India TV is a Hindi news channel based in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India. The channel was launched on 20 May 2004 by Rajat Sharma and wife Ritu Dhawan. The channel is the flagship service of Independent News Service, which was co-founded by Sharma and Dhawan in 1997.
In 1997, Rajat Sharma and Ritu Dhawan set up their own production house – Independent News Service (INS), the parent company which owns India TV. He co-founded India TV with his wife in April, 2004 from a studio in Film City, Noida, then considered one of Asia’s largest news TV studios.
INS has investment from Keyur Patel, a top Silicon Valley venture capital and media billionaire, running one of the largest private equity entity investing in media. Other investors include Gautam Adani and Mukesh Ambani.
India TV has digital connectivity and its Broadcast Centre covers an area of more than 2.9 acres in Sector 85, Noida.
Prior to launching India TV, Rajat Sharma was a known face on Indian television since 1992, having previously been the anchor of Aap Ki Adalat on Zee TV and Janata Ki Adalat on Star TV. Independent News Service received investment from Fuse+ Media, an entity of ComVentures, a venture capital firm based in Palo Alto, California, United States with over $1.5 billion of assets under management