Sunday, August 13, 2006

Leading Kerala media group to launch TV channel

Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 13 (IANS) The Malayalam Manorama group, publishers of Kerala's leading daily of the same name, is all set to launch a TV channel Aug 17.

Called MMTV, it would be a 24-hour news channel with news and news-based programmes.

'The newspaper's chief editor K.M. Mathew will light a lamp at our new studio at Kochi on Aug 17 and that would be the only event for the launch of our channel,' a close aide of the media baron told IANS.

The groundwork for the channel began some time back though their operations have been a closely guarded secret.

Mathew's grandson, Jayanth Mammen Mathew, is said to be the key person behind the setting up of the channel.

There are seven media groups in Kerala that run several television channels, apart from the regional channel from the country's public broadcaster Doordarshan. MMTV would be the eighth to join the bandwagon.

Ever since the news of MMTV's launch became public, Kairali TV and Asianet TV have launched their second and third channels respectively and on the anvil is a second channel from India Vision too.

Industry watchers say the state would see the launch of two more news channels soon.
© 2006 Indo-Asian News Service


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