Tamil Nadu’s first Dalit-centric channel: For Dalits, but not yet by Dalits
On April 14, BR Ambedkar’s 125th birth anniversary, Tamil Nadu’s first Dalit-centric television channel, Velicham TV, hit the airwaves. Curiously, however, this channel has no Dalit reporters on its roster yet.
Velichcham TV was launched as the mouthpiece of Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi, a party with a strong Dalit base, whose leader Thol Thirumavalavan is a former Lok Sabha MP. According to the VCK, the channel’s main motive is to provide unbiased reporting.