These media sources are slightly to moderately conservative in bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by appealing to emotion or stereotypes) to favor conservative causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information but may require further investigation. See all Right-Center sources.
- Overall, we rate Business Standard Right-Center Biased based on reporting and story selection that favors the right-leaning ruling party. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting rather than High due to a lack of transparency with shareholders and poor sourcing techniques.
Bias Rating: RIGHT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
Country: India (142/180 Press Freedom)
Media Type: Newspaper
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Founded in 1975, Business-standard.com is the online edition of the Business Standard newspaper, a financial daily published in English and the Hindi language. Its headquarter is in New Delhi, India. Business Standard Private Limited publishes Business Standard. Its primary focus is on the Indian economy and international finance, trade, stock and currency markets, news, politics, business, and technology. A K Bhattacharya is the editorial director, and Shivendra Gupta is the CEO of the company. Uday Shankar is currently the non-executive director of the company.
Funded by / Ownership
Business Standard Private Limited owns Business Standard. Kotak Mahindra Bank bought Business Standard in 1997 from its founder Patrika Group (ABP). The paper’s former editor and chairman were T.N. Ninan, who holds a stake in the company. However, there is a lack of transparency as they do not disclose current shareholders. Business Standard generates revenue from online advertising and subscription fees.
Analysis / Bias
According to a BloombergQuint article dated 2018, “Yes Bank has accused financial newspaper Business Standard of publishing malicious and defamatory news reports, suggesting this was done at the behest of Uday Kotak, owner of the newspaper and rival Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd.”
In review, Business Standard publishes articles with emotionally loaded language and with a pro-Narendra Modi tone such as “A different Modi: The PM is no longer shy of showing his real hand” and “Q4 GDP numbers: Carving FY22 recovery amidst Covid setbacks.” The Business Standard also republishes articles such as “Covid-19 pandemic an opportunity to reshape world order: PM Modi,” using Indian news agency The Press Trust of India Ltd., Indo-Asian News Service or IANS, and Asian News International or ANI.
When it comes to sourcing, they exclusively hyperlink to themselves without providing external links to credible sources. When covering world news about the USA, they cover it through the Associated Press. Finally, during the Coronavirus pandemic, they have reported accurately, supporting the pro-science consensus. In general, Business-Standard reports financial news factually and with a right-leaning bias favoring the government of India.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate Business Standard Right-Center Biased based on reporting and story selection that moderately favors the right-leaning ruling party. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting rather than High due to a lack of transparency in disclosing shareholders and poor sourcing techniques. (M. Huitsing 6/23/2021)