Zee Kannada is an Indian Kannada pay television GEC that was launched in the year 2006 and owned by Zee Entertainment Enterprises.[2] It is also being as the first mainstream satellite channel in Kannada.[3]

Zee Kannada
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TypeTV Channel
Broadcast areaIndia
NetworkZee Entertainment Enterprises
HeadquartersBengaluru, Karnataka, India
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to letterboxed 576i for the SDTV feed)
OwnerZee Entertainment Enterprises
(to be merged with Sony Pictures Networks India)
Sister channelsList of Zee channels
LaunchedMay 11, 2006; 16 years ago (2006-05-11)[1]
WebsiteZee Kannada on ZEE5
Streaming media


Zee Kannada was launched in 2006 as ZEE's second South Indian language channel after its Telugu venture, which launched in May 2005.[4]

On 2014, Zee Kannada light blue logo has given way to brighter red and blue.[5]

On 2018, a new brand identity and launched the HD Channel with HD visuals and Dolby Digital Plus sound quality. The unveil and launch took place in a grand ceremony at the Zee Kannada Kutumba Awards 2018.[6][7]

ZEEL launched the digital news channel as Zee Kannada News in January 2022.[8]


Sibling channelEdit

Zee Entertainment Enterprises launched Zee Kannada's sister channel Zee Picchar on 1 March 2020, which airs non-stop Sandalwood films.[9][10]


From its launch to still, Zee Kannada is consistently remains the Number.1 channel in Karnataka and one of the Top Rated Indian television channel by its programmes such as drama, reality shows and films.[11][12] The shows like Puttakkana Makkalu, Gattimela, Hitler Kalyana, Jothe Jotheyalli and reality shows like Jodi No.1 were been Leading the TRP Charts.[13][14][15]

Award FunctionsEdit

Hemmeya KannadigaEdit

Hemmeya Kannadiga is given to the people who made Karnataka proud at different occupation like Film Industry, Social Service, Sports.[16]

Zee Kutumba AwardsEdit

Renowned Zee Kannada television personalities are felicitated for their on-screen work and achievements for their shows. Zee honoring fiction stars and shows by nominating and presenting awards to them.[17]

Zee Comedy AwardsEdit

The comedy artists of Sandalwood and Stage artists are honoured by presenting awards to them


  1. ^ "Zee Group to launch Kannada channel". Zee News. 11 May 2006.
  2. ^ "Zee Kannada launch today". DNA. 10 May 2006.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ "Zee Kannada marks 14 years of grand success". Medianews4u.com. 12 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Zee Group launched its much anticipated Kannada channel Zee Kannada". Indian Television. 11 May 2006.
  5. ^ "Zee kannada goes colourful with new logo and look". Indian Television. 31 July 2014.
  6. ^ "Zee Kannada – ZEE KANNADA HD – Kannada Entertainment Online – Updates & More – ZEE5". Zee5.
  7. ^ "Zee Kannada to air new episodes on June 1 as shooting resumes for shows". Exchange4media.com.
  8. ^ "ZEE Group to launch four digital regional news channels for South India". Exchange4media.com.
  9. ^ "Kannada movie channel Zee Picchar to be launched on March 1". Exchange4media.
  10. ^ "New Kannada movie channel Zee Picchar to give viewers a 'Hit Dinada Feeling'". Bestmediainfo.
  11. ^ "TRP Ratings Kannada Channels 2022 – Barc Data Week 07 – Latest Rating Reports". Kannadatvshows.com.
  12. ^ "WEEK 44 - DATA: Week 44: Saturday, 30th October 2021 To Friday, 5th November 2021". Broadcast Audience Research Council. Archived from the original on 16 November 2021. Retrieved 16 November 2021.
  13. ^ "Hitler Kalyana tops the TRP charts". The Times of India.
  14. ^ "Puttakkana Makkalu to Sathya; a look at the top 5 Kannada shows of the week". The Times of India.
  15. ^ "Newly launched couple-based reality show Jodi No 1 scores well on the TRP charts; host Swetha Changappa pens a gratitude note". The Times of India.
  16. ^ "List of Hemmeya Kannadigas who have made Karnataka proud". TimesofIndia.com.
  17. ^ "ZEE Kannada celebrates ZEE Kutumba Awards". TimesofIndia.com.

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