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Udaya TV

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Owned by  Sun Network
Language  Kannada
Country  India
Launched  1 June 1994 16 March 2017 (2017-03-16) (HD)
Picture format  576i (SDTV) 1080i (HDTV)
Broadcast area  India, Singapore, Malaysia, Canada, United States

Udaya TV is a regional Kannada language Indian cable television station. It is also the first Kannada satellite channel in India. The channel is part of the Chennai-based Sun Network of Tamil Nadu. Udaya TV is telecast in several nations, including India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Canada and the United States.


Some of the other Kannada channels from Asian Television Network group are Udaya Movies (a 24-hour Kannada movies channel), Udaya News (a 24-hour Kannada news channel), Udaya Music (a 24-hour Kannada music channel) and Udaya Comedy (a 24-hour comedy channel). On 16 March 2017, Udaya Tv became the Second channel in Kannada Television to be broadcast in 1080i Full HD and 7.1 Dolby Digital sound quality. The High Definition Channel is Udaya HD and was first telecast via Sun Direct DTH service on Channel number 860.


Udaya TV was incorporated on 2 May 1994 as a private limited company engaged in television broadcasting with a registered office at Chennai,Tamil Nadu. It was launched by the chairman of Sun TV, Kalanidhi Maran, and it started broadcasting from 1 June 1994. It was the first Kannada satellite channel to go on air.

It grew rapidly and by May 2000, Udaya TV has captured 70% of ad spending on TV in the state of Karnataka.

It won the Indian Television Academy's best Kannada TV channel award in the year 2001 and 2002.

It forayed into FM radio broadcasting by launching Vishaka FM, an FM channel in Visakhapatnam.

It was a free-on-air channel until 1 August 2004, when it was made a pay channel with a subscription fee of Rs.18.

In February 2006, the directors of Udaya TV wereKalanidhi Maran, S. Selvam and Kaveri Kalanidhi. S. Selvam was also the Director of the Bangalore Bureau of Udaya TV.

In November 2006, Udaya TV Ltd. was merged with Sun TV Ltd. along with Gemini TV Ltd.

Notable anchors

  • [Anupama Bhat and Srikantha], anchors of the comedy-show Comedy Time on Udaya TV
  • Tejashwini Sreeramesh, Lok Sabha MP from the Kanakapura constituency of Karnataka; previously an anchor of a talk show, Mukha Mukhi telecast on Udaya TV
  • Srinath, Kannada cinema star; a Vice President of Udaya TV; hosts a show for married couples called Aadarsha Dampatigalu (Ideal-Couples) on Udaya TV
  • Programs

  • Adarsha Dampatigalu (Kannada: ಆದರ್ಶ ದಂಪತಿಗಳು) - "best couple competition"; Sunday mornings
  • Aksharamaale - weekly singing competition, including the popular game of antyakshari; the competition is held in all the major towns and cities of Karnataka
  • Crazy Time - a game show played on streets in different places in Karnataka
  • Crime Story - by Balakrishna Kakatkar, covering the various crimes in Karnataka
  • Harate - special program on the morning of every festival, such as Ugadi, Sankranthi, and Vijaya Dashami
  • Kurigalu Saar Kurigalu - daily night program on making fools
  • Udaya News - daily news, telecast on mornings and evenings
  • Key production house

  • Balaji Telefilms - including Kalyanee and Yuggadi
  • Civic Cinema
  • UTV Software Communications
  • Vikatan Televistas Pvt.Ltd
  • Popular serials

  • Amma Naagamma
  • Chakravaka - 2011
  • Crime Story
  • Jokali - 2010
  • Kannadi
  • Kanyadaana
  • Kuhu Kuhu
  • Kunkuma Bhagya
  • Kavyanjali - 2001
  • Mahaamaye
  • Maley - 2008-09
  • Mangalya
  • Parvathi - most popular serial in 2000
  • Ratha Saptami - 2009, the Kannada version of the Telugu serial Raktha Sambandham
  • Sankranthi - by T.S. Nagabharana
  • Sharadhruthu - 2006
  • Tharkappu Kalai Theeratha - 2013
  • Thulasi - 2003-04
  • Aliguli Mane
  • AnuRaga Sangama
  • Bangara
  • Chandra Chakkori
  • Kadhambari Kanaja
  • Kogile
  • Madharangi
  • Mahabharatha
  • Mandhara
  • Awards

  • Indian Television Academy's award for the best Kannada TV channel for 2001
  • Indian Television Academy's award for the best Kannada TV channel for 2002
  • References

    Udaya TV Wikipedia

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