|Network||Asianet Star Communications|
|Slogan||അനുദിനം വളരുന്ന ആത്മബന്ധം (Self esteem growing day by day)|
|Picture format||1080i HDTV|
(downscaled to letterboxed 576i for the SDTV feed)
|Parent||The Walt Disney Company|
|Launched||30 August 1993|
|Website||Asianet on Hotstar|
|Asianet Digital||Channel 104 |
Channel 802 (HD)
|Kerala Vision Digital TV||Channel 006 (SD)|
Channel 652 (HD)
|StarHub TV (Singapore)||Channel 139|
|DEN Networks||Channel 601|
|YES Digital ||Channel 103|
|Airtel digital TV||Channel 826 (SD)|
Channel 827 (HD)
|DishTV||Channel 1902 (SD)|
Channel 1901 (HD)
|Tata Sky||Channel 1807 (SD)|
Channel 1806 (HD)
|Videocon d2h||Channel 603 (SD)|
Channel 991 (HD)
|Sun Direct TV||Channel 201 (SD)|
Channel 854 (HD)
Asianet is a Malayalam language Indian general entertainment pay television channel operated by Asianet Star Communications, under Star India unit, owned by The Walt Disney Company India. The channel is headquartered in Thiruvananthapurm, Kerala.
The channel was originally promoted by Sashi Kumar with seed capital provided by Reji Menon in the mid 1990s. In late 2006, Reji Menon partially pulled out of Asianet Communications, turning over control to Rajeev Chandrasekhar (Jupiter Entertainment Ventures). Star India bought a 51% stake in Asianet Communications and formed joint venture with JEV in November, 2008. Star India acquired 100% stake in Asianet Communications in March 2014.
Asianet Communications was the first entertainment television company in Malayalam. It was promoted by Sashi Kumar with seed capital provided by Reji Menon. Kumar was a former head of Press Trust of India's television division and his relative Menon was a Moscow-based businessman.
When Asianet faced a financial crunch, the real estate firm Rahejas was given 50% stake in the cable operations. The channels were still owned by Sashi Kumar (50% shares) and Reji Menon (50% shares). The Rahejas later wanted a stake in the channel operations too. While Kumar resisted overtures from the Rahejas, Menon negotiated a deal with them, and under the deal, the Rahejas got full control over the cable company. Menon used the consideration the Rahejas paid him to provide Kumar a "golden handshake".
Afterwards an attempt by Zee Group to acquire Asianet from Menon fell through. This was apparently because the severance agreement with the cable company prohibits the channel's takeover by a company with interest in cable operations.
Rajiv Chandrasekhar Era (2006 - 2008)
In late 2006 Reji Menon - after months long speculations - partially pulled out of Asianet turning over control to Rajeev Chandrasekhar. At the time, Asianet was the leader amongst the Malayalam channels accounting for 35% of Kerala's total advertisement market. Chandrasekhar had acquired a 51% stake in the Asianet channels (Asianet, Asianet News, and Asianet Plus) through Jupiter Entertainment Ventures (JEV) in October 2006. While there was no official word from Asianet on the size of the investment, the figure is thought to range between INR 120-150 crore. The remaining 49% stake was still held by Reji Menon and Asianet MD K. Madhavan with Zee Group holding a small 3% stake. Madhavan continued as the MD of Asianet, while Chandrasekhar took over as the Chairman of the company. Asianet Communications soon launched its foray into Kannada and Telugu television industry with Asianet Suvarna and Asianet Sitara.
Star India Acquisitions (2008 - 2014)
Asianet was restructured into four companies in June 2008 (general entertainment, news, radio and media infrastructure). This move was to allow separate investments in each company. Star India started talks with the owners of the Asianet channels in August, 2008.
Star India eventually bought a 51% stake in Asianet Communications and formed joint venture with JEV in November, 2008. The joint venture, called "Star Jupiter", comprised all general entertainment channels of Asianet 8 October 2013 bombay 12 March Communications (Asianet, Asianet Plus, Asianet Suvarna and Asianet Sitara ) and Star Vijay. Star India had reportedly paid $235 million in cash for the 51% stake and assumed net debt of approximately $20 million. It's not clear how much stake Menon held in the new Star Jupiter venture. Prior to forming the JV, it was known that the original founder had held about 26% stake.
Star India increased its stake in Asianet Communications to 75% in July 2010 (for which Star India paid around $90 million in cash), and to 87%, by acquiring 12% stake for $160 million in June, 2013. The later move was by virtue of acquiring a 19% equity stake in Vijay TV from Chandrasekhar and Asianet Communications MD Madhavan. Following the June, 2013 investment, Asianet Communications was valued at $1.33 billion. Star India acquired 100% stake in Asianet Communications (buying the remaining 13% stake) in March 2014.
Star India was a subsidiary of 21st Century Fox. Upon The Walt Disney Company acquiring most of 21st Century Fox on March 20, 2019, Asianet Star Communications, along with all of Star India's subsidiaries, became subsidiaries of The Walt Disney Company, and restructuring put them under Disney India.
Coverage and Viewership
Asianet has a presence in over 60 countries worldwide including the Indian sub-continent, China, South East Asia, Middle East, Europe, United States and the lower half of the former Soviet Union.
Asianet has programming which appeals to all audiences irrespective of their age groups or demography. The channel is well accepted as the complete family entertainer.
Asianet Film Awards
Asianet has an award ceremony for films presented annually by Asianet. Asianet says that awards ceremony has been instituted to honour both artistic and technical excellence in the Malayalam language film industry.
Asianet Television Awards
Awards for the Television Serials were started with this name, every year best serials were nominated and presented awards to them.
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