Hyderabad has a well-developed
communication and media infrastructure. The city is covered by
a large network of optical fiber cables by Reliance Telecom.
The city's telephone system is serviced by four landline
companies: BSNL, Tata Indicom, Reliance Infocomm and Airtel.
There are six mobile phone companies: BSNL, Hutch, Idea,
Airtel, Tata Indicom and Reliance Infocomm. Several phone
companies offer broadband Internet access.
The city has five AM and two FM radio stations, operated
by All India Radio (AIR) under the name Akashvani, Hyderabad.
AIR has sold airtime on one of its FM channels to a company
named DC-Interactive that broadcasts a show called Good
Evening Hyderabad under the banner Radio Biryani.
An FM radio station called FM Rainbow also broadcasts daily
within the city. Newer FM radio stations, as in other
metropolitan areas, have also been launched in the city. The
programmes are in Telugu, Hindi and English.
Doordarshan runs several terrestrial television channels and
two satellite television channels from its Hyderabad
Doordasrshan centre. A multitude of regional television
channels broadcast from Hyderabad.
Telugu Television channels are classified as
ETV2, TV9, Teja News, DD News, Vissa News, Arey News
ETV, Maa TV, Teja, Gemini, C Channel, Siti Cable, Vissa, Zee
Telugu, Aditya TV, Shri channel, Zoom TV (Telugu), ETV Urdu,
Hyderabad has about three print media groups that publish
several newspapers and magazines in English, Telugu and Urdu.
The major Urdu dailies are The Siasat Daily, The Munsif Daily,
The Etemaad Urdu Daily, The Rahnuma-i Deccan and The Daily
Milap. The major Telugu dailies include the Eenadu, Vaartha,
Andhra Jyoti, prajasakti,Andhra Bhoomi and Andhra Prabha. The
major English dailies are The Deccan Chronicle, Business
Standard, The Hindu, The Times of India, The Indian Express
and The Economic Times. Besides these major newspapers, there
a number of localised neighbourhood newspapers that cater to
several localities. Magazines published from Hyderabad include
Swati, Navya, Andhra Prabha, Andhra Jyoti, Vipula, Vanita and
Chandamama. Movie magazines include Sitara, Siva Ranjani ,
santosham and Jyoti Chitra.
Hyderabad is the homeland of Tollywood, the Telugu movie
industry. Apart from being a popular entertainment source and
India's largest film producer, as measured by the number of
films made every year (followed by Bollywood), Tollywood also
provides livelihood to thousands of its citizens and
contributes a large amount of revenue to the local government.
Earlier, many of the Telugu films were produced in Madras.
However, the improvement in Hyderabad's infrastructure and
initiatives such as setting up of the Ramoji Film City have
changed the situation. Today not only are Telugu films made
here, even films from Bollywood are being shot in Hyderabad.