Public TV is a 24 hours Kannada news television channel, founded in the year 2012 by H.R. Ranganath, a man who is acknowledged in the media circles as upright and honest. The channel was started without any corporate or political funding, with less than USD 1.5 million dollars as initial investment, which the company claims, is 30% of what the other channels would have invested initially. Within the first year of being on air, the channel claims that there was a sizeable viewership and attributes it to the quality of content on the channel. Apart from news bulletins, Public TV broadcasts shows, like “Naanu Nanna Stylu”, “Hot Seat” and “Mudra Rahasya”.
Free-to-air /Satellite + Cable
Media Companies / Groups
Public TV is owned and managed by Writemen Media Private Limited. H.R. Ranganath holds 55% share of Writeman Media Private Limited, T.N Venkatesh holds 21.77%, and Manoharan Govindswamy Naidu holds 22.17% while Jay Menon holds 1.06% shares in the company.
Group / Individual Owner
Manoharan Govindswamy is a Director at Writemen Media Private Limited. He is also a Director of other companies like West One Electronic City Private Limited, Westcourt Hospitality Private Limited, Lahari Media.Com Private Limited, Lahari Music Private Limited, and MRT Studios Private Limited.
T.N Venkatesh is a Director at Writemen Media Private Limited.
Affiliated Interests Founder
or H. R. Ranganath is the Founder, Chairman and Managing Director of Writemen Media Private Limited, the company that owns and operates Public TV, a Kannada language television news channel. Ranganath is widely regarded as an upright, honest journalist in the media circles. A former Editor-in-Chief of Kannada Prabha and the editorial head of another news channel, Suvarna, Ranganath started the channel without political or corporate financing. According to him, he started the channel with an investment of less than a hundred million rupees, or USD 1.5 million. On the day of the channel’s launch, Ranganath, on air, disclosed his assets and that of his Chief Executive – Arun Kumar’s, assets so that no one had any doubt about the funding of his channel. Apart from Writemen Media Private Limited, Ranganath is also the Founder-Director of Nyusu Digital Media Private Limited – a company that produces one-minute news videos in various regional languages for mobile phones.
Affiliated Interests Ceo
is the Chief Executive Officer of Writemen Media Private Limited, owners of the Kannada news television channel, Public TV. Not much information is available about Arun Kumar, except that he has a background in construction business.
Affiliated Interests Editor-In-Chief
or H R Ranganath is the Editor-in-Chief of Writemen Media Private Limited, the company that owns and operates Public TV, a Kannada language television news channel. See above for more.
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All the information was collected from Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India. There is not much information available about the editorial staff, or the management of Writemen Media or the channel Public TV. The channel was written to, seeking more information and verification of data collected, by email on the 18th March, and by courier on the 22nd March 2019. There has been no response from the Company.