Sun TV Network

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Sun TV Network Limited
Traded asBSE532733
IndustryMass media
FounderKalanidhi Maran
HeadquartersChennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Key people
Kalanidhi Maran (Chairman)
K. Vijaykumar (CEO and MD)
RevenueIncrease 2,703.80 crore (US$380 million) (2017)[1]
Increase 1,490.35 crore (US$210 million) (2017)[1]
Increase 979.41 crore (US$140 million) (2017)[1]
Total assetsIncrease 4,349.83 crore (US$610 million) (2017)[1]
Number of employees
1,959 (2017)[1]
ParentSun 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 14 April 1993 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 currently owns and operates 33 TV channels (25 SD + 8 HD) across four South Indian languages - Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam.[6]

Sun Group will be launching 7 new HD channels and 4 new SD channels including network's first channels in Bengali and Marathi languages, marking the entry of the company into North Indian markets.[7] After this, Sun Group will have a total of 42 channels in their bouquet.

Asterisk (*) in the below tables denote upcoming channel; Up-Arrow (^) denotes channels being shut-down.

SD channels
Category Tamil Telugu Kannada Malayalam Bengali Marathi
Entertainment Sun TV Gemini TV Udaya TV Surya TV Sun Bangla* Sun Marathi*
Sun Life Gemini Life Udaya Life* Surya Life*
Music Sun Music Gemini Music Udaya Music Surya Music
Movie K TV Gemini Movies Udaya Movies Surya Movies
Comedy Adithya TV Gemini Comedy Udaya Comedy Surya Comedy
Kids Chutti TV Kushi TV Chintu TV Kochu Tv
News Sun News Gemini News^ Udaya News^
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 Udaya Music HD* Surya Music HD*
Movie K TV HD Gemini Movies HD Udaya Movies HD* Surya Movies HD*
Comedy Adithya TV HD* Gemini Comedy HD*
News Sun News 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. ^ Babu, T. E. Narasimhan & Gireesh (2018-08-13). "Sun TV plans to foray into Bengali and Marathi entertainment space". Business Standard India. Retrieved 2018-10-30.
  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". Archived from the original on 23 January 2013. Retrieved 7 November 2010.
  11. ^ "India's 15 most-read newspapers". 5 May 2010. Retrieved 7 November 2010.