The Broken News is a 2022 Indian Hindi language web-series on ZEE5 starring Jaideep Ahlawat, Sonali Bendre, Shriya Pilgaonkar, Indraneil Sengupta, Taaruk Raina, Aakash Khurana and Kiran Kumar. It is a remake of the British series Press. It is written by Mike Bartlett, who created the original, and Sambit Mishra. It is directed by Vinay Waikul.
The Broken News depicts the rivalry between two Indian news channels based in Mumbai – ‘Awaaz Bharati’ and ‘Josh 24/7’. It reveals the lives, lies, loves and struggles of a dynamic group of journalists. Awaaz Bharati a news outlet headed by Amina Qureshi (Sonali Bendre) who is an extremely credible editor who believes in ethics of journalism.
But channel is perennially cash-strapped and bleeding. Josh 24/7, headed by Dipankar Sanyal (Jaideep Ahlawat) is India’s no.1 channel, according to TRPs but is sensationalist, and doesn’t always bother to check its facts. The only things that matter to Josh 24/7 are eyeballs and viewership, hence they have power and are minting money. Between these two extremes is Radha Bhargava (Shriya Pilgaonkar). The show reveals all their lives as they attempt to balance work and leisure, ambition and integrity, amid the never-ending pressure of the news cycle and an industry trying to be one step ahead yet facing an uncertain future.