Media in Karnataka
The state of Karnataka in India has been in the fore-front of communication with the first private radio station being started in Mysore in the year 1935. Radio which had lost its sheen with the advent of television has regained its popularity mainly with the advent of private FM radio channels which broadcast mainly popular film songs. Kannada newspapers have come a long way from the very first one Mangalooru Samachara published in 1843 to the currently most popular one Vijaya Karnataka.
The era of Kannada newspapers in Karnataka started in the year 1843 when Hermann Mögling, a missionary from Basel Mission published the first Kannada newspaper called Mangalooru Samachara from Mangalore. The first Kannada periodical, Mysuru Vrittanta Bodhini was started by Bhashyam Bhashyacharya in Mysore. Shortly after the 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).  Times of India is the largest selling English newspaper in Karnataka. Tabloids like Lankesh Patrike and Hai Bangalore Adi Jambava Jagruti also find favour because of their publications of controversial topics. Sudharma, the only daily newspaper published in the Sanskrit language in India is printed and distributed from Mysore. Udayavani, Kannadaprabha, Samyukta Karnataka, VarthaBharathi, Sanjevani, Eesanje, Hosa digantha, Karavali Ale are also some popular dailies published from Karnataka.
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. Udaya TV was the first private channel to broadcast in Kannada. Other Kannada channels that broadcast in Kannada include Ushe TV, Zee Kannada, U 2 and most recent recently Asianet Suvarna (June 17, 2007), but these were the channels started from non Kannadigas.
SAMAYA first kannada language 24 hours news channel launched in June 2010.Among the news channels samaya is the first kannadiga owned channel by Satish Sugars Limitd(Electronic Media Division),the Chairman and Managing Director is Satish Jarkiholi.Prominent enterpreneur and politician from north karnataka.
Janasri News (ಜನಶ್ರೀ) is a 24x7 Kannada News Channel. It was launched on 18 February 2011. The positioning line for the channel is Jana Mana Dhani(People, Mind, Voice). It is the fifth Kannada news channel. It was launched by Sanjeev V. Betageri & BKBN Murthy. The channel is famous for its variety of programmes. It is a free to air channel.
Karnataka is the location of the first private radio broadcasting station in India when Akashvani (meaning voice from the sky) was set up in Mysore on September 10, 1935 in the premises of M.V. Gopalaswamy, a professor of psychology. In 1957, the name Akashvani was chosen as the official name of the All India Radio which is the radio broadcaster of the Government of India. Some of the path-breaking Kannada programs broadcast by All India Radio include Nisarga Sampada and Sasya Sanjeevini, which taught science through songs, plays and stories and it became so popular that the entire series was recorded in cassettes and distributed to around 5,000 schools by the Government of Karnataka. It was translated into 18 languages and broadcast from various stations across the country and the BBC even sent a team to make a study of this series. The advent of FM in Karnataka started when Radio City FM started broadcasting in Bangalore on July 3, 2001. All India Radio has its own FM channel called FM Rainbow. Now commercial FM channels are operating in Bangalore, Mangalore and Mysore.
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