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Culture of kerala  >>  Media of Kerala

Kerala is one of the highly literate states of India. Kerala's people are friendly and cultural. They don't like to live a secluded life. They prefer to maintain a gregarious lifestyle. Hence, it is natural that the state places great emphasis on the news sources. Media of Kerala is a good source for receiving the information about the state of affairs all around. Media of Kerala includes radio, the print media, and the television channels. In the recent times, Internet, pager and mobiles have also emerged as good sources of getting news information.


Radio news broadcast is one of the oldest sources for news generation in Kerala. It can be accessed in the remote corners of the state. The places where the newspapers and TV can not be reached, the people can hear the radio and get the information about the state, country and the entire world. The national radio service, All India Radio, reaches large portions of Kerala via its Malayalam language broadcaster. Radio perhaps is the most accessible media of Kerala.

The new rage in the radio culture is the FM channels, and Kerala is also attracted by its allure. They broadcast 24-hour non-stop news, music and entertainment which can be listened at home, while working or while traveling. The young generation is fascinated by the cheerful hosts and the changing trends. Even the news reports are not broadcasted in the monotonous method.

Print Media
The major languages in Kerala are Malayalam and English. The newspapers and magazines are the steady news sources. Several magazines are published in Kerala, in Malayalam and English. These magazines contain a wide range of topics, which keeps the people updated in every walk of the life. Some of the popular magazines in Kerala in Malayalam are Malayalam Varika, Kerala Darsanam, Kaumadi Jalakam, Dhanam Magazine and The Sathyadoothan. Many English language periodicals like The Week, India Today, Outlook, Frontline, Data Quest do have their presence in Kerala.

Both the regional and national daily newspapers are available in Kerala. They are published in Malayalam and English. Some of the popular newspapers in Kerala are:
- Deepika
- The Hindu
- Malayala Manorama
- Mathrubhumi
- Indian Express
- Hindustan Times
- Madhyamam Daily
- Kerala Kaumudi
- Indian Express
- Deshabhimani
- Television

The state-owned broadcaster is Doordarshan. Besides airing its programmes, a combination of Malayalam, English and international private channels is provided by the multi-system operators via cable network. Manorama News and Asianet are the regional channels in the Malayalam language. Various Hindi channels are also very popular in Kerala. Some of the famous channels in Kerala are Doordarshan, BBC Online, CNN, Asianet, Star News, Zee TV, Kairali TV, V.T.V. channel and Surya TV.

Internet, pagers and mobiles
The Internet has opened a totally new world before Kerala's people. With increasing concentration of software professionals, the state has seen the launching of a plethora of Malayali websites. The newspapers have launched their websites that provide the news and the views about the state, country and the whole world. With the advance of technology, most of the telecom operators have tied up with the websites and news channels. The news headlines, sport news, stock quotes, breaking news and political news are now available in Kerala with a single click of the button. Some of the telecom operators offering such services are Hutch, Airtel and Escotel.


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