Marathi-language television

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The Marathi language television industry was started in India in 1984. Although earlier confined to a half an hour slot in the national television Doordarshan, the industry has now expanded with many commercial TV channels currently on air. Various dedicated categories like news and movies have been added and have considerably expanded the horizon of Marathi TV entertainment.


Slot programming (1984-1998)[edit]

Marathi Programming on TV started in 1972 on the state-owned Doordarshan channel. Originally confined to a half-an-hour slot, it remained a Doordarshan programme till 1998, when it was increased to a three hour slot a day.

First TV channel (1998-1999)[edit]

In 1998, Doordarshan started a full-blown Marathi channel 24-hrs a day. It was called DD Sahyadri.

Advent of the private channels (1999-2001)[edit]

On 15 August 1999, Zee Network launched Zee Marathi. after some months changed in Alpha Marathi, and later renamed to Zee Marathi, which saw the industry standards increasing.

Zee Marathi was an instant and a phenomenal success, for it addressed a cross section of the Marathi diaspora.

Peak period (2001-2002)[edit]

This period saw many new channels being launched including ETV's ETV Marathi, Prabhat TV and Tara Marathi. Apart from these, many other regional and local Marathi channels were launched.

Stability (2002-2006)[edit]

Since 2002, both Prabhat TV and Tara were shut down. Other three channels, DD-Sahyadri, Zee Marathi and Etv Marathi, stabilised.

ETV Marathi (ई टीवी मराठी) (2000)[edit]

ETV Marathi was started in 2000 by Hyderabad based Mr. Ramoji Rao.

Mi Marathi (मी मराठी) (2007)[edit]

Mi Marathi started broadcasting from Mumbai by Shri Adhikari Brothers. Its title song became popular in no time. Now Convert as Marathi News Channel join with Nikhil wagale (Black Point Show)

News boom (2007) वृत्त वाहिन्या[edit]

The Marathi Television got its first round-the-clock news channel in the form of Zee 24 Taas in the year 2007.

STAR TV launched its Marathi News channel [Star Majha] in June 2007, now it is ABP Majha from 1 June 2012.

Television 18 & Lokmat together formed a joint venture to launch IBN Lokmat in 2008.

In next year i.e. in 2009, TV9 Maharashtra launched.

On 1'st May 2013 another channel launched namely Jai Maharashtra by Mumbai based media group Sahana Films. It's fifth Marathi news channel.

SAAM TV (2008) साम टि.व्ही (२००८)[edit]

SAAM TV started in 2008 from Pune based Media group Sakal.

Star Pravah (2008) स्टार प्रवाह[edit]

Star TV started its GEC Star Pravah in 2008 with flagship serial Raja Shivachhatrapati on the life of Chhtrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Star Pravah is quickly gaining popularity. The channel's official website mentions it as 'Maharashtra's most preferred channel'.

Cinema Channel (2007) चित्रपट वाहिनी[edit]

झी टॉकीज ZEE TALKIES[edit]

Marathi got its first round-the-clock Marathi movie channel in the form of Zee Talkies[1] in November 2007.

Infotainment Channel (2011)[edit]

A&E Television Networks & Network 18 launched History TV18 Channel with multiple language audio feeds including Marathi. But Now from April 2014, they removed Marathi Feed.

Music Channel (2011)[edit]

9X Jhakaas is the first 24-hour Marathi Music TV channel. The channel was launched on 31 October 2011.

Historical interest[edit]

Prabhat: Marathi film star Ajinkya Deo was also the 'Executive Director' of Prabhat Entertainment TV channel Launched in March 2001. The channel was closed in 2002.

Tara Marathi: Launched in March 2002, closed in 2003.

This is a list of Marathi language television channels in India.

DTH availability legend[edit]

Digital Cable TV availability legend[edit]

List of channels[edit]

Television channels[edit]






Upcoming channels[edit]

  • aBNNI TV - S Amarsinh Broadcasting News Network and Investigations[5] " Worlds 2nd rural TV channel
  • Ashirwad Marathi TV
  • News Express Marathi
Radio channels

See also[edit]

  • List of television stations based in Mumbai
  • मराठी दूरचित्रवाणी वाहिन्यांची यादी
  • मराठी दूरचित्रवाहिन्या
  • वर्ग:मराठी भाषा
  • वर्ग:भारतातील दूरचित्रवाणी वाहिन्या


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