Chandrika, the first newspaper of the State was published
from Thiruvananthapuram district in the year 1789. At present,
more than 30 dailies are being published from this district.
The Hindu, The New Indian Express, Malayala Manorama,
Mathrubhoomi, Kerala Kaumudi, Desabhimani, Deepika, Madhyamom
and Janmabhoomi are a few of the prominent dailies
that are being brought out from Thiuruvananthapuram.
weeklies, fortnightlies, monthlies, bi-monthlies and quarterlies
are published from various parts of the district. Government
Departments and public sector undertakings are also bringing
out fortnightlies and monthlies like Janapadham,Kerala
calling,Vikasana Samanwayam, Kerala Interface, Karala Karshakan,
Vyavasaya Keralam, Grama Deepam, Gramabhoomi, Sahakarana
Veedhi, Vidyaarangam, and Panchayat Raj.
information & Public Relations Department is the main
agency of the Government to disseminate information to the
public and to provide feedback.
the Government Secretariat, the Department of Information
and Public Relations has provided a well-facilitated pressroom
for accredited correspondents. The Tagore Theatre provides
for public and private cultural performances and screening
of films. There would be some programme or the other almost
station of the All India Radio (AIR) broadcasts and relays
programmes daily from 5.55 am to 11.05 pm. Other than news
bulletins, they relate to agriculture, rural development,
woman and child care, health, sanitation and a host of other
activities. Most of the programmes are of a cultural nature,
having entertainment and educational value. Commercial broadcasts
are also being aired here. FM broadcasting started from
Thiruvananthapuram in 1999.
Doordarshan Kendra started functioning from the Tagore theatre
in the latter half of 1982 with a small transmission unit.
Later, a full-fledged centre with a high power transmitter
was installed at Kudappanakunnu, eight kms from the city.
Now it covers the entire State and channel 4 is available
in the entire south-east Asia region.
is perhaps the first and biggest private television channel
in the State. It started functioning form Thiruvananthapuram
in 1993. Today, it has two channels namely Asianet and Asianet
News and is the only private television channel which has
an uplinking facility in the district. This company is also
the biggest cable operator in the State. ACV, the leading
local cable channel is also a subsidiary of Asianet.
Television started operation from Thiruvananthapuram in
1998 as the second private channel of the State. Though
Surya has production facility in Thiruvananthapuram, telecasting
is done from Chennai.
Television which went on air in 2000, also has its studio
and production facilities in Thiruvananthapuram. The telecasting
is from Kochi.
TV, India Vision, ZeeTV, NDTV, ANI, ETV, JAYA TV etc. have
their bureaus in Thiruvananthapuram. ACV & City Cable
are cable channels which operate from the district.
all Malayalam dailies like Deepika, Malayala Manorama, Mathrubhumi,
Kerala Kaumudi etc. have hosted their online newspapers.
The Department of Information and Public Relations maintains
its web site www.prd.gov.in and the government’s
web portal www.kerala.gov.in with updated data.
State Chalachitra Academy
State Chalachitra Academy was founded in 1998 for
the promotion of
as a cultural expression. The Academy is guided by
the motto that Cinema should contribute to the total
development of man, both as an individual and as a
organising the annual International Film Festival
of Kerala, the Academy is engaged in a programme of
spreading film literacy among the people through the
promotion of Film Socieites, publication of books
and periodicals, conduct of film appreciation courses,
seminars and workshops for students as well as professionals.
on establishing a Film Archive with the aim of preserving
world classics and important films in Malayalam has
been started. The annual Kerala State Awards for Film
and TV are also conducted by the Academy
in 1975 with the objective of giving a thrust to the Malayalam
film industry and for nurturing it in the State, the Kerala
State Film Development Corporation (KSFDC) has succeeded
in uprooting the Malayalam film industry from Kodambakkam
in Chennai and planting it here.
Chitranjali studio complex, inaugurated in 1980 was the
first step towards facilitating the growth of good cinema.
Facilities are available for processing and printing 35
mm and 16 mm colour and black and white films. Reduction
and blowing up equipments are also available. Nagra recorders,
latest technology to transfer sound from 16 mm to 35 mm,
optical tone magnetic recorders, state-of-the-art video
production facilities for non linear editing, six track
DTS mixing facility etc. are special facilities of the complex.
The recording theatre is equipped with ‘soundscape’ pro-tool
work station and Tas cam-D 8000 digital, 24 channel mixing
facility. There are four outdoor units. A super mini theatre
and Centre for Development of Imaging Technology (C-DIT)
are also functioning under the corporation.
Centre for Development of Imaging Technology (C-DIT),
is a Total Solution Provider in information technology
for the Government of Kerala. C-DIT also functions
as the southern regional video software production
facility of the National Council for Science and Technology
Communication (NCSTC), New Delhi. Web Services, GIS,
Video Communication, Animation, Educational Informatics
and Optical Image Processing are some exclusive teams
that C-DIT offers.
Post Graduate Diploma in Science and Development Communication,
Post Graduate Diploma in Educational Informatics,
Post Graduate Diploma in Multi Media Development,
Animation Film Development Course and Short-term courses
in Digital Still Photography, Digital Sound Recording
and Non Linear Editing are the courses conducted by