‘Maurya’ completed first year of its meaningful journey on the highly volatile terrain of television news and entertainment, specially in Bihar and Jharkhand, on 2nd February, 2011. Exactly a year back the channel was launched by Nitish Kumar, the chief minister of Bihar, in presence of star cast of the super hit film ‘Rajneeti’, like Katrina Kaif, Arjun Rampal, Manoj Vajpai. In light of the glittering and esteemed presence of numerous illustrious personalities from film and politics, it was an event on the scale that Patna had seldom seen. Main reason for the grand show was that the brain behind ‘Maurya’ was a leading light of hindi film and entertainment industry, Prakash Jha.
Many eyebrows were raised, as it was the first TV channel to be launched completely from Patna. All speculations and doubts were put to rest when ‘Maurya’ created history by reaching the number one spot in Bihar and Jharkhand in five months flat, more specifically on 14th July. That it was no flash in a pan was proved when it remained on the number one position for the next 11 out of 15 months. Director of the channel, Manish Jha attributes its success to its solid and credible content. Mr Jha underlined the fact that ‘Maurya’ purposely avoided sensationalism and banked on hardcore news.
Many of the shows on ‘Maurya’ have been super duper hits during last one year. ‘Rajneeti Khel Satta Ka’, ‘Satta Sangram’, ‘Baal Kee Khal’, ‘Saas Kee Chhaunk Bahu Ka Tarka’, ‘Jurm Ka Jaal’, ‘Law and Order’, ‘Patna Fighters’, ‘Total Filmy’, ‘Patna Live’, ‘Jyotish Live’, ‘Ranbhumi’, ‘Dil Kee Baat Prakash Ke Saath’, ‘Khas Mulaqat’, ‘Chalte Chalte’, ‘Baat Bolegi’, ‘Bihar Reporter’, ‘Jharkhand Reporter’, ‘Khabren Khatakhat’ etc… are among a series of popular programmes, which made the viewers crazy about ‘Maurya’ since 2nd February, 2010.
The ups and downs of TRPs are a fact of life in television industry, and ‘Maurya’ has had its share of both; yet the committed team of ‘Maurya’ continues to be full of life and enthusiasm. New shows are being churned out on regular basis. Executive Editor, Kumar Raajesh of Aaj Tak fame is leading its editorial team towards strengthening its content, with active support from Navendu, the Political Editor and another senior journalist Amitabh Srivastava. While Sunil Pandey, the Output Head and Prem Kumar, the Input Head is actively contributing towards taking ‘Maurya’ to greater heights, Kumar Raajesh, himself is leading the Anchoring team as well along with Wesal Azam. Having had his fruitful innings in Sahara Samay and News 11, Manoj Srivastava is now leading the ‘Maurya’ team to glory in Jharkhand.
On occasion of its first birthday ‘Maurya’ management organized a grand gala celebration of its entire enthusiastic team in Hotel Patliputra Ashoka on Wednesday, the 2nd February 2011. Lots of music, dance, fun and mouth watering food were available on platter during that celebration.