Aaj Tak is one of the most watched Hindi news channels, according to BARC viewership data of 2019. Between 1995 and 2000, Aaj Tak was a news show on one of the country's public service broadcaster's channels – Doordarshan Metro. The name "Aaj Tak" (“Till Today”) became a popular name and TV Today Network, a listed company and the broadcasting arm of Living Media India Limited, went on to launch a news channel with the same name on 31st December 2000. According to the TV Today Network's Annual Report 2017-18, Aaj Tak has crossed average weekly 112 million viewers touching a maximum of 160.93 millions in 2017-18. On 14 December 2018, Aaj Tak launched its HD version called Aaj Tak HD.
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Media Companies / Groups
India Today Group
Aaj Tak news channel is owned by TV Today Network Ltd (Listed in National Stock Exchange and Bombay Stock Exchange) which is a subsidiary of Living Media India Ltd. Living Media India holds 56.92% stake in TV Today Network Ltd, Aroon Purie holds 0.49% stake, the remaining 42.58% shares are owned by public.
The shareholders of Living Media India Limited are the World Media private Limited (48.15%), IGH holding Private Limited (41.50%) and Aroon Purie and family (10.35%). Purie family through Living Media India Limited holds 5.94% share of TV Today Network Ltd.
100% share of World Media Private Limited is owned by Purie Family: Aroon Purie (52.97%) his wife Rekha Purie (24.17%), Kalli Purie, daughter of Aroon Purie (7.62%), Koel Purie the daughter of Aroon Purie (7.62%) and Ankoor Purie the son of Aroon Purie (7.63%) and through this company Purie family owns 27.4% of TV Today Network Ltd of which Aroon Purie (14.32%), Rekha Purie (6.53%), Kalli Purie (2.04%), Koel Purie (2.04%) and Ankoor Purie, the son of Aroon Purie (2.06%). So, the total the stake of Aroon Purie and family in TV Today Network Ltd is 33.83%.
100% share of IGH holding Private Limited is owned by Essel Mining and Industries Limited. Shares of Essel Mining and Industries Limited is split between 12 companies: Manav Investment and Trading Co. Ltd (10.19%), Gwalior Finance Corporation Ltd. (2.03%), Central India Industries Ltd (2.03%), Rameshwara Jute Mills Ltd (0.77%), Bharat Arogya and Gyan Mandir (1.46%), Birla Holdings Pvt Ltd (3.75%), Umang Commercial Company Pvt. Ltd (12.00%), Meenakshi Steel Industries (2.89%), Mansoon Trading Co. Ltd (3.08%), Jatayu Textiles and Industries Ltd (2.89%), TGS Investments and Trade Pvt Ltd (12.65%), Surya Abha Investments Pvt Ltd (Singapore) 44.30% and 3 Individuals Kumar Mangalam Birla (0.96%), Rajshree Birla (0.45%), Neerja Birla (0.50%).
Shareholding of all the above-mentioned companies are very complex and majority of the share of those companies are owned by other companies. However, we have noticed a pattern where members of Kumar Mangalam Birla family own some percentage of stake in all those companies. Moreover, we have been able to calculate 8% share of Birla family in TV Today Network Ltd but it can be inferred that the family owns indirectly all of the shares of IGH Holding Private Limited.
Hence, it can be concluded that the shares of TV Today Network Ltd is owned by Aroon Purie and family (33.79%) through multiple companies, the Public (42.58%) and Kumar Mangalam Birla family (8% [traceble]). As mentioned above 15.62% shares are possibly owned by the Birla Family.
Group / Individual Owner
Public Shareholding in TV Today Network Ltd is 42.58%, (of which Institutional Holding is 15.48%, Corporate Bodies is 5.03%, Individual shareholders (less than INR 100.000) is 11.25%, Individual shareholders (excess of INR 100.000 is 8.02%, and Non-Resident Indians is 2.75%).
Affiliated Interests Founder
is the Chairperson of the India Today Group and a third major stakeholder in Living Media India Pvt. Ltd. He is the Editor-in-chief of the Group and the Chairman of Living Media India Pvt. Ltd. He also serves as the Chairman and Whole Time Director of TV Today Network – a Living Media India subsidiary that owns and operates television channels like India Today, Aaj Tak, Tez and Delhi Aaj Tak apart from FM radio 104.8 Ishq, and a slew of niche digital channels under the banner MobileTak. Aroon Purie’s daughters Kalli Purie Bhandal and Koel Purie Rinchet help him in running various businesses of the group. Aroon Purie is an alumnus of the London School of Economics and a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountant, England and Wales. He was awarded the third highest civilian award by the Government of India – the Padma Bhushan, in the year 2001.
Affiliated Interests Ceo
is the Chairperson of the India Today Group and a third major stakeholder in Living Media India Pvt. Ltd.
Affiliated Interests Editor-In-Chief
is the Editor-in-chief of the Group and the Chairman of Living Media India Private Limited. See above for more.
Affiliated Interests other important people
has been with Aaj Tak for 15 years. She is an award-winning journalist and news anchor. In 2016, Singh bagged 12 awards in different festivals, that is regarded as quite a record. She anchors and presents the prime time 9 pm show on the channel, called "Khabardar" (Alert). She also leads the team for the digital channel - Bharat Tak (India, So far).
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Since India Today TV is an outlet of TV Today Network, a listed subsidiary of Living Media Inda, most of the data is available in its Annual Report 2017-18. Data on the Board of Directors is available on its website. The financials of the two main individual channels - India Today and Aaj Tak, however, are not available separately and are available only as a composite figure in their Annual Report. We have requested financial information of the individual channels on the 10th of January, 2019 and are awaiting response.