Tharisanam TV
Tharisanam TV Logo.png
CountryAustralia
Broadcast areaEurope, Australasia, Middle East, North Africa
Programming
Language(s)Tamil
Ownership
OwnerSynergy Media Group
History
LaunchedJanuary 2007
Closed22 June 2008

Tharisanam TV was a Tamil language satellite television channel. Its main audience were Sri Lankan Tamils living in Europe, Australia and the Middle East.

Launch

Tharisanam TV was initially launched on Thai Pongal day in January 2007 in Australasia, broadcasting via the Optus B3 satellite.[1] The channel started broadcasting in Europe, Middle East and North Africa via the Eutelsat's Hot Bird satellite on 21 May 2007.[2][3] Initially the channel broadcast programmes from Makkal TV, a Tamil Nadu satellite channel.[4]

Closure

Tharisanam's link to the Hotbird satellite was via an Israeli Satellite link company. The Sri Lankan government complained to the Israeli government because of Tharisanam's alleged links to the Tamil Tigers. The Israeli government exerted political pressure on the satlink company. Tharisanam ceased broadcasting on 22 June 2008 when the satlink company ceased relaying the channel.[5]

References

  1. ^ "Tharisanam TV Channel 1 Commences on THAI PONGAL DAY in Australia and Newzealand". Tamil Sydney. 12 December 2006. Retrieved 22 December 2009.
  2. ^ "Tharisanam Tamil TV expands Telecast to Europe, Tamil Diaspora to benefit". Tamil Sydney. 24 May 2007. Retrieved 22 December 2009.
  3. ^ "British MP Andy Love opens UK office of LTTE-TV "Tharisanam"". Asian Tribune. 12 June 2007. Retrieved 22 December 2009.
  4. ^ "Makkal TV clarifies it is not related to PMK, says tie up with Tharisanam is a distribution arrangement". Asian Tribune. 23 May 2007. Retrieved 22 December 2009.
  5. ^ "Breaking News: The LTTE TV Tharishanam goes off the air from today onwards". Asian Tribune. 22 June 2008. Retrieved 22 December 2009.