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Independent News Service

Independent News Service Private Limited, the company that owns and operates India TV, a Hindi news television channel, was founded in 1997 by Mr. Rajat Sharma and his wife Ritu Dhawan. Initially a television software production house, the company launched India TV in 2004, to join the growing number of Hindi news channels in the country. Rajat Sharma is the Promoter and Whole time Director of the company. His wife, Ritu Dhawan is the Promoter and Managing Director of the company. Mr. Sanjay Mehta is the Additional Director of the company and Keyur Patel is the nominee Director of the company.

Key facts

Business Form


Legal Form

Private Limited

Business Sectors

TV Broadcasting


Individual Owner

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Media Business

Television and Broadcasting

Independent News Service (100%)

Production and Publishing

India TV broadcast company private limited (100%)


Real Estate

Knowledge Tree Infrastructure limited (99%)

Education Support Service

India TV & film academy private limited (100%)

Information and Communication

Sainath Media Private Limited (99%) through Ritu Dhawan

General Information

Founding Year


Affiliated Interests Founder

Rajat Sharma

is an Indian journalist born on 18 February 1957. He did his graduation in Commerce from Sriram College of Commerce in Delhi. Rajat Sharma started his career as a reporter with a print magazine, Onlooker as a trainee. Later he became the Chief of Bureau and Editor of Onlooker. After working with the Sunday Observer as the Editor, Rajat Sharma first shot into prominence with his show, Aap Ki Adalat (Your Court), where he put celebrities in the dock in a mock courtroom session. The show which went on air in Zee TV in 1993, was an instant hit, and launched Rajat Sharma as a celebrity face in Indian news television. In 1997, he quit Zee Group and formed the Independent News Service, INS– the company that owns the channel - India TV. In April 2004 he co-founded India TV – a 24-hour Hindi News channel with his wife Ritu Dhawan. Currently he is the Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of India TV. He is also the President of News Broadcasters Association of India (NBA), Director of Strategic Affairs of The Indian Broadcasting Foundation and President of Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA). He is also the Director in a number of companies with businesses in Real estate, Education, Production and Publication. The companies are Knowledge Tree Infrastructure Limited, India TV Interactive Media Private Limited, India TV Film Academy Private Limited, India TV Broadcast Company Private Limited and Independent Media Private Limited.


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India TV Broadcast Centre

B-30, Sector 85, Noida 201305

Uttar Pradesh, India

Tel.: +91 120-3051000




Tax/ ID Number

CIN: U99999DL1997PTC087635

Financial Information

Revenue (Financial Data/ Optional)

INR 3093.52 Million/ USD 46.5 Million

Operating Profit (in Mill. $)

INR 569.47 Million/ USD 8.56 Million

Advertising (in % of total funding)

INR 36.9 Million / USD 0.556 Million


Executive Board

Mr. Rajat Sharma

Whole time Director

Further Information

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Data regarding Ownership Structure was obtained from the Ministry of Corporate Affairs of India. Financial information specific to the outlet is not available. The company was written to, via email on the 10th January 2019, and by courier on the 1st February 2019, seeking clear information and confirmation of the data collected about the channel and the company. The company has not responded to the communication.

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