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 using appeal 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 India Times Right-Center biased based on story selection that slightly favors the right and Mixed for factual reporting due to poor sourcing and overly sensationalized headlines.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: India 140/180
Launched in 1998, India Times is an Indian news and media websites based in India. The focus of the website is on news, politics, sports, culture and entertainment, lifestyle, Bollywood Gossip, and technology. In their own words they describe themselves as “Indiatimes is the world’s largest lifestyle network.” The Times Group owns the India Times via its digital arm, Times Internet. Indu Jain is the Chairperson of The Times Group and the CEO of Times Internet is Gautam Sinha. Currently, India Times’ editor-in-chief is Kabeer Sharma.
Funded by / Ownership
The Times Group (Bennett Coleman and Company Limited) owns Times Internet (digital venture of the Times Group), which owns many brands under its umbrella including India Times. The Times Group is India’s largest media and entertainment group.
In 2018, exchange4media conducted an interview with the CEO of Times Internet, Gautam Sinha, who states that revenue is derived from “Advertisements, classifieds, transactions, subscriptions.” The Bureau of Outreach & Communication details the guidelines for Government advertising, which consists of a significant portion of advertising revenue for Indian Newspapers.
Analysis / Bias
In 2019, Reporters Without Borders ranked India 140 in their Press Freedom Index, which is borderline completely lacking press freedom.
In review, India Times publishes articles with emotionally loaded language and with pro-Narendra Modi tone (Current Prime Minister and right-wing nationalist party BJP leader) such as “From Bill Gates To SRK, Here’s The Star-Studded Guest List Of PM Modi’s Oath-Taking Ceremony” and “Maldives To Confer PM Narendra Modi With Country’s Highest Honour ‘Nishan Izzuddeen’”. They also republish articles from the right-leaning The Times of India such as “Fasten Your Seatbelt For Bharat 2.0! Twinkle Khanna Blogs About BJP’s Win & Why Liberals Failed”. Further, they are also critical of the government as well as the opposition: “We May Dream Of Clean Politics, But In Reality 43% Of New MPs Have Criminal Cases Against Them, Including Rape & Murder.” Finally, the website also publishes listicles and under the news section, they publish “weird news”, which is poorly sourced and utilizes sensational headlines.
When it comes to sourcing information, India Times often hyperlinks to itself as well as utilizing government sources such as ncrb.gov.in and other credible sources such as Gizmodo.
When covering world news pertaining to the USA, they cover the Trump administration with a positive tone such as this: “Great Things In Store’: US President Donald Trump Congratulates PM Narendra Modi On ‘Big’ Win.”
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate India Times Right-Center biased based on story selection that slightly favors the right and Mixed for factual reporting due to poor sourcing and overly sensationalized headlines. (M. Huitsing 6/20/2019)