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Pay channel Zee News turns free to air

MUMBAI: Zee News, the flagship Hindi news channel of Zee Media Corporation, has turned free to air (FTA).

zee-news-coverThe decision to convert Zee News from a pay channel to an FTA channel has been approved by the ZMCL board.

As reported earlier by TelevisionPost.com, ZMCL’s channels will be distributed by sister company Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL).

Earlier, ZMCL had a distribution arrangement with Taj Television India, a wholly owned subsidiary of ZEEL. The company was paying 14% of its subscription revenue to Taj Television India.

As per the new deal, ZMCL will share 7% subscription revenue with ZEEL as commission for distributing its channels.

ZMCL owns and operates 10 news channels in six different languages, attracting more than 119 million viewers. It also owns English newspaper DNA and digital properties like zeenews.com and dnaindia.com.

The network comprises three national channels—Zee News (Hindi news), India 24X7 and Zee Business (Hindi business news). It also runs regional news channels, namely Zee 24 Taas (Marathi), Zee Madhya Pradesh Chhattisgarh (Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh), Zee Marudhara (Rajasthan), Zee Punjab Haryana Himachal and Zee Kalinga (Odisha).

Additionally, the company operates two regional news channels through its subsidiaries—24 Ghanta (Bengali) through Zee Akaash News and Maurya TV (Bihar & Jharkhand) through Maurya TV Pvt Ltd.

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