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Sun Group

The Sun Group is the biggest media house in Tamil Nadu and one of the largest media conglomerates in India. The Group boasts 33 TV channels across South India, one of the largest DTH service providers, 67 FM radio stations, 3 daily newspapers and numerous other publications. Sun Group also owns one of the cricketing teams – Sunrisers Hyderabad – in the Indian Premier League Franchisee Cricket competition played once every year during the Indian summer months. The Group is based in Chennai and also has a Direct-to-Home service – a distribution service called Sun Direct, which counts more than 16 million subscribers. Sun Pictures, the film division of Sun TV Network is engaged in film production, distribution and acquisition.

Key facts

Business Form


Legal Form

Private Limited

Business Sectors

Publishing; Radio and TV Broadcasting; Sports; Airline;


Individual Owner

Kavery Kalanithi

Kavery Kalanithi is the wife of Kalanithi Maran and the Executive Director of Sun TV Network Ltd. She is also the Director of Kungumam Publications Private Limited, Kungumam Nithiyagam Private Limited and Kal Investments (Madras) Private Limited

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Kungumam (Missing Data)

Other TV Outlets

Sun TV (Missing Data)

Other Radio Outlets

Red FM (Missing Data)


Media Business

TV Distribution

Sun Direct

Movie Production Distribution

Sun Pictures


Kal Publications Private Limited

TV Broadcasting

Sun TV Network Ltd

Radio Broadcasting

Kal Radio Limited



Kal Airways Private Limited


Sunrisers Hyderabad

Financial services

Kungumam Nithiyagam Private Limited

Trade and wholesale

Kal Comm Private Limited

Sports and recreation

Udaya FM Private Limited


Sol Ventures Private Limited

Wholesale of agricultural material

Tan Business Ventures Private Limited

General Information

Founding Year


Affiliated Interests Founder

Kalanithi Maran

is the Chairman of Kal Publications Private Limited, the publisher of Dinakaran newspaper and a part of Sun Group. He is also the Chairman of Sun Group and Executive Chairman of Sun TV Network Ltd. Kalanithi Maran is a Commerce Graduate from the University of Madras, and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States. Maran is the son of Murasoli Maran, the former Union Minister and a Dravida Munettra Kazhagam (DMK) party leader. Murasoli Maran, in turn, is the nephew of Muthuvel Karunanidhi, the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister.


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Murasoli Maran Towers, 73, MRC Nagar Main Road,

MRC Nagar, Chennai - 600 028.

Tel.: 044 – 44676767


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Revenue (Financial Data/ Optional)

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Operating Profit (in Mill. $)

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Advertising (in % of total funding)

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Executive Board

Kalanithi Maran

Executive Chairman, Sun TV Network Limited, Director, Kungumam Publications Private Limited, Kungumam Nithiyagam Private Limited, Kal Investments (Madras) Private Limited

Non-Executive Board

Jagadeesan Ravindaran

Independent Director, Sun TV Network Limited, Director, Kal Airways Private Limited, Kal Radio Limited, South Asia FM Limited

Further Information

Active Transparency

company/channel informs proactively and comprehensively about its ownership, data is constantly updated and easily verifiable

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Meta Data

Kal Publications Private Limited, the publisher of Dinakaran, the Tamil news daily is a part of Sun Group. While Sun Group represents a group of companies, Sun TV Network Limited is the clearly the most prominent of the companies in the group. While studying the ownership of Dinakaran, it was clear that it was wholly held by Kalanithi Maran and his wife, Kavery Kalanithi (95.35% and 4.65% respectively). However, the Sun Group is presented as the owner here, as it is the ultimate owner of the daily newspaper. The company has been written to, through email on 18th March 2019 and by courier on 22nd March 2019, seeking information and verification of data. There has been no response from the Company.

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