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Kalanithi Maran(Tamil: கலாநிதி மாறன்), born 1965, is the Chairman and Managing Director of Sun Network, No 1 media company in South Asia and Asia Pacific Region which owns television channels, FM radio stations, and newspapers in South India. He got into the business at the age of 27 with monthly news video called Poomaalai which was circulated among Tamil Nadu public thru video lending library.

He is a son of the Late leader Murasoli Maran and a grandnephew of DMK president M Karunanidhi, and the brother of Dayanidhi Maran, India's ex-Minister for Communications and Information Technology & the current textiles minister. He started his TV channel with an invetsment of $86000 from bank loans and he proved to be successful inspite of his father's political rivals ruling the state for most of the period since he enterted into media business.

He was a 1999 recipient of the International Young Business Achiever award from the Worldcom group, New York. Kalanithi Maran was also among the few representatives at a roundtable with visiting U.S. President Bill Clinton. He was India's 20th richest person ranked by Forbes.

Sun TV was listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange on April 24, 2006, with 10% of the shares widely held and 90% still owned by Maran.

Prestigious Forbes named him as "Television king of southern India". He is now ranked 349th in the world.

Early life
    * Schooling at Don Bosco, Egmore, Chennai.
    * Graduate of Loyola College, Chennai.
    * Received MBA from the University of Scranton.
    * Amateur radio operator callsign VU2PUG.
    * He was Working for Kunkumam in the late 1980s.
    * Started own monthly video newsmagazine, Poomaalai, in 1990.
    * Founded SunTV on April 14, 1993.

TV channels
Tamil
    * Sun TV
    * KTV
    * Sun Music
    * Sun News
    * Chutti TV
    * Comedy Thirai (comedy channel)
    * Adithya TV (another channel for comedy)

Malayalam
    * SuryaTV
    * KiranTV

Telugu
    * GeminiTV
    * TejaTV
    * Gemini News
    * Kushi TV
    * Navvula Tera
    * Gemini Music
    * Gemini Cable Vision(comedy channel)

Kannada
    * UdayaTV
    * Ushe TV(COMEDY)
    * Udaya2
    * Udaya Movies
    * Udaya Varthegalu
    * Chintu TV

FM stations
SFM
S FM was re branded as RED FM across 38 cities in INDIA on 14 August 2009.

Tamil
    * Suryan FM - Chennai - 93.5 MHz
    * Suryan FM - Coimbatore - 93.5 MHz
    * Suryan FM - Tirunelveli - 93.5 MHz
    * Suryan FM - Tiruchirappalli - 93.5 MHz
    * Suryan FM - Madurai - 93.5 MHz
    * Suryan FM - Pondicherry - 93.5 MHz

Telugu
    * SFM(Visakha)- Vishakapatinam(Vizag) - 93.5 MHz
    * SFM Hyderabad - 93.5 MHz
    * SFM Tirupathi - 93.5 MHz
    * SFM Rajahmandry - 93.5 MHz
    * SFM Warangal - 93.5 MHz
    * SFM Vijayawada(Bejawada) - 93.5 MHz

Kannada
    * SFM Bangalore - 93.5 *SFM-MYSORE**SFM-MANGALORE* MHz

Hindi
    * SFM Bhubaneshwar - 93.5 MHz
    * SFM Jaipur - 93.5 MHz
    * SFM Indore - 93.5 MHZ
    * SFM Pune - 93.5 MHz (Now Red FM)

Shareholder of
 Red FM (India)

Print Media
Tamil
    * Dinakaran - (morning daily)
    * Tamil Murasu - (evening daily)
    * Kungumam
    * Mutharam
    * Vannathirai
    * Kunguma Chimizh
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