Launched in 1992, Zee Television or Zee TV is India's first satellite TV channel. The channel was founded by Shubhash Chandra. The channel is based in the city of Mumbai, Maharashtra. Zee TV is now a group of channels, Zee entertainment enterprises and the channels broadcasts various programs in Hindi including Zee News Hindi Live. It also broadcasts various programs in other regional languages. The group also includes specialized channels of particular field of TV programs and entertainment. To broadcast news, the group has a news channel, Zee news and it broadcasts Zee News Hindi live.
Zee news came into transmission along with Zee TV back in 1992. The channel was the first private owned channel to serve News and shows on News, Views and current affairs. The channel was also India's first 24 hour news channel, setting another milestone in India's progress.
Currently, Zee news ltd. is accompanied with the Essel group, a listed corporation in the mumbi stock exchange. Essel group operates regional entertainment TV channels and news channels. Zee entertainment enterprises put the channel for sale to Essel group in 2006. The channel is now headquartered in Essel Studio, Noida, India.
Zee news today is a top competitor in the Indian news channel market. The opponents of Zee news are, Aajtak TV, Tehelka TV, CNN IBN, NDTV (New Delhi TV), state run Doordarshan, ETV etc.
Zee news, the single pay channel of India, serves news and current information. Most of the programs are in Hindi. Live events are transmitted for audience regularly. Zee news Hindi live is also transmitted in regular intervals every hour. The Zee news Hindi live news include hardcore news, breaking news of national and international affairs, state news, sports news, business, science and health news, crime reports, lifestyle reports and showbiz news as well. The shows telecasted by Zee News, also comprise social service programs.
The channel's popular programs are pioneering news and documentary programs, for example, “Special Correspondent', a weekly program on reporters field experience; a highly apprised interview show exposing the lifestyle and inside stories of various personalities; “the persona”, Encounter, etc.
Also, “Zara Sochiye” is a different popular program on Zee News was awarded for the type of “The Best community Affairs Program at global Television show and advertising”, New York.
Zee news achieved EMMVIES award 2004 for its marketing activities. This was the first Indian channel to be awarded.
Zee News, currently, is a branch of ZNL. In addition, Zee News the later also encompasses Zee Telugu, Zee 24, Zee Kannada Zee Tamil, Zee Bangla, Zee Marathi, Zee 24 Ghantalu, 24 Ghanta, Zee Business etc.
In 1993, a strike occurred in the channel for payment.