TV9 (Telugu)

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Launched January 2004
Network Tv9
Owned by Associated Broadcasting Company Private Limited
Country India
Language Telugu
Headquarters Hyderabad, Telangana State, India
Sister channel(s) News9
Jai Telangana TV
TV9 Kannada
TV9 Gujarati
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. It provides 24-hour news coverage in Telugu language and has 7 TV stations in different languages in India.

Early history[edit]

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

In 2004, TV9 ran a series of programs about residents 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]

Broadcast suspension[edit]

TV9 along with Abn andhrajyothi were temporarily taken off air in Telangana by MSOs citing telecast of alleged derogatory programmes, making sarcastic comments on Telangana legislators,the ban came to effect after Speaker of Assembly passed resolution(after serious protests) in assembly to intiate action for alleged objectionable matter. Kcr had appluaded the move saying that the two channels have no right to air programmes that seem to insult culture of Telangana.TV9 ban lasted for a large period of 144 days.


  • The 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.[6]


  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. ^ "'Awards'".