India TV is one of the leading 24-hour Hindi news television channels in India. The channel was launched by Rajat Sharma, and his wife Ritu Dhawan in April 2004. The channel rode on the popularity of Rajat Sharma, the man behind “Aap Ki Adalat” (Your Court), a mock courtroom session where he put celebrities in the dock and grilled them in an hour long show. Initially, the show began on Zee in 1993, which Sharma took with him when he launched his own channel. Rajat Sharma is the Editor-in-Chief of the channel today. Some of the popular shows on the channel include – Aap ki Adalat, Aaj Ki Baat (Topic of the Day) among others. The channel won the Indian Television Awards (ITA) for the Best Hindi news channel in 2016. India TV also won the “Most Innovative News App Award 2018” at the DIGIPUB World Second Edition Awards.
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Independent News Service
India TV is owned and managed by Independent News Service which holds 100% control of the channel. Independent News Service was founded by Rajat Sharma and his wife Ritu Dhawan in 1997. Rajat Sharma and his wife Ritu Dhawan hold 29.60% share each in the company which stands together at 52.2% direct share.
The remaining shares of the company are held by Nextwave televentures Private Limited (23.08%), Milestone Tradelinks Private Limited (12.62%), Independent Media Private Limited (2.79%) and CV Global Holdings Inc (2.30%).
Rajat sharma and his wife Ritu Dhawan hold together 89.36% share of Independent Media Private Limited and through this company hold 2.47% share of Independent News Service. Mr. Rajat Sharma and his wife Ritu Dhawan jointly hold 61.67% share of Independent News Service both directly and indirectly.
Trendy Ventures Private Limited holds 100% share of Nextwave Televentures Private Limited which owns 23.08% share of Independent News Service. Surendra Lunia owns 100% share of Trendy Ventures Private Limited and through this company via Nextwave Televentures Private Limited owns 23.08% share of Independent News Service.
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is an Indian journalist born on 18 February 1957. He did his graduation in Commerce from Sriram College of Commerce in Delhi. Rajat Sharma started his career as a reporter with a print magazine, Onlooker as a trainee. Later he became the Chief of Bureau and Editor of Onlooker. After working with the Sunday Observer as the Editor, Rajat Sharma first shot into prominence with his show, Aap Ki Adalat (Your Court), where he put celebrities in the dock in a mock courtroom session. The show which went on air in Zee TV in 1993, was an instant hit, and launched Rajat Sharma as a celebrity face in Indian news television. In 1997, he quit Zee Group and formed the Independent News Service, INS– the company that owns the channel - India TV. In April 2004 he co-founded India TV – a 24-hour Hindi News channel with his wife Ritu Dhawan. Currently he is the Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of India TV. He is also the President of News Broadcasters Association of India (NBA), Director of Strategic Affairs of The Indian Broadcasting Foundation and President of Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA). He is also the Director in a number of companies with businesses in Real estate, Education, Production and Publication. The companies are Knowledge Tree Infrastructure Limited, India TV Interactive Media Private Limited, India TV Film Academy Private Limited, India TV Broadcast Company Private Limited and Independent Media Private Limited.
Rajat Sharma’s wife, is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Independent News Service (INS), the parent company of India TV. She is also the Director in a number of companies with interests in Real estate, Education, Communication, Production and Publication. The companies are Knowledge Tree Infrastructure Limited, India TV Interactive Media Private Limited, India TV Film Academy Private Limited, India TV Broadcast Company Private Limited, Independent Media Private Limited, Independent Infrastructure Private Limited, Sainath Media Private Limited.
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is the Managing Director of Independen News Services. See above for more.
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is the Editor-in-Chief of India TV. See above for more.
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Data regarding Ownership Structure was obtained from the Ministry of Corporate Affairs of India. Financial information specific to the outlet is not available. The company was written to, via email on the 10th January 2019, and by courier on the 1st February 2019, seeking clear information and confirmation of the data collected about the channel and the company. The company has not responded to the communication.