in one city. Mrs. Gandhi and Mrs Thatcher both have very busy schedule in the city and for proper coverage Mr. Kamleshwar designed a strategy that needed about 36 camera teams. It was an uphill task for
Doordarshan to arrange such a huge infrastructure. Those were the initial days of Doordarshan news coverage and infrastructure was very limited. Kamaleshwar discussed the idea with his colleagues- Melville de Mello, Harish Awasthi and Ashok Dubey. Mr Dubey who was working with Doordarshan as correspondent at that time suggested to hire cameras from the market. The government and bureaucratic procedures take lot of time and it
was not possible to get necessary sanction so fast. At this juncture it was desperately felt to have some TV News agencies to meet such challenges in the future.
Kamleshwar took this idea seriously and necessary proceedings were started in this direction. Later on Mr Ashok Dubey resigned from Doordarshan and founded M/s T V News India (TNI).
The T V News India (TNI), in it’s last two and half decades working has covered many important events like Malpa tragedy during Mansarovar Yatra,
Ansal fire in eighties on KG Marg, Delhi, Samastipur train accident, Meerut riots in 1987, Festival of India in Japan in May/June, 1988,
Tehri Dam and rehabilitation of oustees, Atal Behari Vajpayee’s coverage and profile in March 1998, Kargil War in 1999, Pakistan President Musharraf’s visit to India in July, 2001. Beside this hard news coverage special programmes on Kashmir for Kashir channel and rural development were also produced. The news and current affairs programmes produced by the TNI were always appreciated by the viewers, media personalities and satellite channels.
M/s T V News India (TNI) was managed and looked after by Mr Ashok Dubey since it’s beginning in 1985 mainly providing news and current
affairs contents to the DD/DD News and ATN News only. The proprietorship of M/s TV News India has now been transferred to Ms. Poonam Srivastava.
A new managerial and editorial team of Ms. Poonam Srivastava (Managing Editor), Satyam Srivastava (Editor-in-Chief), Mr Ashok Dubey (Chief Advising Editor), Er. Prince Prabhakar (Additional Editor-in-Chief), Vikas Kumar Singh (Executive Editor), Mahadev Chauhan (Political Editor),
Shubhkamna (Editor) and Sunita Bansal (News Editor)
under the guidance of Mr Ashok Dubey (Chief Advising Editor) is working for it’s re-launch at large scale.
The technical aspects of the TNI are being looked after by Er. Prince Prabhakar (Additional Editor-in-Chief). Now we are going in big expansion mode to make available the hard news and current affairs contents especially from remote areas where the presence of news and satellite channels is still negligible. We need your valued suggestions and cooperation to make TNI a success story.
The TV News India (TNI) has its network of correspondents, reporters, stringers and cameraman at the remote areas throughout the country.
For a television news story, visuals are most important input and TNI has planned in such a way that we get visuals from the happening spot.
TNI welcomes freelancers and citizens who can shoot live any happening and send visuals.
Special arrangements have been made to get stories/visuals from the Jammu and Kashmir, Himanchal Pradesh,
Uttarakhand and north eastern states: Assam, Meghalay, Arunchal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim.
Bureau offices have been opened at the capitals of all the states.