TV9 (Telugu)

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January 2004

Founder Chairman = Srini Raju
Network Tv9
Country India
Language Telugu
Headquarters Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Sister channel(s) TV9 Kannada
TV9 Gujarati
Jai Telangana TV
TV9 Marathi

TV9 is an Indian satellite television news network that is owned by Associated Broadcasting Company Private Limited (ABCL). TV9 News channel was founded in 2004 by Ravi Prakash. Upon its launch, it was the first television channel to provide 24-hour news coverage in Telugu language in India. TV9 became popular with the Telugu audience for its bold and unbiased presentation of news. Today tv9 has 7 TV Stations in different languages in India. Today tv9 employees 6000 in India. It has over 200 million viewers all over the world.

Early history[edit]

ABCL was founded as a private media group by a journalist Ravi Prakash[1] in 2003. He was the CEO of ABCL, leading a group of like minded young journalists. The first channel broadcast by the company was TV9, in 2004. It was a 24-hour news channel in Telugu regional language. Following its success in Andhra Pradesh, TV9 expanded its network. Over the years, a few more affiliates to TV9 in different regional languages like Kannada, Marathi, and Gujarati have been set up. From then onwards, TV9 is referred to as TV9 Telugu (Telugu: టీవీ9). All these channels are broadcast from ABCL's head office in Hyderabad, Telangana, India.

Products and services[edit]

ABCL is involved with filmed entertainment, cable network programming, internet services, operating direct broadcast satellite television, and providing content for television in India, the US and Africa. In the US it is associated with Dish Network. In Africa it is the Simba Television network.[2][3]

Social responsibility[edit]

TV9 has organized various programs, both on and off screen, for enhancing the life standards of the public. One of these is helping the flood victims in Kurnool District of Andhra Pradesh.

In 2004, TV9 ran a series of programs to bring attention to the plight of people in Nalgonda and Mahabubnagar districts, who are suffering from fluorosis because of high fluoride in their groundwater . TV9 raised funds for the operations of children with congenital heart disease through their "Saving Little Hearts campaign", a mass awareness program.[4]

TV9 management installed a huge eco-friendly clay Ganesha idol at Hyderabad to raise environmental awareness among the public.[5]

The majority of the government schools across Andhra Pradesh have been lacking in basic facilities like proper buildings, black boards, benches, tables and even books. Most of them have been functioning without electricity, drinking water or drainage facilities. TV9’s seminar on the Right to Literacy in 2006 demanded better conditions in schools.[6]


  • The prestigious Airtel INB award was presented to TV9 CEO Ravi Prakash in 2009.
  • TV9 CEO Ravi Prakash received Malaysian Legendary Award from Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in 2010.
  • TV9 Output Editor Chandramouli received Delhi Telugu Academy Ugadi Puraskar from the then Union Minister Kapil Sibal.
  • Tata Docomo Media Award was presented to TV9's CEO Ravi Prakash by the then Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Sri. Konijeti Rosaiah in 2010.[7]


  1. ^ "'Founder'". 
  2. ^ "'Simba TV'". 
  3. ^ "'Simba Television Network'". 
  4. ^ "I dream to see TV9 as the news headquarters of India". The Sunday Indian. 2011-08-01. Retrieved 2012-03-21. 
  5. ^ "'Green Ganesh' campaign by TV9". The Hindu. 2011-09-01. Retrieved 2012-03-21. 
  6. ^ "'Right to Literacy'". 
  7. ^ "'Awards'".