Media in Hyderabad

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Hyderabad, in India, has a well-developed communication and media infrastructure, and the city is covered by a large network of optical fiber cables. The city's telephone system is serviced by four landline companies: BSNL, Tata Indicom, Reliance & Airtel. There are a number of mobile-phone companies: Aircel, BSNL, Airtel, Hutch, Idea Cellular, Uninor, MTS, Virgin Mobile, Tata Indicom, Tata DoCoMo and Reliance. Several companies offer broadband internet access.

Radio stations[edit]

Broadcast radio[edit]

The city has a variety of AM and FM radio stations. Two AM and two FM stations in Hyderabad are operated by All India Radio (AIR), officially known as Akashvani. The first FM radio station to broadcast in the city was AIR's Vividh Bharati in the early 1990s. In 2006, commercial FM radio stations were launched in Hyderabad. These stations are broadcast 24 hours a day, seven days a week with programming in Telugu and Hindi. The FM radio stations in the city are:

RADIO CITY 91.1 Show Chart

| Aaraadhana | RJ Suneetha | 5.00-7.00

| Radio City RJ Shiv | 7.00–11.00

| Radio City RJ Suneetha | 11.00–15.00

| Radio City Non Stop Music | 15.00–17.00

| Radio City Potugadu | Potugadu | 17.00–21.00

| Radio City Love Guru | LoveGuru | 21.00–01.00

AM radio stations in the city are:

  • Hyderabad-A 737 kHz
  • Hyderabad-B 1377 kHz

Internet radio[edit]

  • Deccan Radio (24/7 South Indian internet radio)[1]
  • Radio Archana (24/7 devotional station: Radio Archana Sravanam Bhakthi Ki Sopanam) [2]
  • Radio Khushi (24/7 Telugu online radio)[3]
  • Telangana Radio (24/7 Telugu live radio)[4]
  • TeluguOne Radio (24/7 Telugu live radio)[5]
  • Tharangamedia [6]

Television networks[edit]

The first satellite television relay in Hyderabad was started in 1974, with the launch of the state-owned Doordarshan Kendra Hyderabad, which initially telecast through ATS-6 Satellite in collaboration with NASA. It was officially inaugurated on 23 October 1977.[7] The private satellite channels in Hyderabad were started in July 1992, with the launch of Star TV.[8] Today there are numerous satellite TV channels available in Hyderabad.[9] An estimated 2.5 million households use cable TV in Hyderabad.[10]

Doordarshan transmits two terrestrial television channels and one satellite channel from Hyderabad. The Doordarshan Telugu channel, Saptagiri, was the first TV channel launched in Hyderabad in the year 1974. Many private regional television channels began broadcasting from Hyderabad in the following decades. Doordarshan Kendra Hyderabad’s Regional Network in Telugu took on a new identity of "DD Saptagiri" on 2 April 2003.[11] After bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh state, DD Saptagiri was relegated to being telecast from Doordarshan Kendra Vijayawada for Andhra Pradesh while the existing network, renamed DD Yadagiri, was aimed at the Telangana populace. DD Yadagiri's operations have been continued from its current Ramanthapur office, Hyderabad. The channel highlights the Telangana culture and dialect.[12][13]

Telugu television channels broadcast from Hyderabad are:

Satellite channels
Cable channels
  • Aap Tak TV Network - Charminat
  • Azaad news TV [15]
  • CTV
  • Deccan TV [16]
  • G24TV NEWS [17][18]
  • Metro TV
  • S9TV [19]
  • TVH News Telangana [20]

Print media[edit]

Hyderabad has several print-media groups which publish newspapers and magazines in Telugu, English, Urdu and Hindi languages.

The major Telugu dailies include Eenadu, Sakshi, Maa Aksharam Mee Ayudham, Vaartha, Andhra Jyothi, Surya, Prajasakti, Andhra Bhoomi, Andhra Prabha, and Namaste Telangana. The major English dailies are The Times of India, The Hindu, The Deccan Chronicle, Telangana Today, Business Standard and The Economic Times.

The major Urdu dailies are The Siasat Daily, The Munsif Daily, The Etemaad, and The Rahnuma-i Deccan, with The Daily Milap being in Hindi. Besides these major newspapers, there a number of localised neighbourhood newspapers catering to localities.

Magazines published in Hyderabad include the Neadu Telugu daily, Swati, Navya, Andhra Prabha, Andhra Jyoti, Crime Today, Vipula, Chatura, Vanita and Chandamama.The News monthly English magazine.

Film magazines include Tollywood, Sitara, Geeturai Weekly,[21] Siva Ranjani, Santosham and Jyoti Chitra.

Tollywood cinema[edit]

Main article: Cinema of Telangana

Hyderabad is the homeland of Tollywood, the Telugu movie industry. Apart from being a popular entertainment source and India's largest film producer as measured by the number of films made every year (followed by Bollywood), Tollywood also provides livelihood to thousands of its citizens and contributes a large amount of revenue to the local government. Previously, many Telugu films were produced in Madras. However, improvements in Hyderabad's infrastructure and initiatives such as establishing studios like Ramoji Film City (cited by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's largest film studio), Saradhi Studios, Annapurna Studios, Ramanaidu Studios, Ramakrishna Studios and Padmalaya Studios have changed the situation. Not only Telugu films, but films from Bollywood are made in Hyderabad.


  1. ^ Deccan Radio website Retrieved 2011-09-05.
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  3. ^ Radio Khushi website Retrieved 2011-09-05.
  4. ^ Telugu Radio website Retrieved 2011-09-05.
  5. ^ TeluguOne Radio website Retrieved 2011-09-05.
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  7. ^ "Kendra's Origin". 2008. Retrieved 7 October 2011. 
  8. ^ "Invasion from the skies" (PDF). Usha Manchanda: 146. 1998. Retrieved 22 April 2012. 
  9. ^ "Consolidated list of channels allowed to be carried by cable operators/ multi system operators/ DTH licensees in India" (PDF). Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India. Retrieved 13 May 2012. 
  10. ^ "Digitization blacks out over 20L TVs in Hyderabad". Times of India. 2 April 2013. Retrieved 2 April 2013. 
  11. ^ Kendras Origin
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  13. ^ Saptagiri for AP - Yadagiri for Telangana
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