Hebbale Ramakrishnaiah Ranganath or H.R. Ranganath is the Founder, Chairman and Managing Director of Writemen Media Private Limited, the company that owns and operates Public TV, a Kannada language television news channel. Ranganath is widely regarded as an upright, honest journalist in the media circles. A former Editor-in-Chief of Kannada Prabha and the editorial head of another news channel, Suvarna, Ranganath started the channel without political or corporate financing. According to him, he started the channel with an investment of less than a hundred million rupees, or USD 1.5 million. On the day of the channel’s launch, Ranganath, on air, disclosed his assets and that of his Chief Executive – Arun Kumar’s, assets so that no one had any doubt about the funding of his channel. To keep the operating costs of the channel to bare minimum, he hired fresh college graduates to fill eighty percent of staff positions while the experienced 20% of the staff guided them through the process of news reporting and television. He is said to have hired equipment at a discounted price, from television houses that have shut down, and even the light bulbs he used in the office came from an IT company that had closed down one of its branches. Ranganath has a legion of supporters and fans in the state. He has a Facebook page called “Public TV Firebrand journalist H. R. Ranganath Fans”.
Apart from Writemen Media Private Limited, Ranganath is also the Founder-Director of Nyusu Digital Media Private Limited – a company that produces one-minute news videos in various regional languages for mobile phones. Ranganath holds 55% share at the Writemen Media Private Limited.
Writemen Media Private Limited (55%)
Nyusu Digital Media Private Limited
All the information was collected from Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India. There is not much information available about the editorial staff, or the management of Writemen Media or the channel Public TV. The channel was written to, seeking more information and verification of data collected, by email on the 18th March, and by courier on the 22nd March 2019. There has been no response from the Company.