Sun TV Network

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Sun TV Network Limited
Traded as BSE532733
Industry Mass media
Founded 1991
Founder Kalanidhi Maran
Headquarters Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Key people
Kalanidhi Maran (Chairman)
K. Vijaykumar (CEO and MD)
Revenue Increase 2,703.80 crore (US$400 million) (2017)[1]
Increase 1,490.35 crore (US$220 million) (2017)[1]
Increase 979.41 crore (US$150 million) (2017)[1]
Total assets Increase 4,349.83 crore (US$650 million) (2017)[1]
Number of employees
1,959 (2017)[1]
Parent Sun Group

Sun TV Network Limited is an Indian mass media company headquartered in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. It is a part of Sun Group and is Asia's largest TV network.[2][3] Established on 13 April 1991 by Kalanidhi Maran, it owns a variety of television channels and radio stations in multiple languages. Its flagship channel is Sun TV, which was the first fully privately owned Tamil channel in India. Sun Group has owned Hyderabad-based IPL team Sunrisers Hyderabad since 2012.[4][5]

Products and operations[edit]

Television channels[edit]

Sun Network office in Chennai

Sun Group owns 33 TV channels across four South Indian languages Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam.[6]

SD channels
Category Tamil Telugu Kannada Malayalam
Entertainment Sun TV Gemini TV Udaya TV Surya TV
Music Sun Music Gemini Music Udaya Music Surya Music
Movie K TV Gemini Movies Udaya Movies Surya Movies
News Sun News Gemini News Udaya News
Comedy Adithya TV Gemini Comedy Udaya Comedy Surya Comedy
Kids Chutti TV Kushi TV Chintu TV Kochu Tv
Classic (old films)
Sun Life[7] Gemini Life
HD channels
Category Tamil Telugu Kannada Malayalam
Entertainment Sun TV HD Gemini TV HD Udaya TV HD Surya TV HD
Music Sun Music HD Gemini Music HD
Movie K TV HD Gemini Movies HD

Sun Group plans to launch 7 new HD channels , re-brand 2 SD channels and 2 new SD channels. After this Sun Group will have total of 42 channels.

Upcoming SD Channels
Category Bengali Marathi Kannada Malayalam
Entertainment Sun Bangla Sun Marathi
Classic (old films) Udaya Life (Re-branding of Udaya News) Surya Life (Re-branding of Gemini News)
HD channels
Category Tamil Telugu Kannada Malayalam
Music Udaya Music HD Surya Music HD
Movie Udaya Movies HD Surya Movies HD
News Sun News HD
Comedy Adithya TV HD Gemini Comedy HD

Print media[edit]

Sun Group owns two daily newspapers and five magazines in Tamil. Dinakaran was founded in 1977 by K. P. Kandasamy and was acquired from K. P. K. Kumaran by Sun Network in 2005.[8][9] It is the second largest circulated Tamil daily in India after Dina Thanthi.[10][11] Tamil Murasu is an evening newspaper. The group owns the magazines Kungumam, Kumguma Chimizh, Kungumam Thozhi, Aanmigam, Mutharam and Vannathirai.

Radio stations[edit]

The group owns 48 FM radio stations across India broadcasting under the names Suryan FM and Red FM.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Annual Report 2016-17" (PDF). Sun TV Network. 30 October 2017. Retrieved 30 October 2017. 
  2. ^ "Sun, Zee remain top on profitability charts". 31 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Problems in Sun TV Network license renewal". 2015-06-08. 
  4. ^ "Sun TV Network win Hyderabad IPL franchise". Wisden India. 25 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Sun Risers to represent Hyderabad in IPL". Wisden India. 18 December 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Kalanithi Maran: Defying the odds". Forbes. 25 November 2015. 
  7. ^ "Sun Life". Retrieved 2017-12-28. 
  8. ^ Jeffrey, Robin (24 March 2000). India's newspaper revolution. C. Hurst & Co. p. 79,80,114,135. ISBN 978-1-85065-383-7. 
  9. ^ "Sun acquires Dinakaran newspaper". Retrieved 7 November 2010. 
  10. ^ Judy Franko (13 March 2010). "Tamil daily Dinakaran takes over the lead". Retrieved 7 November 2010. [permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "India's 15 most-read newspapers". 5 May 2010. Retrieved 7 November 2010.