Janam TV

Published date: 2022/07/28
  • Location: Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
Janam TV is an Indian news and entertainment channel broadcasting in Malayalam language. It was launched on 19 April 2015.


In 2012, a promoter group consisting of Indian and non-resident Indian businessmen had applied for permission to launch Janam TV. The clearance for the launch continued to be delayed by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) for two years. According to the COO Rajesh Pillai, the channel was flagged due to connections between the promoters group with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and the Bharatiya Janata Party, a claim that Pillai himself denied.[1]

In 2014, the ruling United Progressive Alliance government was dislodged from power and the Bharatiya Janata Party led National Democratic Alliance formed a new government.[2] The I&B Minister, Prakash Javadekar took up the cause for issuing clearance for the channel. The Ministry of Home Affairs granted the I&B Ministry with a report which acknowledged the connections but dismissed any concerns over adversity with the company or its promoters group.[1]

It was reported that the Bharatiya Janata Party was attempting to raise the authorised capital of ₹50 crore (equivalent to ₹68 crore or US$8.9 million in 2020) for the company.[3] Janam Multimedia Limited was the company which would operate the channel and the film director Priyadarshan was appointed as the chairman of its board of directors.[4] In February 2015, the United Arab Emirates based chartered accountant and the director of the proposed channel, U. S. Krishnakumar issued a statement that the capital had been raised and Priyadarshan denied that the company had any political backing while stating that the channel was owned by 5,000 shareholders who had made investments in the company. The channel went on air from 19 April 2015 onwards,[5] and was endorsed by the Kerala state president of the Bharatiya Janata Party.[6]

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