Media in Karnataka

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The Indian state of Karnataka has been a leader in electronic communications since opening the first private radio station in Mysore in 1935.

Kannada newspapers


The era of Kannada newspapers in Karnataka started in 1843 when Hermann Mögling, a missionary from Basel Mission published the first Kannada newspaper called Mangalooru Samachara from Mangalore.[1] The first Kannada magazine, Mysuru Vrittanta Bodhini was started by Bhashyam Bhashyacharya in Mysore.[2] Shortly after Indian Independence in 1948, K N Guruswamy started the company, The Printers (Mysore Private Limited) and started publishing two newspapers Deccan Herald (in English) and Prajavani (in Kannada).[3][4] Times of India is the largest selling English newspaper in Karnataka.[5] Tabloids including Lankesh Patrike and Hai Bangalore Adi Jambava Jagruti emphasize controversial topics.[6] Sudharma,[7] the only daily newspaper published in Sanskrit in India is printed and distributed from Mysore.


Doordarshan (DD) is the broadcaster of the Government of India and its channel DD Chandana (previously called DD 9) is dedicated to Kannada. The first Kannada serial Sihikahi (meaning bittersweet in Kannada) was produced and directed by H N K Murthy and transmitted by DD Bangalore in 1983.[citation needed]

Udaya TV was the first private channel to broadcast in Kannada.[8]


All India Radio is based in Karnataka. It has been based in Bangalore since 1955, originating in Mysore.[9]

FM started when Radio City FM started broadcasting in Bangalore on July 3, 2001.[10]


  1. ^ Shrinivas Havanur. "Herr Kannada". Online Edition of The Deccan Herald 2004-01-18. 1999 The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd. Retrieved 2007-06-08. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Kannada Literary Journalists". Kannada Writers. Kamat's Potpourri. Retrieved 2012-12-16. 
  3. ^ "Dream of a visionary". Online Edition of The Prajavani. 2005 The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd. Retrieved 2007-06-08. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Times Group acquires Vijayanand Printers". Online Edition of The Times of India dated 2006-06-15 (© 2007 Times Internet Limited). Retrieved 2007-06-08. 
  5. ^ Shuma Raha. "Battleground Bangalore". Online Edition of The Telegraph dated 2006-11-19. © 2006 The Telegraph. Retrieved 2007-06-08. 
  6. ^ T S Ranganna (2003-10-31). "The public should teach erring newspapers a lesson". Online Edition of The Hindu dated 2003-10-31 (Chennai, India: © 2006 The Hindu). Retrieved 2007-06-08. 
  7. ^ epapertoday. "Sudharma - The only Sanskrit newspaper". Retrieved 2008-08-03. 
  8. ^ "Channel Information". Retrieved 2007-06-08. [dead link]
  9. ^ Deepa Ganesh. "Still a hot favourite at 50". The Hindu. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  10. ^ Deepa Ganesh (2005-06-30). "Radio City 91 FM turns four on Sunday". Online Edition of The Hindu, dated 2005-06-30 (Chennai, India: 2005, The Hindu). Retrieved 2007-06-08.