Start a Media Company

Interested in radio, news publishing or television company start-ups? Our guide has basic information on putting up these mass media companies. It also has resources to help you get through the process. To start a radio company, we’ll introduce you to a site that offers advices on licensing and equipment needs. We also have a link to an authority on TV station constructions.

Mass media is a general term referring to the medium, channel or instrument that enables the distribution of information and entertainment to a large audience.

A media company could be one that publishes news or broadcasts programs through radio or television. Most media companies are owned by private individuals or group of investors. There are also those that are owned by the government.

Starting a Radio Company

To start a radio station, you need a space to hold your equipment for radio broadcasting. You can construct a building or rent a room. You would have to buy equipment, get licenses, and arrange about royalties. You also need to decide your show format whether it would be country, oldies rock, pop, or talk show. You would also need to hire a host or DJ to man the station. To support your station programs, you must seek sponsors and advertisers. For assistance on setting up a radio station, visit . The company’s services include advice on licensing, equipment, and legal requirements as well as mentoring. These, for a service fee of $265.

Starting a News Publishing Company

One doesn’t have to have a journalism degree to start a news publishing business. However, news publication is more than a business. Its success depends on a large part on the passion, motivation, creativity and hard work of a team of news writers, layout artists, and editors that compose its manpower. The team is responsible for generating output that can attract wide readership and, thus, advertisers. The continued existence of a newspaper depends on income gained from advertisements.

Thus, to start a news publishing company, it is important for an owner to have some background in the field. To start a major business, he must prepare to invest in printing machines, computers to do the layout, cameras for taking pictures and vehicles for delivering the papers.

Starting a Television Company

A TV station is made up of technical, infrastructure and manpower components that make possible the transmission of images through frequency bands. Starting one requires land, buildings, transmission equipment, production control and studio equipment (cameras, lights, audio consoles, sound control equipment, microphones, and audio recorders). It would also require the employment of show directors, actors and talents, cameramen, floor managers, video editors, communications engineers, video production personnel. To see estimates of television station construction costs, visit the Web site of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration

One can also start a TV production company by developing and pitching programs to TV stations. You’d need the same audio and video recording equipment, and video editing equipment and software. But you may not have to spend as much for a studio as a television station would.

 

50 Comments

  • puneet said on August 24, 2010
    Ans: i dont want to start a television channel , wanting to start a advertising co. in digital media by taking the space in various peculiar locations and charge companies for their ads. please tell me how do i start.
  • Bipreen said on September 4, 2010
    Hi i wanna start a media company in animations and movies. suggest me what to do
  • Ige Babatunde A. P. said on December 3, 2010
    I want to start a media company, comprising advertising, publishing, Television and radio coy in digital media by taking the space in various peculiar locations and charge companies for their ads. please tell me how do i start. Bigeap Media Notions, Lagos, Nigeria.
  • ceasasr Mukasa said on December 7, 2010
    Hi. I want to start up a media company doing advertisement, audio and video etc. What should i do?
  • Manuel Brown said on December 23, 2010
    I want to start a media news company that broadcast online only. how can I be recognized as official press.
  • Dora Gyasiwaa Asamoah said on March 8, 2011
    hello, may i know the motivation behind setting up a mass media organization? please i want to know exactly what motivates people to embark on such endeavor?
  • Samuel said on March 20, 2011
    Hello, I want to start a media company, comprising advertising, publishing, Online TV & Radio and charge companies for their ads. Please tell me how do i start and how can I be recognized officially. Thanks
  • Apostle James Ebhota said on March 22, 2011
    Hi, I want to start a One hour TV program in Ghana with an eye to transform this into a Channel on Satellite Tv. I am in Accra-Ghana. I also would love to have partners to join me and start this project Thank you
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  • jeff jefferies said on June 24, 2011
    I want to start a cable channel that also has a magazine and radio network that are all linked together. I want to sell ad space and product placement in all three. I am located in Temecula, CA
  • Kristopher said on June 26, 2011
    @Apostle James Ebhota, I am interested in your project. Please respond as I believe we could work together and create something great. Please leave me your contact information so that I can reach you.
  • soumya said on July 16, 2011
    i am from santiniketan. i want to start a a One hour TV program n eye to transform this into a Channel on Satellite Tv. plz suggest me
  • patrick said on July 20, 2011
    I want to start a video producing company. I have a Panasonic 3ccc video camera. South Africa, Pietermaritzburg
  • MANIRAKIZA Janvier said on September 14, 2011
    Hello, I do want to start a television channel. What should I do? Tell me more. God bless u. I'm from Bujumbura-BURUNDI.
  • Simphiwe Mashexa said on November 16, 2011
    Me and my brother we are starting up an entertainment company called MPD Group (Pty) Ltd which aims at four core-business which are music production, graphic designing and advertising aiming to put Eastern Cape's entertainment industry. But we lack finance and we need assistance, where can we go for help? Buffalo City Metro, Eastern Cape, South Africa
  • Bukky said on December 8, 2011
    I want to start a company which would make movies, adverts (video and audio), write scripts and screenplays, music videos and TV station. Pls i want i need to do to make this a reality.
  • Jay said on December 26, 2011
    Hi I'm trying to set up a media company with a tv show hosted by me as the main selling point. Need startup investment and other creative content. Would be open to working on an internet tv company based world wide in English only.
  • Kiruba said on January 19, 2012
    I want to start a media company comprising advertising, publishing, Television in digital media for all areas. please tell me how do i register my firm as a media company. Chennai , Tamilnadu
  • Onugha said on February 3, 2012
    I have a deep desire to start up a media company with affiliations to online radio, tv and print, eg magazines... Hope to start by june. Please help shed more light on how i can carry this out, course this is basically my passion for existing though i don't have that much experience. Onugha, Lagos, Nigeria.
  • pankaj g guptaaji said on March 2, 2012
    I want to start news media company, how to start and how much cost.
  • Uchendu Precious Onuoha said on April 15, 2012
    Please I need your advice on how I could start a media communication company in Nigeria. I obtained a degree in Mass communication. And lives in Spain presently.
  • abhishek nandy said on June 15, 2012
    NEW DELHI : i wish to start up a media buying company in india. please guide me accordingly about the initiations and licensing if any required at all.
  • Elmo said on October 15, 2012
    Pls i want to start a Tv station on a satellite tv. pls how do i get equipments. I stay in kogi state Nigeria
  • alabi olayinka said on February 27, 2013
    hi, please i want to start a media company in Lagos Nigeria. i want to be focused on tv productions and multimedia projections for churches and events.
  • Oyeniyi Peace Taiwo said on March 5, 2013
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  • michael said on April 24, 2013
    i am michael and want to start a media company, i want advise on what to do and how to go about the whole, whats involved and where i can get the perfect or best equipment for production
  • sandeep said on May 15, 2013
    i am sandeep going to start my media group, that focus on marketing development, strag. planning for market development my preferred location is in gurgaon, india, 122001
  • Jeffrey Ngwenya said on July 4, 2013
    I want to start a media company comprising advertising, publishing, graphic designing & events, how can i start this company and how much cost. from Rustenburg South Africa
  • michael mr maroga said on August 25, 2013
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  • neel said on October 3, 2013
