Sun TV Network, one of the major television broadcasters
in the country is shutting down its Kannada news
channel Udaya News
with plans to convert it into another genre. The company has been operating the channel for the past 19 years and is now compelled to close down it as it is not viable, said sources.
According to company officials, Udaya News
will be discontinued in the next couple of months and use that space for another genre like general entertainment channel. There were reports that the company has filed a document with the Commissioner of Labour and others in Karnataka, in which it has mentioned that the news
division has been incurring substantial losses over the past couple of years. Given the competition the channel is facing, the viewership share of Udaya News
is also relatively low. The decision to close down the news
division is for business reasons. The company is not able to justify the losses accumulated and continues to incur, it said.
A company official refused to comment on the reason behind the decision, adding that it is a matter of speculation. It currently has six channels in Kannada — Udaya TV, Udaya Movies, Udaya Music, Udaya Comedy, Udaya News
and Chintu TV. Udaya News
is said to be one of the oldest news
channels in Karnataka.