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ABP News is an Indian news channel owned by ABP Group. It was earlier known as STAR News and was owned by a joint venture between News Corporation owned STAR TV/Fox International Channels.
STAR News was launched in February 1998. From 2003 STAR News became a complete Hindi News Channel. It was the first bilingual (English - Hindi) news service and was initially run by STAR on its own with NDTV doing the production till 2003. But when the agreement with the NDTV expired in 2003 STAR News was transformed into a complete Hindi News Channel part of STAR and ABP tie up.
On 16 April 2012 Anandabazar Patrika (ABP) Group announced that they would part ways allowing the Rupert Murdoch-controlled company to retreat from the news business in India to focus on entertainment. With the divorce the eight-year affiliation with the 'Star' brand came to an end. Media Content and Communications (MCCS) the company that owned and operated the news channels said that after the split Hindi news channel Star News would be named ABP News Bengali news channel Star Ananda would become ABP Ananda and the Marathi news channel Star Majha would be called ABP Majha. A Punjabi language version of the channel called ABP Sanjha is expected to launch soon.
Launched February 1998 (as STAR News)
1 June 2012 (as ABP News)
Owned by ABP Group
Picture format 4:3 (576i SDTV)
16:9 (1080p through Star Plus during news updates)