    Hello. I am having a TV Program Production and Advertising Agency, so if anybody wants to produce or advertise or broadcast the Show/Ad/Documentary/Short films etc. can contact us on nib.lens@yahoo.com
  • Masixole Ntunguntwana said on March 15, 2014
    Hi guys I want to start a media company that will cover news, photographs and also sell our staff to the big media houses in South Africa and abroad. It will cover all type of news. Please contact me at 084 723 7437 or at masixolentu@gmail.com i will be waiting please as soon as possible.
  • siyolise jawe said on May 7, 2014
    i am siyolise jawe i am starting a new business of advertising media that came with a new idea in south africa of advertising but i am looking for funds or investors that can help me with funds please help me 0717329920 or 213294206@mycput.ac.za
  • cindy said on May 23, 2014
    hi my name is Bongani I studied tv production and operation I would like to find a company that will give me experience on the mentioned filled or any experience on media field. pleas anyone if you willing to help email me on Cindynkgadima.cn@gmail. com
  • joshua said on May 26, 2014
    Hi.. I am planning to invest in a television company.. I want to start my own TV station in Cape Town South Africa. Please advice! What equipments? Where to source them? And how much would be an estimated cost?
  • Mr N.P Ndlovu said on July 23, 2014
    Hie guys I have just started a well register recording label I have signed ten artists , now looking forward to expanding the recording label to a full plate form of media but most definitely its for students , I am starting a house of media so that we can promote new generation and give them jobs on what there are studying we are focusing on the following : Printing, Jonalists, writers, photographers, marketing and sales . As such will like people who are interested in investing cash, asserts , their time abilities , knowledge and skills. We are at jhb contact us on : 074 862 7413 or email bonezndlovu@yahoo.com.sg
  • Amos said on September 2, 2014
    Hi am Amos i am planing to run a media company i hv a little experience about audio and video graphic i also do photographic and video editing..i need any one with Good information about it so that i can start running it even funds are needed any one wish to partner with me ur welcome call me @0763851937 if ur interests am at Limpopl out side louistriichardt
  • Sopeju Opelouwa adedoyin said on October 19, 2014
    Hi, I am based in Gounod state Nigeria, CEO of agape media a media company in the state. We are into advert production, film production, script writing. A trial will convince you. You can contact me on +2348117110083 or email @ Doype4real@yahoo.com
  • Patience said on January 10, 2015
    Hi, please i would like to startup a tv/film production company in Ghana and would like to know about taxes. what i would need to pay as Tax. thank you.
  • Serati P. Matlotse said on April 20, 2015
    @Joshua: Please contact me on +267-71304226, Botswana. I guess we are on the same page!!
  • Nomsa Mahlangu said on April 24, 2015
    I am in Pretoria, I would like to start a Gospel TV station, please assist me in this regard.
  • Shaikh said on June 17, 2015
    I want to start a media company video news agency comprising advertising, publishing, Television in digital media for all areas. please tell me how do i register my firm as a media company. Madhya pradesh
  • LESLEY.M said on June 24, 2015
    hai, am lesley from india, Chennai. am planning to start a Christian media. i know video editing, graphic designing, having good skill in photoshop,and also know Audio Editing, composing. and planning to work for Events. Need of Partners & Supporters, if any one interested kindly contact me at lesleyprabhu.m@gmail.com
  • peter komendah said on August 9, 2015
    Hi am peter komendah from kenya i did information communication technology and worked with one of the biggest media house i want to start a media company video news agency comprising advertising, publishing, Television in digital media for all areas and supporting local up coming artists mostly entertaining people. please tell me how do i register my firm as a media company and if there is anyone willing to sponsor me i will work with him according to the the agreement. Eager to hear from you thanks. please contact me peterkomendah@gmail.com
  • Gresham Sean said on October 16, 2015
    I want to start a media company so anyone who's willing to partner with me,get in touch with me at my email address sean.gresham.gs@gmail.com
  • leonard lelaka said on November 30, 2015
    What kind of equipment and machines do I use for television station. Please send photos and the way they work and places I can buy them from.
  • leonard lelaka said on November 30, 2015
    What kind of equipment and machinery do I need for a television station. How should the building look like. Please send me photos and uses of every equipment and machinery.
  • Elvis said on February 25, 2016
    Hi! I want to start up a media company that comprises TV network, film production and radio station. As much as I have the ideas I don't have experience and business background. What can I do?
  • stewart said on May 2, 2016
    Hi I'm a journalist trained in broadcasting though I don't have much experience. I want to set up a company that offers audio visual services.public relations services and advertising. How do I start and what are the basic things I need.Stewart from Harare.Zimbabwe.
  • Lethu said on December 28, 2016
    Hi. I have all the ideas for my media company, but I need more information. Cape Town, Khayelitsha
  • mxolisi said on March 8, 2018
    hi, i want to start the advertising company doing billboard. need to know how much will it cost and which company will be suitable for the structure .

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