Tamil satellite television channel, Makkal TV, known for its non-filmy, infotainment and Tamil-centric programmes, celebrated the completion of first successful year of operation recently in Chennai. Makkal TV is promoted by the political party PMK (Pattali Makkal Katchi).
On the occasion of its first anniversary, the channel felicitated its external supporters who were instrumental for its success. Prominent personalities like Suba Veerapandiyan, James Vasanthan, poet Arivumadhi and Velu Saravanan were among those who were felicitated for their contributions towards the channel.
The channel also kicked off celebrations for second year of operations. The celebration was presided over by Union Health & Family Welfare Minister, Dr Anbumani Ramadoss. DMK leader and son of Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, MK Stalin; Congress leader Krishnasamy; CPI central committee member R Nallakannu; Dalit Panthers General Secretary, Thirumavalavan; and Indian Union Muslim League State President, Kadher Mohideen, were among others present at the event.
PMK leader and the founder of Makkal TV, Dr S Ramadoss, who delivered the valedictory address, said that Makkal TV was the only channel that used and promoted unadulterated Tamil, challenging the threats posed by English and the common craze for it. He further said that Makkal TV was committed to journalistic ethics and didn’t telecast ads / programmes with caste-based, religious, malicious, value-ignoring, unproven treatment-based contents.
Ramadoss also said that the channel would never accept ads from soft drink MNCs like Pepsi and Coca-Cola, while it was open to ads from swadesi players. “We have proven wrong the hypothesis that no TV channel in Tamil can survive without telecasting films or filmy content. We have been making significant improvement in marketing the channel,” concluded Dr Ramadoss.