A 2018 survey for Research Intelligence by Brand Keys found that the BBC was the most trusted TV news brand and most popular news channels among American viewers, beating out Fox News and PBS.
Fox News Channel (FNC) was founded in 1996 under the ownership of News Corporation and one of the Most Popular News Channels (founded by Australian-born media mogul Rupert Murdoch), the fifth largest media company in the United States behind Sony, the original Viacom (now ViacomCBS), Time Warner (now WarnerMedia), The Walt Disney Company, Seagram and MGM. The network is headed by chief executive officer Rupert Murdoch. The network began broadcasting its programming in high definition in May 2008.
List of Most Popular News Channels in 2020
1. BBC World News
BBC World News is the BBC’s international news and current affairs television channel. It has the largest audience of any BBC channel. BBC World Service Television outside Europe, its name was changed to BBC World on 16 January 1995 and to BBC World News on 21 April 2008.
Headquarters: London, United Kingdom
Owner: Public owned
Films produced: Saving Mr. Banks, Jane Eyre, Sarafina!, Threads & More
Founders: Government of the United Kingdom, John Reith, 1st Baron Reith
Website Link: BBC
2. Fox News
Fox News Channel (FNC), also known as Fox News, is an American basic cable and satellite news television channel that is owned by the Fox Entertainment Group subsidiary of 21st Century Fox.
Parent organizations: Fox Corporation, Fox Entertainment Group, News Corporation Trending
Sister channel(s): Fox Business Network; Fox Broadcasting Company
CEO: Suzanne Scott (17 May 2018–)
Dish Network: Channel 205 (SD/HD)
SKY TV (New Zealand): Channel 088
Website Link: Fox News
The Cable News Network (CNN) is an American basic cable and satellite television channel that is owned by the Turner Broadcasting System division of Time Warner.
Headquarters: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Founded: 1980, Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Dish Network: Channel 200; Channel 9436
Parent organizations: WarnerMedia, Turner Broadcasting System
Founders: Ted Turner, Reese Schonfeld
Website Link: CNN
4. Sky News
Sky News is a 24-hour international multimedia news operation based in Britain. Originally a 24-hour television news channel in the UK, Sky News now provides rolling news on television, online, and on a range of mobile devices.
Headquarters location: London, United Kingdom
Founder: Rupert Murdoch
Motto: First for breaking news
Parent organization: Sky UK Limited
Website Link: Sky News
MSNBC is an American basic cable and satellite television network that provides news coverage and political commentary from NBC News on current events. The network also carries a nightly ‘opinion’ programming block during prime time hours.
Bell Aliant TV (Canada): Channel 243
Bell TV (Canada): Channel 1588 (HD)
Bell Fibe TV (Canada): Channel 1506
YouTube TV: Internet Protocol television
Parent organizations: NBC, NBCUniversal
Website Link: MSNBC
6. Al Jazeera
Al Jazeera literally “The Peninsula”, referring to the Arabian Peninsula), also known as JSC (Jazeera Satellite Channel), is a Doha-based state-funded broadcaster owned by the Al Jazeera Media Network, which is partly funded by the House of Thani, the ruling family of Qatar.
Mozaic TV (Qatar): Channel 100 (SD)
Fetch TV (Australia): Channel 187
Dialog TV (Sri Lanka): Channel 32 (SD)
PEO TV (Sri Lanka): Channel 26
Virgin TV Anywhere: Watch live (UK only)
Parent organizations: Al Jazeera Media Network, beIN Media Group
Website Link: Al Jazeera
Euronews is a multilingual news media service, headquartered in Lyon, France. Created in 1993, it aims to cover world news from a pan-European perspective. Naguib Sawiris, an Egyptian businessman, is Chairman of its Supervisory board.
Headquarters location: Lyon, France
TV show: Good Morning Europe
CEO: Michael Peters (Dec 2011–)
Motto: All Views
Website Link: Euronews
8. Al Arabiya
Al Arabiya meaning “The Arabic One” or “The Arab One” is a Saudi-owned pan-Arab television news channel broadcast in Modern Standard Arabic.
Sunrise TV (Switzerland): Channel 201 (SD)
Freebox TV (France): Channel 674 (SD)
Fukushima TV: Channel 50
Owned by: MBC
Sister channel(s): MBC 1; MBC 2; MBC 3; MBC 4; MBC Drama; MBC Action; MBC Max; MBC Persia; Wanasah; MBC Bollywood
Broadcast area: Middle East and North Africa
Website Link: AL Arabiya
9. Geo News
Geo News is a private Pakistani TV news channel, owned and operated by ‘Independent Media Corporation’, the parent company which also owns the Jang Group of Newspapers.
World TV Europe (Europe): Channel 13
Freebox TV (France): Channel 602
NeufBox TV (France): Channel 630
TV Desi (Canada): Channel 158
PTCL Smart TV: Channel 03
Sister channel(s): List: GEO Entertainment; Geo Super; Geo Tez; AAG TV
Website Link: Geo TV
10. NDTV India
NDTV India (Hindi: NDTV इंडिया) is a Hindi news channel in India that is owned by New Delhi Television Limited. Noted journalist Vinod Dua has been associated with this channel.
NDTV India Live TV: 1
Dish TV: Channel 659
Airtel digital TV: Channel 317
Independent TV: Channel 409
Singtel TV (Singapore): Channel 679
DD Free Dish: Channel 45
Nominations: ITA Award for Best News Channel - Hindi
Website Link: NDTV