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What makes Ramoji Group ETV Bharat a Stand Out News Portal

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In the world of the news portal, online news platforms are getting really popular due to many reasons. And one of the leading and reputed online news platforms is the ETV Bharat that has a reach of 24 states and services in 13 distinct languages.

 

With the advancement of technology, the media industry developed a lot. And with this progress, all the major news networks are launching their own online news portal. Keeping in mind the necessity of spreading the news online in a variety of languages, the ETV channel network has brought ETV Bharat News portal. As more and more people are inclining towards online information and the majority of the population is smartphone users, it is only logical to spread the latest news through a defined and organized web portal.

ETV Bharat is founded by the Ramoji Group and is one of the largest networks in India that gives newest and hottest news without repeating any. And the best part is even you will find local news as this portal delivers news from all the local districts thereby leaving no news untouched. 

Under the Ramoji Group, the ETV Bharat news portal has separate categories to deliver news in the regional languages such as:

 ETV Marathi

 ETV Mumbai

 ETV Karnataka

 ETV Telugu

 ETV Tamil Nadu and more.

The true essence of any news channel is to have strong and experienced journalists and ETV Bharat has no short of a dedicated team of journalists and news reporters. Proficient journalists with good exposure in the field of mass communication and knowledge in local languages are there to constantly assisting the news portal with fresh and relevant news. One can easily get news from the ETV Newstime anytime. And the web portal also has such features to get live national as well as international news. 

Now let’s talk about how ETV Bharat has become so popular. The story behind this is not just the team but also the infrastructure. The HeadQuarter of ETV Bharat is comprised of a 6 storey building that has 24 studios across the fur floors and in the other 2 floors it has separate office areas. The building is tourist-friendly and one can visit this place to see how wonderfully media serve the society. Here each studio is well equipped with control units, several technologies for live feeds and much more.

 

The technical team has been in constant support of the whole operation throughout the day to deliver uninterrupted news broadcasting. Viewers get news from 725 districts across all the states in India and the news content is found in 13 different languages. The mobile journalists are trained to provide the news easily with the help of the mobile news portal apps.

 

The most helpful part is that one can change their preferred language and location and get news in that chosen language about that particular geographical location. Starting from the Elections news 2019 to entertainment, crime, general topics, sports and whatnot, you will get a huge array of current news daily. 

For more updates and news, stay tuned with ETV Bharat and learn everything live directly from the source. Since unbiased news broadcasting is the main focus of this news portal, one can expect all the trending information along. Readers can also stay informed about all the major news through the 5 mins news bulletin.

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