The article speaks about the many print, television and radio networks that dominate Chennai city's mass media market.

Print media

Main article: List of Newspapers in Chennai

The offices of The Hindu and the now-defunct The Mail in Anna Salai
The offices of The Hindu and the now-defunct The Mail in Anna Salai

Newspaper publishing started in Chennai with the launch of a weekly, The Madras Courier, in 1785.[1] It was followed by the weeklies Azdarar, the first Armenian language newspaper ever published, in 1794, and The Madras Gazette and The Government Gazette in 1795. The Spectator, founded in 1836, was the first English newspaper in Chennai to be owned by an Indian and became the city's first daily newspaper in 1853.[2] The first Tamil newspaper, Swadesamitran, was launched in 1899.[1] The first Telugu journal printed in Madras was Satya Doota in 1935.[3]

Chennai has six major print media groups that publish about eight major newspapers and magazines. The major English dailies are The Hindu, The Times of India, The New Indian Express and The Deccan Chronicle evening dailies, The Trinity Mirror and News Today. As of 2012, The Hindu was the city's most read English newspaper, with a daily circulation of 5.4 lakh copies.[4] The major business dailies published from the city are The Economic Times, The Hindu Business Line, Business Standard, and The Financial Express. The major Tamil dailies include the Dina Thanthi, Dinakaran, Dina Mani, Dina Malar, Tamizh Ossai, Tamil Murasu, Theekkathir Makkal Kural and Malai Malar., October 2007 ((citation)): Missing or empty |title= (help) Many local newspapers cater to particular localities and neighborhoods.

Magazines published from Chennai include Ananda Vikatan, Kumudam, Kalki, Nakkheeran Tamil Investigation Magazine, Kungumam, Swath (Telugu magazine), Frontline, and Sportstar.[5]


Main article: List of Tamil language television channels

Doordarshan runs three terrestrial television channels, DD CHENNAI (DD-1), DD NEWS (DD-2), and DD Podhigai, and one satellite television channel, Podhigai TV, from its Chennai centre, which was set up in 1974. Private Tamil satellite television networks like Sun TV, Zee Tamil, Raj TV, Star Vijay, Colors Tamil, Jaya TV, Makkal TV and Kalaignar TV Thamizhan TV broadcast out of Chennai.

The Sun Network, a Rs. 4,395 crore public firm, is based in the city and is the country's second-largest broadcasting company, in terms of viewership share.[6][7] Some of its TV shows have generated the highest television rating points in the country. In addition to owning 19 TV channels in all major South Indian languages, the group owns FM radio stations in over eleven cities and some Tamil magazines and newspapers.[7][8][9]

SCV is the major cable TV service provider. Direct-to-home (DTH) is available via DD Direct Plus, Dish TV, Tata Sky, Sun Direct DTH, BIG TV, Airtel Digital TV and Videocon d2h. Chennai is the first city in India to have implemented the Conditional Access System for cable television.[10]


Main article: List of Tamil-language radio stations

Radio broadcasting started from the radio station at the Rippon Buildings complex, founded in 1930, and was shifted to All India Radio in 1938.[1] The city has two AM and ten FM radio stations, operated by Anna University, All India Radio and private broadcasters.

No. Radio Station name Frequency
1. All India Radio Chennai (AIR Chennai) Akashvani Chennai 720 kHz 783 kHz, 1017 kHz, 4920 kHz, 7160 kHz 101.4 MHz, 102.3 MHz
2. Anna FM (Anna University, Chennai) 90.4 MHz
3. Loyola FM (Loyola College, Chennai) 90.8 MHz
4. Radio City 91.1 MHz
5. M.O.P. FM (Mop Vaishnav College, Chennai) 107.8 MHz
6. Aahaa FM 91.9 MHz
7. Big 92.7 FM (Big 92.7, Chennai) 92.7 MHz
8. Suryan FM (Suryan FM, SunTV Network) 93.5 MHz
9. Radio One FM 94.3 MHz
10. Radio Mirchi 98.3 MHz
11. Rainbow FM 101.4 MHz
12. Gold FM 102.3 MHz
13. Gyan Vani FM 104.2 MHz
14. Chennai Live 104.8 FM, Muthoot Group 104.8 MHz
15. Hello FM, Malar Publications 106.4 MHz
16. Ezhisai FM, Ezhisai

Web media


Main article: Tamil Cinema

AVM Studios
AVM Studios

The Tamil Film Industry, based in Kodambakkam and Vadapalani area of Chennai, is the second most popular branch of Indian cinema.[15][16] The word Kollywood is a portmanteau of Kodambakkam and Hollywood. The AVM Studios located in this area is the oldest surviving studio in India.[17]

See also


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  17. ^ "When studios dotted Vadapalani". The Hindu. 15 July 2009. Archived from the original on 26 August 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2011.