Sun TV Network

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Sun TV Network Limited
Public (BSE532733, NSESUNTV)
Industry Mass media
Founded 1993
Founder Kalanidhi Maran
Headquarters Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Key people
Kalanidhi Maran (Chairman)
K. Vijaykumar (CEO and MD)
Products Broadcasting, publishing, satellite television, Internet and movie production
Revenue 22.31 billion (US$340 million) (2014)[1]
7.45 billion (US$110 million) (2014)
Number of employees
1,908 (2011)
Parent Sun Group

Sun TV Network Limited is an Indian mass media company headquartered in MRC Nagar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. It is a part of Sun Group. It has been named as Asia's most profitable media corporation and the largest TV network.[2] Now it facing the serious issues in renewal licence for 33 channels.[3] Established on 13 April 1993, it created and owns a variety of television channels and radio stations in multiple languages covering all Indian states. Its flagship channel is Sun TV, which was the first fully privately owned Tamil channel in India when it emerged. Sun TV Networks are the owners for an Hyderabad-based IPL team Sunrisers Hyderabad, taken over from the Deccan Chargers from 2012.[4] [5]

The company is owned by Kalanidhi Maran, who is the chairman and managing director who was awarded the CNBC Business Excellence Award in 2005.

Products and operations[edit]

Television channels[edit]

Sun Network office in Chennai

Sun Network offers 29 television channels in four languages, generally targeting southern Indian viewers.

SD channels
Category Tamil Telugu Kannada Malayalam
Entertainment channels Sun TV Gemini TV Udaya TV Surya TV
Music channels Sun Music Gemini Music Udaya Music Surya Music
Movie channels K TV Gemini Movies Udaya Movies Kiran Tv
News channels Sun News Gemini News Udaya News
Old song channels Sun Life Gemini Life
Comedy channels Adithya TV Gemini Comedy Udaya Comedy Chirithira
Children's channels Chutti TV Kushi TV Chintu TV Kochu Tv
Action movie channels Sun Action Gemini Action Suriyan TV Surya Action

Sun TV RI (Rest of India) transmits the same Sun TV content but specialized for the rest of India i.e. all states other than Tamil Nadu and enabling the advertisers to focus on specific geographical areas.

HD channels
Category Tamil Telugu Kannada Malayalam
Entertainment channels Sun TV HD Gemini TV HD
Music channels Sun Music HD
Movie channels K TV HD

Print media[edit]

Sun Group’s print media:



  • Kungumam - weekly Tamil magazine
  • Kumguma Chimizh - weekly Tamil magazine
  • Kungumam Thozhi - weekly Tamil women's magazine
  • Aanmigam - weekly Tamil religious magazine
  • Mutharam - weekly Tamil magazine
  • Vannathirai - weekly Tamil cinema magazine

Radio stations[edit]

Sun Network is one of largest radio broadcasters in India with 45 FM radio stations in two radio brands: Suryan FM in Tamil Nadu and Red FM in other parts of India.

State Language 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Tamil Nadu Tamil Chennai Coimbatore Trichy Madurai Tirunelveli Tuticorin Pondicherry
Kerala MALAYALAM Kochi Trissur Kannur Kozhikode Thiruvananthapuram - -
Telugu Hyderabad Tirupati Vijayawada Vishakapatnam Warangal -
Karnataka Kannada Bengaluru Mangaluru Mysuru Kalaburgi - - -
Maharashtra MARATHI /OTHER Aurangabad Pune Nashik Nagpur - - -
Hindi/other Lucknow Faizabad Varanasi Kanpur Allahabad - - -
Gujarat Hindi/other Rajkot Vadodara Ahmedabad - - - -
Hindi/other Indore Bhopal Jabalpur - - - -
Other states Hindi/other Jaipur Bhubaneshwar Jamshedpur Siliguri Asansol Gangtok Guwahati
Other states Hindi/other Shillong Aizwal - - - - -
with a 48.9%
Hindi/other New Delhi Mumbai Kolkata - - - -

See also[edit]


  1. ^ FY 2012 Sun TV Network
  2. ^ Sun, Zee remain top on profitability charts. (2004-12-31). Retrieved on 2013-12-23.
  3. ^ "Problems in Sun TV Network licence 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.