Media in Chennai
Newspapers in Chennai:
The first ever english newspaper- The Spectator was then founded in the year 1836. Further, in 1899, Swadesamitran became the first published Tamil newspaper.
With time, newspapers like The Hindu, The Times of India, The Trinity Mirror, The Deccan Chronicle, The New Indian Express, The Hindu Business Line, The News Today, The Economic Times, The Financial Express and The Business Standard.
The prominent Tamil dailies include the Dina Malar, Makkal Kural, Dina Thanthi, Tamil Murasu, Dina Mani, Tamizh Ossai, Dinakaran and Malai Malar
Cinema in Chennai:
The history of Kollywood began in the 1920s when silent films were made. Since then this metro has become the hub of movie-making and screening. And today, more than hundred movies are produced and released every year.
The first film studios in the city introduced technologies that were unknown to the subcontinent. Now, the studios are being modified or replaced by digital studios. There are several popular directors like Mani Ratnam, K.Balachander, J.Mahendran, Bharathi Rajaa, Balu Mahendra, Bhagyaraj, Gautham Menon, Visu, and many more, who have created magic on the silver screen.
The actors who have woven this magic and touched the hearts of the viewers are M.G.Ramachandran, Sivaji Ganeshan, N.T. Rama Rao, Kamal Hassan, Rajnikanth, Kalaivanar, K. A. Thangavelu, T. S. Balaiah, Nagesh, and many more. The actresses who with their grace, beauty and talent have enchanted the audience are T. R. Rajakumari, Padmini, B. Saroja Devi, J.Jayalalithaa, K. R.Vijaya, Savitri, Vyjayanthimala, Anjali Devi, and many more.
Television in Chennai:
There are several private Tamil channels like Sun TV, Raj TV, Star Vijay, Jaya TV, Makkal TV, Star Vijay, Kalaignar TV and Thamizhan TV that broadcast from Chennai.
The Sun Network is the second-largest broadcasting company in terms of viewership. The group, based in the metro, owns nineteen channels in all major South Indian languages. The network also owns FM radio stations in over eleven cities, and also some Tamil magazines and newspapers.
The city was the first to have implemented the Conditional Access System for cable television in India. There are many Direct-to-home (DTH) providers available via DD Direct Plus, Dish TV, Tata Sky, Sun Direct DTH, BIG TV, Airtel Digital TV and Videocon d2h. The major cable TV service provider is SCV.
Radio in Chennai:
The list of radio channels in Chennai are:
- AIR Chennai 720 kHz, 783 kHz, 1017 kHz, 4920 kHz, 7160 kHz 101.4 MHz, 102.3 MHz
- Anna FM (Anna University, Chennai) - 90.4 MHz
- Loyola FM (Loyola College, Chennai) - 90.8 MHz
- Radio City - 91.1 MHz
- M.O.P. FM (Mop Vaishnav College, Chennai) - 91.2 MHz
- Aahaa FM - 91.9 MHz
- Big 92.7 FM (Big 92.7, Chennai) - 92.7 MHz
- Suryan FM (Suryan FM, SunTV Network) - 93.5 MHz
- Radio One FM - 94.3 MHz
- Radio Mirchi - 98.3 MHz
- Rainbow FM - 101.4 MHz
- Gold FM - 102.3 MHz
- Gyan Vani FM - 104.2 MHz
- Chennai Live - 104.8 FM
- Muthoot Group - 104.8 MHz
- Hello FM, Malar Publications - 106.4 MHz