TV9 Telugu is one of the prominent news television channels in Telugu language, primarily beamed in the state of Andhra Pradesh and Telengana. TV9 Telugu comes from the stable of Associated Broadcasting Company Private Limited, the company that also has news television channels in other regions, viz TV9 Kannada (in the state of Karnataka), TV9 Marathi (in the state of Maharashtra), TV9 Gujarati (in the state of Gujarat), News9 Bangalore and TV9 USA. In 2014, the channel ran into trouble with the Telengana Government when the State Assembly passed a resolution authorizing the Speaker of the Assembly to initiate necessary action against TV9 Telugu for airing objectionable news about its Assembly members. The channel is headed by Ravi Prakash, who is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. The ownership of the holding company of this channel, Associated Broadcasting Company Private Limited is not very clear. There have been media reports that the ownership of the company changed in August 2018. However, the public registrar has no record of the change in ownership as of March 2019. According to the company’s registry entries with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India, Srinivasa Raju Chintalapati still holds 99% shares of the company.
Media Companies / Groups
Associated Broadcasting Company
TV9 Telugu is owned by TV9 Private Limited, which is in turn owned by Associated Broadcasting Company Private Limited. (ABCL). Srinivasa Raju Chintalapati owns 99% of ABCL as per the registry entries in the Ministry of Corporate Affairs website.
Affiliated Interests Founder
is the founder of Associated Broadcasting Company Private Limited. A Harvard Business School graduate in Business Administration and Management, he has also done Media Strategy from Harvard Business School, and founded the Simba TV Afrique, according to his LinkedIn profile. Ravi Prakash is the Chairman of the Ravi Prakash Foundation, which is involved in education and health projects in rural India.
Affiliated Interests Ceo
is the Chief Executive Officer of Associated Broadcasting Company Private Limited. See above for more.
Affiliated Interests Editor-In-Chief
is the Editor-in-Chief of TV9 Telugu. No known affiliated interests were found on Abdul Hakeem.
Affiliated Interests other important people
is the Director of Associated Broadcasting Company Private Limited, Director of TV9 Media Private Limited, Director of TV9 Karnataka Private Limited, and Director of Indiavision Satellite Communications Private Limited.
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Although ownership data of the company is available on the Ministry of Corporate website, there are reports in the media that the ownership changed hands in August 2018. However, fresh filings in the month of February 2019 mention the same ownership as before. The company was written to, by email on the 25th January 2019 and by courier on the 1st February 2019, seeking confirmation of details regarding the channels and the Company. The company has not responded to the communication.