Zed TV launched at glittering function in Mumbai

The much delayed launch of the education channel Zed TV from the Zee TV stable finally took place late last evening at the hands of Indian information and broadcasting minister Sushma Swaraj. Other attendees at the function were Maharashtra chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, the Himachal Pradesh chief minister, and the edication minister for Maharashtra Anil Deshmukh.

Swaraj said that she was delighted to launch the educational channel, because it was something that India needs at a time when parents are tearing their out because children are tuning into television to watch movies, soaps, series and normal TV pulp programming. The other political leaders echoed that sentiment and went out of their way to praise Chandra for his venture. "You are doing what we should be doing," they all said.

She however cautioned that the channel's fate will be decided by its programming. "A 24 hour educational channel is a bold initiative; it's a promise you will have to live up to," she said.

The channel is however starting with just five hours of original programming going up to eight hours daily, says Chandra. Initially to be aired in English it will be made available in six languages altogether, he added.

The channel will have programming targetd at various age groups right from toddlers to to school children to youth to professionals to women to senior citizens, disclosed Zee Interactive Learning Systems CEO Uma Ganesh. "It will whet Indian's appetite for learning and will drive viewers to the web site, the Zee Career Academy and Zee LiveWire centres," she said.

"We expect to do a revenue of Rs 5,000-7,000 million per annum from our entire education business in the next five years," she added.

Latest Reads
&TV presents Laal Ishq - passionate love stories with a supernatural twist

We promised to be together forever. Nothing could take us apart - not even death. Even though my body has long gone, my spirit still lives on… my soul will always be with you. For true love, never dies. &TV’s latest offering Laal Ishq, a series of passionate love stories with a supernatural...

Television TV Channels GECs
Zee Anmol retains lead in GEC (U+R) in BARC's week 24 data

Zee Anmol retained its top spot in Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) data for week 24 in the Hindi GEC (U+R) market. While Star Utsav and Rishtey swapped their third and fourth positions in the rural market, Star Plus and Zee TV exchanged second and third positions in the urban segment.

Television TV Channels Viewership
BARC, Week 24: Rebublic TV dominates, Mirror Now enters top five

MUMBAI: Times Network’s English news channel, Mirror Now, replaced NDTV in the All India Broadcast Audience Research Council’s (BARC) week 24 rantings, as Arnab Goswami's Republic TV continued to dominate the English news market While Aaj Tak led the charts in two Hindi news markets, ABP News...

Television TV Channels Viewership
What next with Fox-Disney-Comcast ?

MUMBAI: Part poker, part chess. That's exactly how the Disney-Comcast bidding war for Rupert Murdoch's entertainment conglomerate - 21 Century Fox - is being played out. The intense, see-saw battle for the media empire, which includes Hollywood studios, cable networks and streaming businesses, isn...

Television Production House Post Production
Sky News gets 15-year commitment from Disney in takeover battle

MUMBAI: Disney has refrained from selling Sky News without the U.K government’s permission and offered British authorities a commitment to operate Sky News for 15 years. For its part, 21st Century Fox has offered new commitments in an attempt to get its $15 billion bid for Sky over the finish line...

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
Discovery picks Park Avenue address for new global HQ

MUMBAI: Discovery Inc. has selected a Park Avenue address for its new global headquarters. The company is also expanding facilities and adding jobs in Virginia. The company has signed a long-term lease with TF Cornerstone to occupy the entire space of 230 Park Ave South. According to,...

Television TV Channels Viewership
NBCUniversal accuses BeoutQ of illegal streaming of FIFA World Cup in MENA

MUMBAI: NBCUniversal, an American multi-national media conglomerate owned by Comcast, has accused a pirated streaming service called BeoutQ in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) for illegally broadcasting the FIFA 2018 World Cup matches. NBC's Telemundo unit, which holds the Spanish-language...

Television TV Channels Sports
How Sony is bringing the FIFA World Cup 2018

MUMBAI: Sports broadcasting is no ordinary business. Just ask Star India and Sony Network Pictures (SPN) India – who often slug it out against each other for the rights of premium sporting properties. The two high rollers of Indian sports broadcasting play by one simple rule: high risks, high...

Television TV Channels Sports
Sports media rights to soar 22% in 2018 in Asia Pacific: MPA

The market value of sports media rights is set to reach US$5.0 billion in Asia Pacific ex-China this year, according to Asia Pacific Sports In The Age Of Streaming, a new report published by Media Partners Asia (MPA).

Television TV Channels Sports

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories