beaming Zee TV on 2 October, 1992 as
the first Hindi language cable channel
Over the last 23 years, Zee
Entertainment Enterprises’ Hindi
general entertainment channel (GEC)
Zee TV has expanded its reach to more
than 169 countries and has viewership
of over 956 million across the world.
What’s more, with the advent of Zee
TV, the industry has created one
million jobs, according to Dr Chandra.
On 23 anniversary of Zee TV, Dr
Chandra took to Twitter to say:
Today is 23rd anniversary of private
television in India. With Zee tv.
Industry created one million jobs.
Best for all
— Dr. Subhash Chandra
(@_SubhashChandra) October 1, 2015
Following his father’s tweet-steps,
ZEEL MD and CEO Puneet Goenka also
Today ZEE completes 23 glorious years
of entertaining&unifying the world!A
proud moment for every member of the
ZEE Family across the world!
— Punit Goenka (@punit_goenka)
October 2, 2015
Since launch, the channel has aired
hundreds of fictional show, which
while providing entertainment have
also raised multiple social issues of
the country. Some of its impactful
dramas have been series like Agle
Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi Kijo, Apki Antra,
Ghar Ki Lakshmi Betiyaan and Afsar
Betiya amongst many others.
A pioneer in many aspects, Zee TV was
the first to introduce India’s first
musical reality show called
Antakshari, which ran successfully
for over ten years. Hosted by Anuu
Kapoor, the show was viewers’ staple
diet across age groups.
Zee also went on to launch Zee Khana
Khazana, the first 24 hours food
channel in India. Aap Ki Adalat hosted
by renowned journalist Rajat Sharma,
was among the most loved show of 90s
that the channel has ever produced.
In the fiction space, the channel gave
a landmark show like Tara – the first
show on contemporary urban women by
Vinta Nanda that ran for about five
years on the channel. Some of the
other shows that have managed to
make a mark areAastitvaa Ek Prem
Kahani as well as the endearing and
inimitable Hum Paanch.
In 1995, the channel launched first
singing reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa,
which has given some of the finest
singers to the industry. After
producing the first singing reality
show, the channel came up with first
India’s largest dance reality
showDance India Dance in 2009, which
is currently running in its fifth
On the occasion of its 23rd
anniversary, Zee TV is also running a
contest on social media. On Twitter,
the channel is running a #Zeeturns23
contest, where several questions
related to Zee are posed and people
are asked to tweet their answers.
As was earlier reported by
Indiantelevision.com, the latest
offering from Zee TV is the new
reality show called I Can Do That. The
show is an adaptation of an
international series by the same name
and will be hosted by Farhan Akhtar.
Additionally, Zee TV is also planning
to launch the second season of India’s
Best Dramebaaz in the coming months.
On the fiction front, the channel is
readying a new series called Kaala
Teeka. However, the launch date of
the show has not yet been revealed.