Media Infrastructure in Chennai

Chennai has a well-developed communication and media infrastructure. The city is covered by a large network of optical fiber cables. The city's telephone service is serviced by four landline companies: BSNL, Tata Indicom, Reliance Infocomm and Airtel.

There are six mobile phone companies: BSNL, Hutch, Skycell, Airtel, Tata Indicom and Reliance Infocomm. The phone companies also offer broadband Internet access. The city is the key point of connectivity between Indian and underwater South East Asian optical fibre networks.

Doordarshan runs two terrestrial television channels and two satellite television channels from its Chennai centre. The city has two AM and four FM radio stations, operated by All India Radio and private broadcasters.

Chennai has about six print media groups that publish about eight major newspapers and magazines. The major Tamil dailies include the Dina Thanthi, Dina Mani, Dina Malar and Malai Malar.

The major English dailies are The Hindu, The New Indian Express, The Deccan Chronicle and an evening daily, The News Today. Besides these major newspapers, there a number of localised neighbourhood newspapers that caters to particular localities. Magazines published from Chennai include Ananda Vikatan, Junior Vikatan, Kumudham, Kalki, Frontline and Sportstar.

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