Politicians today race for their own TV news channels to manage their image, woo voters and bring down rivals.
Top 10 TV news channels
Times Now is part of the Times group which is a very big media house which operates Times of India, Mid-Day, Nav-Bharath Times, Stardust, Femina, Vijay Times, Vijaya Karnataka and Times Now. Times Group is owned by Bennet & Coleman. The Italian Roberto Mindo who has a share in the group is a close relative of Sonia Gandhi.
If any channels were left from this list, then it can be either because the politicians have done a good job in hiding any direct links or because I got bored of researching all of them.
Besides politicians’ businessmen also like to have some control over media and they either have a share in media companies or they give their shares to media companies in exchange for favorable news. All business channels giving stock market advice are so notorious for advertising that the Govt. of India has warned stock investors to heed to the advice given by the media on their own risk.
The truth is that all mass media in India has become corrupt and the only source of trustworthy news that is left is the internet through blogs and small news sites or through social networking sites such as Twitter where news comes directly from the source to the public. If there’s someone making money while delivering the news from the source to the public, you can rest assured that it won’t be a 100% true.
NDTV is owned by Prannoy Roy. The NDTV group owns NDTV India, NDTV Good Times, NDTV 24×7 and NDTV Profit and other channels. NDTV is known to be sympathetic to communists. The Bengali Roy is married to Radhika Roy whose sister is Brinda Karat a Rajya Sabha member of CPI(M). Brinda Karat is married to Prakash Karat who is the General Secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist).
Rajeev Shukla, among other things, is the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Planning and the secretary of the All India Congress Committee. He controls News 24 with his wife Anuradha Prasad. They also own Aapno 24 and E24. Interestingly Anuradha Prasad is the sister of BJP leader, Ravi Shankar Prasad.
India News is owned by Karthikeya Sharma, brother of Manu Sharma who was sentenced to life imprisonment in the Jessica Lal murder case. Karthikeya Sharma owns the ITV Media group that operates many news channels including News X. Karthikeya and Manu are sons of Congress leader Venod Sharma.
Rajendra Dadra, the Minister of School Education of Maharashtra and his brother Vijay Dadra, a Rajya Sabha member, both of Congress, control Lokmat which is the largest selling Marathi newspaper in Maharashtra. The group also owns IBN Lokmat in association with the TV18 group.
Even with all this political control of television in Tamil Nadu, the top honors go to DMK chief Karunanidhi’s nephew Kalanithi Maran. He controls Sun TV, Sun News, KTV, Sun Music, Chutti TV, Sumangali Cable, Adithya TV, Chintu TV, Kiran TV, Khushi TV, Udaya Comedy, Udaya Music, Gemini TV, Gemini Comedy and Gemini Movies. Karunanidhi himself owns Kalaignar TV and a close associate M. Raajhendran owns Raj TV and Raj Digital Plus.
Named after its owner, Jaya TV is owned by Jayalalithaa, the AIADMK chief. She also owns Jaya Max, Jaya Plus and J Movie. She owns all this through the holding company Mavis Satcom Ltd. But she is not alone in Tamil Nadu to own television channels. Congress owns Mega TV and Vasanth TV while Vijayakanth of DMDK owns Captain Tv.
Kolkata TV is a 24-hour Bengali news channel launched by SST Media in 2006. This Kolkata TV now owned by R.P.Techvision (India) Pvt. Ltd. The headquartered of the channel is at Kolkata, West Bengal (near Park Street, 119 Park Street, White House). Kolkata TV has a wide range of program’s ranging from hourly news, analysis of major news events as well as international news.
PTC is a Punjabi television network from India and is owned by PTC Network. It features general interest programming including news, dramas, comedies, music, and talk shows. PTC Punjabi commenced operations on 6 August 2008 and in a year, had become the most popular television network in Punjab. Owned by: G NEXT MEDIA PVT LTD (Shiromani Akali Dal Supporter).
Asianet News (formerly Asianet Global) is a Malayalam language news channel from Asianet News Network (ANN). Asianet News Network operates as a subsidiary of Jupiter Entertainment Ventures (Jupiter Capital Ventures). The channel is based in Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala).
Rajeev Chandrasekhar the founder and chairman of Jupiter Capital Pvt. Ltd, financial services and investment company. One of Jupiter Capital’s portfolio companies’ Asianet News is also the main and largest investor of ₹30 crore (US$4.2 million) for Republic TV.