||The neutrality of this article is disputed. (February 2011)|
|Slogan||HI (For A Better Society)|
|Headquarters||Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India|
|Sister channel(s)||TV9 Kannada, TV9 Gujarat, News9, TV1, TV9 Maharashtra|
TV9 (Telugu: టీవీ9) is a Telugu news channel started in January 2004 by a team of journalists led by Ravi Prakash. It gained instant popularity among the masses with the punchline "మెరుగైన సమాజం కొసం"(For A Better Society).
Following success in Andhra Pradesh, TV9 expanded its network with news channels in Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Bengali and Gujarati languages. These channels are broadcast by Associated Broadcasting Company Private Limited of Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India.
TV9 has been famous for organising various programs both on the screen and in the society directly for enhancing the public life standards. This includes a helping hand for flood victims in Andhra Pradesh, a run to eradicate flourosis problem in Nalgonda district, and operating children with heart diseases.1 To bring environmental awareness among public, TV9 management installed a huge eco-friendly clay Ganesha idol at Hyderabad.2
Initially it became famous for broadcasting soft porn, mms clips and other adult related videos for increase in TRP ratings.But when in February 2011, TV9 Telugu conducted what was described as a "sting operation" on the "gay culture" in the Hyderabad city. The gay community, which described the programme as discriminatory and presenting an unduly negative impression, later carried out protests outside both the Mumbai and Hyderabad offices of TV9.3
Harish Iyer, a Mumbai-based gay activist said "What was the sting operation for since it is absolutely legal for two consenting adults to have sex in their private space according to section 377 amendment. They had not got consent from the people whose pictures were broadcast on the channel, which is the basic ethic of journalism."4
Gay rights activist Aditya Bandopadhyay accused the producers, in an open letter to the channel, of "hunting down" gay people for the amusement of viewers. Bandopadhyay states that it was a "clear case of entrapment". In his letter, he asks for a public apology and warns that legal action may be an option.5
With regard to an extremely derogatory programme done by TV9 on me titled "Ram Dhamaal Varma" where they have attributed many false quotes to me, of which one example is "prekshakulu verri vedhavalu", I am hereby informing that I am initiating criminal action against TV9 for defamation with a criminal intent.678
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- "'Green Ganesh' campaign by TV9". The Hindu. 2011-09-01. Retrieved 2012-03-21.
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- "Gays offer roses to news channel to overcome homophobia". Ndtv.com. 2011-02-25. Retrieved 2012-03-04.
- Geen, Jessica. "Indian TV report outs gay men". PinkNews.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-03-04.
- 16reels.com. "Ram Gopal Varma to file Defamatory Case on TV9". Telugu.16reels.com. Retrieved 2012-03-04.
- "Ram Gopal Varma seeks to file complaint against Telugu channel - Entertainment - DNA". Dnaindia.com. 2011-02-26. Retrieved 2012-03-04.
- "RGV slaps case on TV9 - Telugu Movie News". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 2012-03-04.