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Top 20 Best Media & Communications Companies In India 2023

Media and communication are the roots of society. Here is the list of top companies:-

1. Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited

Media & Communications Company

Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited is a subsidiary of Reliance Industries Limited and is one of the largest telecommunications companies in India. It was launched in 2016 and quickly became a major player in the industry, offering affordable 4G services and disrupting the market.

Reliance Jio offers a range of digital services, including high-speed internet, voice and video calling, messaging, streaming, and more. It also provides digital solutions for various industries, including healthcare, education, and agriculture. 

The company has a vast network of over 400,000 cell towers and fiber optic cables and is constantly expanding its infrastructure to reach more customers.

Reliance Jio has won several awards for its innovative services, including the ‘Best Mobile Network’ award at the 2019 Mobile Industry Awards.

 It has also been recognized for its efforts to bridge the digital divide in India, particularly in rural areas. The company continues to invest in new technologies and services to further enhance its position as a leader in the telecommunications industry.

2. Bharti Airtel Limited

Bharti Airtel Limited is an Indian multinational telecommunications company headquartered in New Delhi, India.

 It operates in 18 countries across South Asia and Africa and provides a range of services including 2G, 3G, 4G, and 5G wireless voice and data services, fixed-line broadband, and direct-to-home (DTH) services.

Bharti Airtel is the second largest mobile network operator in India, with over 440 million subscribers as of June 2021.

 It is also one of the leading mobile network operators in Africa, with operations in 14 countries. The company was founded in 1995 by Sunil Bharti Mittal and has since grown to become one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world.

Bharti Airtel is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange of India. As of February 2023, its market capitalization was around $74 billion. 

The company has won numerous awards and recognitions for its services and initiatives, including the Best Network Experience Award at the 2021 India Digital Awards and the Most Innovative Telecom Company Award at the 2021 Indian Digital Media Awards.

3. Vodafone Idea Limited

Vodafone Idea Limited is an Indian telecommunications company headquartered in Mumbai, India. The company was formed in August 2018 by the merger of Vodafone India and Idea Cellular, two of India’s largest mobile network operators.

Vodafone Idea provides a range of services including 2G, 3G, and 4G wireless voice and data services, fixed-line broadband, and enterprise services. It is the third largest mobile network operator in India, with over 280 million subscribers as of June 2021.

The company is listed on the National Stock Exchange of India and the Bombay Stock Exchange. However, Vodafone Idea has been struggling with financial difficulties due to intense competition in the Indian telecom market, high debt, and regulatory hurdles.

 In 2021, the company reported a net loss of over $7 billion for the fiscal year ending March 2021.

As of February 2023, Vodafone Idea’s market capitalization was around $2 billion. The company has been taking steps to address its financial challenges, including raising funds through a rights issue and a sale of fiber assets.

4. Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited

Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited is an Indian media and entertainment company that is headquartered in Mumbai, India. 

The company is a subsidiary of the Essel Group, which is a conglomerate that operates in a range of industries including media, infrastructure, and finance.

Zee Entertainment operates a range of television channels in India, including channels in regional languages as well as in English.

 Its offerings include entertainment, news, sports, and music channels. The company also produces and distributes films in India.

In addition to its operations in India, Zee Entertainment has a presence in over 170 countries. 

The company has subsidiaries in the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia-Pacific.

As of February 2023, Zee Entertainment’s market capitalization was around $4 billion. The company has been in the news recently due to its proposed merger with Sony Pictures Networks India, which was announced in 2021. 

The merger is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to create a larger player in the Indian media and entertainment industry.

5. Sony Pictures Networks India Private Limited

Sony Pictures Networks India Private Limited (SPN) is an Indian television network company that is a subsidiary of Sony Pictures Entertainment. 

SPN is headquartered in Mumbai, India, and operates a range of television channels in India, including channels in Hindi, English, and regional languages.

The company’s offerings include entertainment, sports, movies, and music channels. SPN is the official broadcaster of several major international sports leagues and events in India, including the Indian Premier League (IPL), the UEFA Champions League, the NBA, and the Australian Open.

In addition to its television operations, SPN also operates digital platforms such as SonyLIV, which offers on-demand video content including TV shows, movies, and live sports streaming.

As of February 2023, SPN’s market capitalization was around $8 billion. The company has been in the news recently due to its proposed merger with Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited, which was announced in 2021. 

The merger is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to create a larger player in the Indian media and entertainment industry.

6. Sun TV Network Limited

Media & Communications Company

Sun TV Network Limited is an Indian media and entertainment company that is headquartered in Chennai, India. 

