Bernama News Channel, also known as BNC, is a 24-hour international news and current affairs television network in Malaysia. It is owned by Bernama, a government news agency. This channel airs news programmes that are related to local and international business, lifestyle, sports and entertainment.
It is broadcast on the Astro satellite television platform via Channel 502, HyppTV via Channel 410 (previously channel 120, prior to April 2013) and the Fine TV IPTV-based network via Channel 12. Bernama News Channel’s slogan is Baru & Benar (Malay for “Right & Now”).
Bernama’s news bulletins were initially aired on Astro Ria, Astro Prima, Astro AEC, Astro Wah Lai Toi and Astro Vaanavil, but they have since been integrated to this network. The news content on this channel is primarily broadcast in Malay, which is the official language of Malaysia.
However, there are news programmes in English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Tamil as well, in line with the [email protected], Xin [email protected], Sen [email protected] and [email protected] segments respectively. Other shows that are broadcast on Bernama TV include STAR TV [email protected] Star, [email protected] Star and “Helo Malaysia” is a talk show hosted by Sherkawi Jirim.
On 25 May 2016, this channel went into a major re-brand, re-branding itself as Bernama News Channel (BNC).The re-branding exercise includes the changing of the ID, logo and colour scheme of the channel. This change will also let BNC develop original programmes such as magazines, documentaries and human interest programming, in addition to news, to cater to its multi-level audience.