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Indian media and its major shareholders

Indian media is vast as a sea and it consist of different types of communication media expanding from Cinema, television, radio to magazines, newspapers and Internet based websites. The revenue is based on advertisement, sale of copyright material, and subscription. India publishes more than 70,000 newspapers and is one of the biggest newspaper market in the world with over a hundred million copies sold every day, also the country telecasts over 1500 satellite channels. The media is deep and lengthy and besides India has a big film and music industry which is not to be missed when we talk about media. This article will briefly explain the Indian media and who are its major shareholders.

Indian media and its major shareholders 
Indian media is vast as a sea and it consist of different types of communication media expanding from Cinema, television, radio to magazines, newspapers and Internet based websites. The revenue is based on advertisement, sale of copyright material, and subscription. India publishes more than 70,000 newspapers and is one of the biggest newspaper market in the world with over a hundred million copies sold every day, also the country telecasts over 1500 satellite channels. The media is deep and lengthy and besides India has a big film and music industry which is not to be missed when we talk about media. This article will briefly explain the Indian media and who are its major shareholders. 
Today, India’s rank is 138th in the Press Freedom Index and that’s a spot in the last tier among the 195 countries in the world. Much of the Indian media is controlled by large by profit corporations whose owner more or less has political ties. Some sections of Indian media, controlled by businessmen, politicians, and government bureaucrats, often face criticism for biased, motivated reporting, and selective presentation. 
Many believe that earlier Indian media was controlled by the editors, who decided what to publish and that was legitimate, but with the changing times this has turned out to be doubtful. 
Now, let’s talk about who owns the big guns in Indian media. 
Hindustan Times- Started in 1924, it is one of the largest newspapers in India, by circulation and the second most widely read English newspaper after The Times of India. HT is owned by KK Birla group with almost 70% shares and its operations are managed by Shobhana Bhartia, Rajya Sabha member of Congress party and daughter of the industrialist Krishna Kumar Birla. Other 30% are held by companies like Reliance, Bajaj, HDFC, etc. 
The Times Group- The Times Group is India’s largest media conglomerate, it was started under the name Bennett Coleman and Company Limited. It has business expanding from newspaper dailies to monthly magazines and from news and movie channels to FM Radio channels. Today, The Times of India it is the largest circulated English-language newspaper in the world, with over 3 million average qualifying sales. Most of the shares of the Times Group are distributed among Indu Jain (Chairperson), Samir Jain (Vice-Chairman), Vineet Jain (Managing Director), Raj Jain (Chief Executive Officer). 
NDTV- NDTV or New Delhi Television Limited (NDTV) is an Indian television media company founded in 1988 by Radhika Roy. Her husband Prannoy Roy holds 16% stakes in the company while she holds almost 17%. Other 70% stakes are held by several companies like Reliance, Keyman Financial Ltd., Acacia, etc. NDTV has ventures in almost all of the media fields; it has NDTV India, NDTV Good Times, ETV, Homeshop18, etc. 
Jagran- Jagran has Dianik Jagran, the 17th most read newspaper in the world and the largest Hindi newspaper in India by circulation. More than 50% of the stakes are held by the Jagran Media Network Limited, with its CEO Sanjay Gupta, Vice President Sandeep Gupta and other important figures holding some minimal percent stakes. Other major investors are Matthews India Fund, ICICI, Franklin Temptation Investment Funds, etc. 
Sun Group- Most of South Indian media is handled by Sun Group with channels and newspapers like SUN HD, Gemini TV, etc. It is based in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India and was founded by Kalanithi Maran in 1992. Sun TV was listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange on 24 April 2006 upon raising $133 million. Sun Group owns 33 TV Channels across four South Indian languages Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam. Sun Direct is a DTH service provider established in 2008 and is the fourth largest India DTH service provider. The group also owns 70 FM radio stations across India broadcasting under the names Suryan FM and Red FM. 77% of Sun Group is owned by Kalanithi Maran and the rest of the shares are held by employees and individual investors. 

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