The company was founded in 1993 and is part of the Sun Group, which is a conglomerate that operates in a range of industries including media, aviation, and hospitality.

Sun TV Network operates a range of television channels in several regional languages in India, including Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam. 

The company’s offerings include general entertainment, news, music, and movie channels. Sun TV Network also has a presence in the United States, Canada, and the Middle East through its subsidiary, Sun TV Network (America) Inc.

In addition to its television operations, Sun TV Network has interests in film production and distribution in South India. 

The company has produced and distributed several successful films in Tamil and other regional languages.

As of February 2023, Sun TV Network’s market capitalization was around $3 billion. The company has won numerous awards and recognitions for its television offerings and has been a market leader in the South Indian television market.

7. Network18 Media and Investments Limited

Network18 Media and Investments Limited is an Indian media and entertainment company that is headquartered in Mumbai, India. The company is a subsidiary of Reliance Industries Limited, which is one of India’s largest conglomerates.

Network18 operates a range of television channels in India, including channels in regional languages as well as in English. 

Its offerings include news, entertainment, and lifestyle channels. The company also has interests in digital media, e-commerce, and film production.

In addition to its television operations, Network18 operates digital platforms such as News18.com, which offers news and other content across multiple languages in India. 

The company also has a joint venture with ViacomCBS to operate Viacom18, which is a major entertainment and media company in India.

As of February 2023, Network18’s market capitalization was around $3 billion. The company has won numerous awards and recognitions for its television offerings and digital platforms, including the Best Digital News Platform at the 2020 Indian Digital Media Awards.

8. Times Network

Times Network is an Indian media and entertainment company that is a subsidiary of The Times Group, which is one of India’s largest media conglomerates. The company is headquartered in Mumbai, India.

Times Network operates a range of television channels in India, including channels in English and Hindi. Its offerings include news, entertainment, and lifestyle channels. The company’s news channels include Times Now, ET Now, and Mirror Now. 

Its entertainment and lifestyle channels include Zoom, Romedy Now, and Movies Now.

In addition to its television operations, Times Network operates digital platforms such as Timesnownews.com, which offers news and other content in India.

 The company has also ventured into podcasting through its platform, Times Podcast. As of February 2023, Times Network’s market capitalization was around $3 billion. 

The company has won numerous awards and recognitions for its television offerings and digital platforms, including the Best English News Channel Award at the Indian Television Academy Awards in 2020.

9. Bennett, Coleman & Co. Limited (The Times of India Group)

Bennett, Coleman & Co. Limited, commonly known as The Times of India Group, is one of India’s largest media conglomerates. 

The company is headquartered in Mumbai, India, and has a presence across multiple media platforms, including print, digital, radio, and television.

The Times of India Group’s flagship publication is The Times of India, which is one of India’s largest English-language daily newspapers.

 The company also publishes a range of other newspapers, including The Economic Times, which is India’s largest business newspaper.

In addition to its print publications, The Times of India Group has a significant presence in digital media through platforms such as timesofindia.com, economictimes.com, and navbharattimes.com.

 The company also operates a range of television channels through its subsidiary, Times Network, which offers news, entertainment, and lifestyle channels.

The Times of India Group has also diversified into other industries, including e-commerce, real estate, and education.

 Its e-commerce platform, Times Prime, offers discounts and benefits on a range of services such as food delivery, travel, and entertainment.

As of February 2023, The Times of India Group’s market capitalization was around $4 billion. 

The company has won numerous awards and recognitions for its media offerings and is widely regarded as one of the most influential media companies in India.

10. Hindustan Times Media Limited

Media & Communications Company

Hindustan Times Media Limited is an Indian media and entertainment company that is headquartered in New Delhi, India. The company is a subsidiary of HT Media Limited, which is one of India’s largest media conglomerates.

Hindustan Times Media Limited operates a range of print and digital media platforms, including the Hindustan Times, which is one of India’s largest English-language daily newspapers. 

The company also publishes a range of other newspapers, including Hindustan Times, which is one of India’s largest Hindi-language daily newspapers.

In addition to its print publications, Hindustan Times Media Limited has a significant presence in digital media through platforms such as hindustantimes.com, livehindustan.com, and mint.com. 

The company also operates a range of radio channels through its subsidiary, Fever FM.

As of February 2023, Hindustan Times Media Limited’s market capitalization was around $300 million. 

The company has won numerous awards and recognitions for its media offerings, including the Best Innovation in Print Award at the Indian Digital Media Awards in 2020.

