Kerala 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.

Several 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.

The information & Public Relations Department is the main agency of the Government to disseminate information to the public and to provide feedback.

In 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 everyday.


All India Radio

Thiruvananthapuram 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.


Thiruvananthapuram 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.


Asianet 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.

Surya TV

Surya 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.

Kairali TV

Kairali Television which went on air in 2000, also has its studio and production facilities in Thiruvananthapuram. The telecasting is from Kochi.

Jeevan 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.

Cyber Journalism

Almost 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 and the government’s web portal with updated data.


Kerala State Chalachitra Academy

Kerala State Chalachitra Academy was founded in 1998 for the promotion of

Cinema 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 social being.

Besides 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.

Work 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


Established 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.

The 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.


The 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 C-DIT.

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