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Drivers of brand equity of television news channels: evidences from emerging market

Madhupa Bakshi (Department of Marketing, NSHM Knowledge Campus, Kolkata, India)
Prashant Mishra (Department of Marketing, Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata, India)

Marketing Intelligence & Planning

ISSN: 0263-4503

Article publication date: 6 February 2017




The purpose of this paper is to map the variables that affect the customer-based brand equity (CBBE) of media channels (television news) in an emerging market context.


The study adopted structural equation modelling (SEM) to investigate the causal relationships between CBBE and the variables that affect brand equity for television news channels.


The analysis revealed that localization, ideology, credibility and entertainment are the variables that influence CBBE of television news channels (media brands). Subsequent analysis using SEM indicated that apart from the sole negative impact of entertainment, all the variables had positive impact on brand equity.

Research limitations/implications

This study is confined to one of the metros of emerging market hence it cannot be generalized. Also the variables that indicate brand equity have been tested only for television news channels hence they may not hold true for other form of television stations.

Practical implications

For marketers of news channels this study identifies the factors that they need to focus on if they want to garner the equity of the brand in an emerging market scenario.

Social implications

The content factors identified that influence television news brand equity are reflections of the social requirements of an emerging market. It indicates what the audiences in such markets expect from their television news channels and is part of the social discussion.


The study contributes to brand equity literature by finding the antecedents that can influence any media brand in the emerging market scenario.



Bakshi, M. and Mishra, P. (2017), "Drivers of brand equity of television news channels: evidences from emerging market", Marketing Intelligence & Planning, Vol. 35 No. 1, pp. 147-162.



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