11. TV Today Network Limited

TV Today Network Limited is an Indian media and entertainment company that is headquartered in New Delhi, India. The company is a subsidiary of Living Media India Limited, which is one of India’s largest media companies.

TV Today Network Limited operates a range of television channels in India, including channels in Hindi and English. Its flagship channel is India Today, which is one of India’s largest news channels. 

The company also operates Aaj Tak, which is a Hindi-language news channel, and Delhi Aaj Tak, which is a regional news channel in Hindi.

In addition to its television operations, TV Today Network Limited operates digital platforms such as indiatoday.in, which offers news and other content in India.

 The company has also launched mobile apps for India Today and Aaj Tak, which allow users to access news and other content on their smartphones.

As of February 2023, TV Today Network Limited’s market capitalization was around $500 million. 

The company has won numerous awards and recognitions for its television offerings and digital platforms, including the Best Hindi News Channel Award at the Indian Television Academy Awards in 2020.

12. Dish TV India Limited

Dish TV India Limited is an Indian direct-to-home (DTH) television service provider that is headquartered in Noida, India. The company was established in 2003 and was the first company to launch DTH services in India.

Dish TV India offers a range of television channels to its customers, including both standard definition (SD) and high definition (HD) channels. The company has a customer base of over 23 million subscribers and offers its services across India.

In addition to its DTH services, Dish TV India has also diversified into other areas of media and entertainment. 

The company operates digital platforms such as Watcho, which offers a range of web series, short films, and other digital content. It has also launched mobile apps that allow users to access its DTH services and digital content on their smartphones.

Dish TV India has won numerous awards and recognitions for its DTH services and digital offerings, including the Best DTH Operator Award at the Indian Telly Awards in 2020. As of February 2023, Dish TV India’s market capitalization was around $500 million.

13. Inox Leisure Limited

Inox Leisure Limited is an Indian company that operates a chain of multiplex cinemas. The company is headquartered in Mumbai, India, and is a subsidiary of the Inox Group, which is a diversified business conglomerate.

Inox Leisure Limited operates more than 150 multiplex cinemas across India, with a total seating capacity of over 60,000. The company offers a range of amenities to its customers, including food and beverage options, luxury seating, and online booking facilities.

In addition to its cinema operations, Inox Leisure Limited has diversified into other areas of media and entertainment. The company operates a range of digital platforms, including inoxmovies.com, which offers online movie ticket booking and other content.

Inox Leisure Limited has won numerous awards and recognitions for its cinema operations and digital offerings, including the Best Multiplex Chain Award at the Big Cine Expo Awards in 2019. 

As of February 2023, Inox Leisure Limited’s market capitalization was around $300 million.

14. PVR Limited

Media & Communications Company

PVR Limited is an Indian company that operates a chain of multiplex cinemas. The company is headquartered in Gurgaon, India, and was founded in 1997.

PVR Limited operates more than 800 screens across India, with a total seating capacity of over 190,000. 

The company offers a range of amenities to its customers, including food and beverage options, luxury seating, and online booking facilities. PVR Limited also operates several premium cinema formats, including IMAX, 4DX, and Gold Class.

In addition to its cinema operations, PVR Limited has diversified into other areas of media and entertainment.

 The company operates a range of digital platforms, including pvrcinemas.com, which offers online movie ticket booking and other content.

PVR Limited has won numerous awards and recognitions for its cinema operations and digital offerings, including the Best Multiplex Chain Award at the Big Cine Expo Awards in 2019. As of February 2023, PVR Limited’s market capitalization was around $1.5 billion.

15. HT Media Limited

HT Media Limited is an Indian media and entertainment company that is headquartered in New Delhi, India. 

The company was founded in 1924 and is part of the larger HT Group, which includes a range of businesses such as real estate, education, and hospitality.

HT Media Limited operates several print publications in India, including the Hindustan Times, one of India’s largest English-language daily newspapers, and the Hindi-language newspaper Hindustan. 

The company also operates Mint, a business newspaper in partnership with The Wall Street Journal, and several other print publications.

In addition to its print operations, HT Media Limited operates digital platforms such as hindustantimes.com, which offers news and other content in India. 

The company has also launched mobile apps for its print publications, which allow users to access news and other content on their smartphones.

HT Media Limited has won numerous awards and recognitions for its print publications and digital offerings, including the Best English Daily Award at the Indian Television Academy Awards in 2020. As of February 2023, HT Media Limited’s market capitalization was around $150 million.

16. Balaji Telefilms Limited

Balaji Telefilms Limited is an Indian company that is primarily involved in the production of television serials, films, and other forms of digital content. The company is headquartered in Mumbai, India, and was founded in 1994 by Ekta Kapoor.

