Zee TV is a Hindi Language general entertainment channel owned by the Essel Group in India. It is associated with several other sister channels which provide services in Hindi, English and several regional languages of India. Zee TV and its sister channels are operated by Zee Entertainment Enterprises, a subsidiary of the Essel Group.[1] The chairman of the group is Subhash Chandra, who is a Bharatiya Janata Party backed member of the Rajya Sabha.[2] Zee TV was launched on 2 October 1992 as the flagship channel of the Zee Telefirms Ltd (later renamed to Zee Entertainment Enterprises). The channel was the first Hindi language subscription channel in India.[3]

Zee TV
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Launched2 October 1992; 27 years ago (1992-10-02)
Owned byEssel Group
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to letterboxed 576i for the SDTV feed)
Audience share512,064 (September 2020, BARC India)
SloganYeh Hai Zee TV (1992–2005)
Har Pal Banaye Ek Naya Rishta (2008–2011)
Umeed Se Saje Zindagi (2011–2014)
Har Lamha Nayi Umeed (2014–2017)
Aaj Likhenge Kal (2017–present)
HeadquartersMumbai, Maharashtra, India
Sister channel(s)See list of channels owned by ZEEL
Digital terrestrial televisionChannel slots vary in each city
Airtel digital TV (India)Channel 108 (SD)
Channel 109 (HD)
Tata SkyChannel 143 (SD)
Channel 141 (HD)
Dish TVChannel 118 (SD)
Channel 117 (HD)
Videocon d2hChannel 103 (SD)
Channel 903 (HD)
Sun DirectChannel 308 (SD)
Channel 876 (HD)


In 1992, the Empire Holding Ltd company of the Essel Group was converted into Zee Telefirms Ltd as part of the Essel Group venture into mass media and entertainment.[1] The Zee TV channel was launched as the flagship channel of the company.[4] The channel went on air for the first time on 1 October 1992. In 1993, it began operating as a 24/7 channel.[5] Zee Telefirms Ltd was converted into the Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd on 10 January 2007, which continues to operate the entertainment channels of the Zee Network.[1] In 2013, Zee TV along with its sister channels went over a branding overhaul.[6]

Sister channelsEdit

The Zee Enterntainment Enterprises Ltd is the mass media company which operates the Zee Network, most of which are subscription based with some exceptions. Zee TV is the flagship channel of the company. The Zee Network consists of a number channels in the genres of general entertainment, movies, lifestyle and travel.[7][8] The Zee Entertainment Enterprises also operates a number of channels under sister brands such as "&", "Big" and Living Entertainment.[9]

Zee channelsEdit

Living Entertainment channelsEdit

  • Living Foodz: 24/7 Hindi and English language food and lifestyle channel. It was formerly branded as Zee Khana Khazana.
  • Living Travelz: 24/7 Hindi and English language travel channel.

& channelsEdit

Big channelsEdit

International channelsEdit

The Zee Network also consists of several channels available solely in specific countries outside India. These channels primarily broadcast movies and Zee Network shows produced in India, and dubbed in several foreign languages.[14]


The channel mostly airs content intended for family and coming-of-age generations ranging from comedy to drama.[15] It has also aired reality shows such as Shabaash India,[16] Sa Re Ga Ma Pa,[17] I Can Do That,[18] India's Best Cinestars Ki Khoj,[19] and Dance India Dance.[20]

Zee TV launched a Nickelodeon-branded programming block in 1999 as part of a distribution deal between Viacom International and Zee Entertainment Enterprises. It was replaced by a new Cartoon Network block in 2002.[21][22]

Zee Rishtey AwardsEdit

Since 2007, the channel has presented an annual award show, the Zee Rishtey Awards, to performers on its show based on their popularity.[23] Nominations for the awards are declared by the channel. The winners are selected through voting that is made online and through SMS.[24][25][26]


Sonu Nigam accused that he was banned by the Zee Network after he tweeted in support of politician Dr. Kumar Vishwas.[27][28][29]


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  12. ^ "Zee, MGM part ways; new channel called ZMZ". The Economic Times. 4 October 2004. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  13. ^ "&flix aims to be in top 3 in its second year of operations". TelevisionPost. 6 June 2019. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  14. ^ "International Business of ZEEL – ZEE Entertainment". ZEE Entertainment Corporate Website. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  15. ^ "17 New serials are to be launched". IT Team. indianrelevision.com. 9 March 2001. Retrieved 19 December 2015.
  16. ^ Sapna, Nair (14 June 2006). "Action and adventure to rule Zee's prime slot". afaqs news bureau. afaqs. Retrieved 19 December 2015.
  17. ^ Prachi, Shrivastava (18 December 2014). "Zee TV hikes ad rates for Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Li'l Champs 5". afaqs news bureau. afaqs. Retrieved 19 December 2015.
  18. ^ "After Oye! It's Friday, Farhan Akhtar is returning to TV". Hindustan Times. 27 August 2015. Retrieved 5 September 2015.
  19. ^ "Zee launches star hunt 'India's Best Cinestars Ki Khoj'". Indiantelevision.com. 21 April 2004.
  20. ^ "DID Little Masters tops the flock; Zee slips back to No. 3". afaqs news bureau. afaqs. 4 May 2012. Retrieved 19 December 2015.
  21. ^ "ZEE TV TO LAUNCH NICKELODEON". 11 October 1999. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  22. ^ "Cartoon Network block replaces Nick on Zee TV". 14 August 2002. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  23. ^ Correspondent, After Hrs (15 March 2010). "'Zee TV' ratings soar this week". DNA India.
  24. ^ "Zee Rishtey Awards celebrate 20 years of channel - Times of India". The Times of India.
  25. ^ MumbaiDecember 1, Priyanka Srivastava; December 1, 2014UPDATED:; Ist, 2014 13:08. "TV stars shine at Zee Rishtey Awards in Mumbai". India Today.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link) CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
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  27. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 1 May 2015. Retrieved 29 April 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  28. ^ "News18.com: CNN News18 Latest News, Breaking News India, Current News Headlines". Ibnlive.in.com. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  29. ^ "Sonu Nigam accuses music company of announcing ban on him". India Today. 29 April 2015. Retrieved 8 October 2018.

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