In a recent announcement, Times Network, a part of The Times Group, launched its second English general news channel - Mirror NOW. The channel will serve the expanding universe of the national English audience which is seeing growth on account of increased awareness of socio-economic issues and rapid digitisation.
Rahul Shivshankar, chief editor, Times Now, says in a press release, "As a network that caters to 100 million urban affluent viewers in India, it was important for us to diversify our channel offering and content. With the heavy news flow and emergence of new political and economic centres, there was a teething need to launch a new channel to cater to this segment. We want to provide rich and in-depth content to our viewers and hence our new offering - Mirror NOW. With this channel, we aim to strengthen our position as the leading English Broadcast Network and continue to inform, engage and inspire our audience."
Faye D'Souza, senior editor, Mirror NOW added "With Mirror NOW, the focus will be on citizens and their choice of differentiated content. Mirror NOW will cultivate a loyal viewership with news that affects citizens' day-to-day lives. The channel and our flagship show, 'The Urban Debate', will shine an uncomfortable spotlight on apathy, inefficiency and corruption which is the root cause of most problems that we face as Indians today. 'The Urban Debate', the emerging platform for raising citizens' issues will now run on Mirror NOW at Prime Time between 8pm and 10pm."