Who owns my Media?

In the present era, we are surrounded by a plethora of news sources. These range from social networking sites to Tv channels to newspapers and magazines. It is important to know the people who control these sources to understand their line of argument.

1.The Indian Express

The Indian Express is under the ambit of Indian Express Limited. The group publishes several newspapers- The Financial Express, Loksatta(Marathi), Jansatta(Hindi). Indian Express Limited was founded by Ramnath Goenka and is now managed by Viveck Goenka, adopted grandson of Ramnath Goenka. 

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The Indian Express is known for its investigative journalism and in-depth stories. The opinion column of the paper is flushed with intricate details providing a richer experience than most other English newspapers in India. Ramnath Excellence in Journalism Awards in 2015 became controversial due to the statements of Indian actor, Aamir Khan.

2. Sun Group

The Sun group is very popular in South India. It is owned by Kalanithi Maran, grand-nephew of M.Karunanidhi. Karunanidhi is the president of the political party, Dravida Munnetra Kazgham (DMK). DMK has a stronghold in Tamil Nadu.

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Kalanithi Maran has been recently acquitted by the Supreme Court from the 2G spectrum case due to lack of evidence.

 3.HT Media

HT Media owns the Hindustan Times, radio channel fever 104 FM and business newspaper Mint. Hindustan Times was initiated in 1924 by Sunder Singh, founder-father of Akali Dal. The paper was then bought out by Krishna Kumar Birla in 1933. The media house HT is currently under the ambit of the Birla Group, headed by Shobhana Bhartia, daughter of KK Birla.Shobhana is also the chairperson and editorial director of Hindustan Times.She is a Rajya Sabha member for the Congress party.

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Shamit Bhartia, director of HT, is the husband of Nayantara Kothari.Nayantara is the niece of Mukesh and Anil Ambani.

4.NDTV India

The channel is the think-child of Prannoy Roy and Radhika Roy.Prannoy Roy has been in campaigns such as Save our Tigers, Seven wonders of India and Greenathon.He was cleared in a case in 2013 which involved fraud in upgradations of infrastructure at Doordarshan.The channel has been criticized for airing sensitive footage for 6 minutes of the Pathankot base attack, while the operation was still going on.

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Radhika Roy is the sister of Brinda Karat, a member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist). Karat is a member of the Rajya Sabha.

 5.Information Tv Private Limited

This group owns News X, India News, and The Sunday Guardian. More than 60% of the media house is owned by Mark Buildtech Private Limited, which is controlled by Kartikeya Sharma, son of former Congress Leader Vinod Sharma.

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Also having some share in the group are relatives of former Haryana’s CM, Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

6.The Times of India

The newspaper is owned by Benett, Coleman and Co. Ltd. which is owned by Sahu Jain family. The paper has a centre-right tone to it. It caters to the party in position at the helm and is filled with sensations rather than news.

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It is the most sold daily in the country with advertisements bleeding out left, right and center.

7.Network 18

Network 18 is owned majorly by Mukesh Ambani.The group consists of CNN-IBN ( which was started by Rajdeep Sardesai), IBN 7, MTV, colors, VH1, Homeshop 18, and much more.

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Mr.Ambani, like many other biggies of the country, has never had any problems in having a pleasant relationship with the state in power. The channel CNN, like many others in similar space, is fond of fast-track and breaking news.

 

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