Television broadcast for the first time began in Delhi on 15th September 1959. The daily transmission began on 1965 which included a five minute news telecast which was delivered by Pratima Puri. Seven years later in 1972 second television station was opened in Mumbai. Television services were available in only few cities till 1975.
Doordarshan emerged as a National Broadcaster in 1982. In the same year the Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi introduced Color TV with live telecast of independence day speech on 15th August. Later 1982 Asian Games were telecasted.
“Hum Log” was India’s first soap which was weekly telecasted. It’s still the longest weekly serial, with 154 episodes. “Krishi Darshan” was the first program telecasted on Doordarshan in January 26 , 1967. “Shanti” was the first daily telecasted soap on Doordarshan. “Sarab Sanji Gurbani” was first sponsored programme on doordarshan. It was sponsored by Texla TV. ” Ramayan” and “Mahabharat” which were telecasted in late 1980s became very popular TV series.
Zee TV was the first privately-owned Indian channel.