News media in India is owned by business families and individuals along with numerous investors, in the form of joint stock companies, societies, trusts and firms.[1] The Government of India owns news media such as DD News and All India Radio.[1] While the news media market (readership and viewership) in India is highly concentrated, the total number of owners includes over 25,000 individuals, 2000 joint stock companies and 1200 societies.[1]

Private ownership

This list is incomplete; you can help by adding missing items. (September 2021)
Family Individuals
(Past and present)
News media groups and news media outlets
(Partial or complete ownership that may have changed over time)
Ref
Ambani Mukesh Ambani Network 18 Group [2]
Firstpost, CNN-News18, News18 India
Agarwal Ramesh Chandra Agarwal Dainik Bhaskar Group [3]
Dainik Bhaskar
Bahl Raghav Bahl, Ritu Kapur Quintillion Media Pvt Ltd [4]
The Quint
Chopra Vijay Kumar Chopra The Hind Samachar Limited [5]
Punjab Kesari
Darda Rajendra DardaP, Vijay J. DardaP Lokmat Media Group [6][7]
Lokmat
Goenka Ramnath Goenka, Viveck Goenka Express Group [8]
The Indian Express, The Indian Express Online,
The Financial Express, Jansatta, Loksatta, Lokprabha
Gupta Puran Chandra Gupta Jagran Prakashan Limited [9]
Dainik Jagran
Sahu Jain The Times Group [10]
The Times of India, Times Now, Times of India Online, Mumbai Mirror
The Economic Times, Bangalore Mirror, Ahmadabad Mirror, Cricbuzz
Kasturi S. Kasturi Ranga Iyengar Kasturi and Sons Limited [11]
The Hindu, The Hindu Group
Mappillai Kandathil Varghese Mappillai The Malayala Manorama Company [12][13]
Malayala Manorama
Panda Baijayant PandaP Odisha Television Limited [14]
Odisha TV
Purie Aroon Purie India Today Group [15][16]
India Today, India Today (TV), Aaj Tak
Aaj Tak Tez, Delhi Aaj Tak, Mail Today, Business Today
Roy Prannoy Roy, Radhika Roy NDTV [17]
NDTV 24x7, NDTV India
NDTV Prime, NDTV Profit, Good Times, Gadgets360, NDTV Imagine
Sarkar Ashok Kumar Sarkar ABP Group [3]
Anandabazar Patrika, ABP News, ABP Ananda, ABP Majha, The Telegraph
Sarma Riniki Bhuyan Sarma Pride East Entertainments Private [18]
News Live, North East Live
Sharma Rajat Sharma Independent News Service [2]
IndiaTV
Shobhana Bhartia Hindustan Times, Hindustan, Livemint [6][19]
T. V. Ramasubbaiyer Dinamalar [20]
S. P. Adithanar Dina Thanthi [21][22]
Subhash ChandraPB Zee Media, WION, Zee News [3][23]
Chanda MitraPJ The Pioneer [6]
Notes— P: politician, J: journalist, B: businessperson

Majority stake or ownership for news companies have changed over time such as is the case of TV9; Srini Raju let go of his nearly 80% share in 2018.[24]

Government ownership

This list is incomplete; you can help by adding missing items. (September 2021)
Group Outlets Ref
Prasar Bharti DD News, All India Radio
Sansad TV (merger of Rajya Sabha TV and Lok Sabha TV)

References

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  18. ^ "News Live". Media Ownership Monitor. Reporters Without Borders. 2019.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
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  21. ^ "எங்களைப்பற்றி" [About us]. Daily Thanthi. Retrieved 2021-09-22. 1942ம் ஆண்டு நவம்பர் 1-ந்தேதி அமரர் சி.பா. ஆதித்தனார் அவர்களால் முதன் முதலாக மதுரை மாநகரில் தினத்தந்தி தொடங்கப்பட்டது [On November 1, 1942, Amar C.P. Dinathandi was first started by Adithyanar in Madurai.]((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
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  24. ^ Chandramouli, Rajesh (27 April 2018). "Srini Raju exits TV9 Network". The Times of India. Retrieved 2021-09-22.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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