The rise of India TV as India’s leading news channel within a short span of its existence owes a lot to the vision of its chairman and editor-in-chief Rajat Sharma and the dedication and toil of its ever-growing team of bright news TV professionals.
Rajat Sharma co-founded India TV with his wife Ritu Dhawan in April, 2004 from a swanky studio in Film City, Noida, then considered one of Asia’s largest news TV studios.
In 1997, Rajat Sharma and Ritu Dhawan set up their own production house –Independent News Service (INS), the parent company which owns India TV.
In a short period, India TV has created benchmarks in innovation, impact, ratings, time spends, and viewer-support. Indeed, India TV’s newsbreaks have inspired talk shows on rival channels, Bollywood films, BBC documentaries and articles in Time Magazine, even Amul hoardings.
In today’s rampant me-too-ism, India TV is, perhaps, the only Hindi news channel that is perceived as “courageous” and “different.”
The channel’s No.1 position is no accident. It is the result of Mr. Sharma leading the way on the lonely path of “credibility first.” It is the result of the efforts of a self-made man who kept both his feet firmly on the ground, a journalist for whom the viewer’s interest has been paramount.
Today Mr. Sharma’s editorial decision-making reaches out to an audience of 90 million C&S homes. The human resource of India TV resides among loyal viewers and 500 staffers. INS has investment from ComVentures, a top Silicon Valley venture fund, and a leading private equity entity. The enterprise value of INS which crossed Rs 500 crore in January, 2008 has been rising by leaps and bounds.
India TV has state-of-the-art digital connectivity and its Broadcast Centre covers an area of more than 1,28,000 square feet in Sector 85, Noida.