Rebecca Hawkes ©RapidTVNews | 18-07-2011

News Network, a new television channel for troubled North East India, is set to launch in the first half of August 2011.

Broadcasting news bulletins around the clock from Guwahati, News Network will cater to the population of Assam as well as being distributed around the world via cable and internet protocol television (IPTV) for Assamese living abroad.

The station will be guided by an advisory board, and aims to present the news with “sincerity, impartiality and credibility,” its editor N Thakuria told Kashmir Watch.

Over 100 local cable TV channels operate in North East India – a region which is bordered by Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, Burma and Bangladesh – to cater for its 55 million strong population.

News Network will face competition from the region’s existing satellite channels NE Television, News Live, DY365, NewsTime Assam, Frontier TV and Prime News, which combined broadcast in a mixture of Assamese, Bengali, Hindi and English, as well as some regional dialects.

Prior to the emergence of television channels in the 1990s, the area has a rich tradition of journalism. Indeed, the regional capital Guwahati still supports 30 daily newspapers, half of which are published in Assamese.