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ABP eyes new regional TV news channels

The Anandabazar Patrika (ABP) group is to launch two more Indian regional language news channels in Punjabi and Odia to add to its existing three, according to a report in Business Standard.

Analysts believe there may be room for more players in the regional news sector in north India, which is less crowded than in other parts of the country. Local stations, plus national networks ETV and Zee, currently dominate regional language TV news in northern India.

ABP bought out News Corp-owned Star's stake in the Media Content and Communications Services (MCCS) platform a year ago when the two companies dissolved their joint venture. The Kolkata-based media group also dropped the Star prefix and rebranded its Hindi, Bengali and Marathi news channels ABP News, ABP Ananda and ABP Majha.

As well as news, ABP has previously experimented with general entertainment in the form of the Bengali channel Sanada TV, which it launched in July 2011. However, the channel was shut down at the end of 2012.

Among its publishing assets, ABP also owns the Bengali daily newspaper Anada Bazar Patrika, English daily The Telegraph, and runs two book publishing houses Anada and Penguin India.

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