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India’s first private satellite TV channel Zee celebrates 30 glorious years of entertainment

Industry stalwarts acknowledge ZEE's contribution to the nation’s liberalisation journey.

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Mumbai: Zee Entertainment Enterprises (ZEEL) celebrates 30 years of glory in India. The company has transformed the media & entertainment industry by providing the best experiences to audiences in India and around the world.

Throughout its glorious three-decade journey, the company has consistently evolved, paving the way for it to become one of the most iconic home-grown brands. From its humble beginnings as the country's first private satellite television channel, Zee has made significant contributions to the nation's liberalisation journey by driving positive societal change on and off screen.

The company's spokesperson said, "Today, Zee is not only a well-loved household name, but it also enjoys a formidable position as a global media & entertainment powerhouse with its consumption platforms as the cultural ambassador for Indian content on the global stage."

In line with its Zee 4.0 vision, the company is broadening its horizons by establishing a strong tech foundation through its state-of-the-art technology and innovation centre to boost innovation and data-led capabilities, as well as recently re-entering the sports segment.

The company further added that the mantra at Zee has always been to lead by example, demonstrating its commitment and determination to create a robust version of the company while also defining the future of the media and entertainment industry in India.

On this milestone, Zee Entertainment Enterprises MD & CEO Punit Goenka said, "It is indeed a momentous occasion as the nation’s first home-grown entertainment company, Zee, completes three wonderful decades of entertainment and value-creation. This milestone is extra special as we also celebrate the genesis of the media & entertainment industry in India. Zee’s journey over the years can be defined by its sharp growth, its risk-taking ability to constantly tap into newer avenues and its consistent vision to generate higher value for all stakeholders."

He added, "As  we lay the strategic roadmap for the next 30 years, we are gearing up to propel the company’s growth and transform into a formidable player from the emerging markets. With our sharp strategic vision across the business coupled with a keen eye on profitability, our endeavour will always be to stay ahead of the curve. I would like to extend my gratitude to all our viewers, stakeholders, and partners, for sharing this memorable journey with us and expressing their continued faith in our capabilities."

For three decades, Zee has been known as an academy of talent, and its alumni have played an important role in shaping the industry's future.

On this occasion, several stalwarts acknowledged the industry and Zee’s contribution towards making India a formidable economy on a global stage.

Actor Vidya Balan expressed, "It fills me with pride to note that Zee, the institution that gave me a platform to showcase my talent through an iconic show like Hum Paanch, has completed 30 magnificent years. Zee has been a home to a thousand stars and has relentlessly encouraged homegrown talent, irrespective of their background, to achieve their dreams. I hope that the company continues to remain a beacon of hope for budding talent across the nation and wish the Zee family all the very best for the journey ahead."

A leading investor and ENAM group co-founder Vallabh Bhansali stated, "As someone who believes in entrepreneurs as the prime drivers for creating valuable businesses, I have always trusted Zee’s ability to generate consistent returns for its stakeholders. I have been an ardent admirer and supporter of its amazing entrepreneurial journey—from a single channel on a rented transponder to a global media conglomerate. Throughout its journey, Zee has taken necessary risks and proved time and again its ability to stay ahead of the curve. I congratulate Punit and team for achieving this glorious milestone and wish them all the best for a bright future."

Zee has also made significant contributions to the welfare of society, driving positive societal change not only through iconic stories but also through various initiatives that improve the lives of people from all walks of life.

Zee is laying a strong foundation for its next phase of growth by focusing its investments on television, digital, and its movie production businesses.

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