Orissa has set up it's first 24-hour news channel. It's Naxatra News channel promoted by Prabhat Ranjan Mallick who has several business interests in Orissa, gone on in air on July 4, 2008. This is Mallick's first venture in the media space. The channel, which is head quartered in Bhubaneshwar. Naxatra News air local, national and international news, with the focus being more on local news. The channel has tied up with Associated Press Television News (APTN) for it's news content. Apart from news, there are various infotainment-based programs as well as talk shows and panel discussions on current issues. Naxatra news is featured with full automatic building 4 media and ENPS also panasonic studio camera is high defination ready.
Naxatra plans to set up a bureau in Delhi shortly and also have plans of opening bureaus in Kolkata, Mumbai and Bangalore in the near future. It has tied up with Lamhas, Mumbai for the purpose of teleport facility.
Ashok Mohapatra has been appointed as Editor-in-Chief of Naxatra News who has 16 years of experience in the print media and has worked with Sambad, the leading Oriya daily.
Apart from the 24 hour Naxatra News there are two other Oriya channels operating in the state - OTV and ETV and both are news general entertainment channels.
Naxatra News , Orissa TV Channel Technical Specifications :
Frequency : 4054 MHz
Symbol Rate : 13230
FEC : 3/4
Polarization : Horizontal
Satellite : INSAT 4A at 83 Deg. East
Frequency Band : C Band
Availability : DD Direct, Dish TV, Sun Direct