Balaji Telefilms Limited produces content in a range of genres, including drama, comedy, and romance. The company has produced several successful television shows in India, including “Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi” and “Kasautii Zindagii Kay”. 

Balaji Telefilms has also produced films, including “The Dirty Picture” and “Half Girlfriend”.

In addition to its television and film production operations, Balaji Telefilms Limited has diversified into other areas of media and entertainment. 

The company operates a range of digital platforms, including ALT Balaji, which offers a range of web series and other digital content.

Balaji Telefilms Limited has won numerous awards and recognitions for its television shows, films, and digital offerings, including the Best TV Production House Award at the Indian Telly Awards in 2020.

 As of February 2023, Balaji Telefilms Limited’s market capitalization was around $400 million.

17. Eros International Media Limited

Eros International Media Limited is an Indian media and entertainment company that primarily operates in the film production and distribution space. The company is headquartered in Mumbai, India, and was founded in 1977.

Eros International Media Limited produces and distributes films in a range of languages, including Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, and Punjabi.

 The company has produced and distributed several successful films in India, including “Bajrangi Bhaijaan”, “Tubelight”, and “Bajirao Mastani”. 

Eros International Media Limited also has a significant presence in the international market, particularly in the United States, where it has a distribution network.

In addition to its film production and distribution operations, Eros International Media Limited has diversified into other areas of media and entertainment. 

The company operates a range of digital platforms, including Eros Now, which offers a range of digital content, including films, television shows, and original web series.

Eros International Media Limited has won numerous awards and recognitions for its film productions and digital offerings, including the Best Film Production and Distribution Company Award at the International Indian Film Academy Awards in 2020.

 As of February 2023, Eros International Media Limited’s market capitalization was around $500 million.

18. India Today Group

Media & Communications Company

India Today Group is an Indian media conglomerate that is headquartered in Noida, India. The company was founded in 1975 and is one of the largest media groups in India.

India Today Group operates several print publications, including India Today, which is one of India’s largest English-language magazines. 

The company also publishes other magazines, including Business Today, which focuses on business and finance, and Harper’s Bazaar, which covers fashion and lifestyle.

In addition to its print operations, India Today Group operates a range of television channels, including Aaj Tak, which is one of India’s leading Hindi-language news channels, and India Today TV, which is an English-language news channel. 

The company also operates several digital platforms, including Indiatoday.in, which offers news and other content in India.

India Today Group has won numerous awards and recognitions for its print publications, television channels, and digital offerings, including the Best News Channel Award at the ENBA Awards in 2020.

As of February 2023, India Today Group’s market capitalization was around $1.5 billion.

19. Asianet News Network Private Limited

Asianet News Network Private Limited is an Indian media company that primarily operates in the regional news space. The company is headquartered in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India, and was founded in 1993.

Asianet News Network Private Limited operates several regional news channels in India, including Asianet News, which is one of the leading news channels in Kerala. The company also operates several other regional news channels, including Suvarna News in Karnataka and News Live in Assam.

In addition to its news operations, Asianet News Network Private Limited operates a range of other television channels, including entertainment channels and music channels. 

The company also has a significant presence in the digital space, with several digital platforms, including Asianetnews.com, which offers news and other content in India.

Asianet News Network Private Limited has won several awards and recognitions for its news channels and other television channels, including the Best News Channel Award at the Asianet Television Awards in 2020. As of February 2023, the company’s market capitalization was around $200 million.

20. ABP Group

ABP Group is an Indian media conglomerate that operates primarily in the news and publishing spaces. The company is headquartered in Kolkata, India, and was founded in 1922.

ABP Group operates several print publications, including Anandabazar Patrika, which is one of India’s largest Bengali-language newspapers, and The Telegraph, which is an English-language newspaper that is widely read in eastern India. 

The company also operates several other publications, including Businessworld, which focuses on business and finance.

In addition to its print operations, ABP Group operates several television news channels, including ABP News, which is one of India’s leading Hindi-language news channels, and ABP Ananda, which is a Bengali-language news channel. 

The company also has a significant presence in the digital space, with several digital platforms, including abplive.com, which offers news and other content in India.

ABP Group has won several awards and recognitions for its print publications, television news channels, and digital offerings, including the Best News Channel Award at the ENBA Awards in 2020. As of February 2023, ABP Group’s market capitalization was around $200 million.

These companies operate in various segments of the media and communications industry, including telecom, broadcasting, publishing, and entertainment. They have established themselves as leaders in the Indian market through their innovative services, high-quality content, and strong customer focus.

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