Raj TV Network launches Tamil news channel Raj News

Raj Television Network has launched its first 24-hour free to air Tamil news channel Raj News. M Karunanidhi, chief minister, Tamil Nadu, inaugurated the channel at a function in Chennai on June 23.

Apart from Raj News, Raj TV Network channel includes Raj TV, Raj Digital, Raj Musix, and a Telugu channel Vissa. The network plans to air a Telugu news channel by the year end.

Raj News’ bouquet of programmes include Hello Sandhai and Sandhai Neram on stock markets on all weekdays during trading hours. Raj News is the first Tamil channel to provide live stock market updates. Close to four hours of commodity and stock movement will be tracked on a daily basis. Raj News has bureaus in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala.

The channel’s FPC also boasts of a feature programme on industries called Thozhil Munai, an auto show titled Top Gear, and a weekly business show Raj Vaniga Ulagam, Parimanam, a show on gadgets and gizmos, Sutrula, a programme on travel, Dr Solgirar, Suya Thozhil, and Ennna Padikalam, among others.

M Raveendran, director, Raj Television Network, said, “We are delighted to launch Raj News24x7, a news channel covering a wide range of programmes – from stock markets, business and current affairs to health, food, education, career, etc. We feel that there is enough scope and opportunities for another Tamil news channel, which will not only provide instant and regular news updates, but at the same time be informative and useful to the viewers.”

During the launch, conveying his gratitude to Raj TV for standing by him during a family crisis last year, Karunanidhi said he would actively support the channel’s growth.

“Although, I do not conduct my public life on the basis of gratitude, these brothers (referring to M Raveendran and M Raajhendhran) stood by me on many occasions, and extended support to me. At a time when no channel was willing to come forward to telecast news pertaining to our party, Raj TV was there for us.” the minister said.

The Raj TV proprietors had come forward with the offer to help launch the Kalaignar TV from their platform when Karunanidhi fell out with his grand-nephews, the Maran brothers. “I will encourage and support Raj TV if its growth helps this government and if these benefits could be passed on to the people,” Karunanidhi said.

There need not be any confusion over his declaration of support for Raj TV since he was also ‘associated’ with another channel named after him, Karunanidhi said cryptically, adding: “It is my duty to encourage all television channels.” However, he warned that their growth be “beneficial both to the government and the people.”

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