Published by Asian Media Publications (Pvt) Limited, Uthayasooriyan is a weekly paper in Tamil language catering to the populace living in the Hill Country. Its reportage primarily features content on the lifestyles, political affairs and struggles of the estate community. Express Newspapers (Ceylon) (Pvt) Limited, which publishes the Virakesari newspaper, is the biggest shareholder with 59.99 percent in Asian Media Publications (Pvt) Limited. While Uthayasooriyan does not maintain an official website, they operate online via their Facebook page.
Media Companies / Groups
Veera Holdings (Pvt) Limited
Express Newspapers (Ceylon) (Pvt) Limited
Asian Media Publications (Pvt) Limited is owned by Express Newspapers (Ceylon) (Pvt) Limited (59.99 percent) and Veera Holdings (39.99 percent). Express Newspapers (Ceylon) (Pvt) Limited is owned directly through individual shares, or indirectly, through companies owned by the Wenceslaus family, Krishnamoorthy family, Gnanam family, Nadesan family, Selvanathan family and Soundararajan family. Veera Holdings is owned by the Ponnusamy family, Selladurai and Illargo family, Ravishankar family and Ganesharajah family.
Only the shareholders have the right to vote.
Group / Individual Owner
Several members of Selladurai family hold minority shares at Veera Holdings private limited which ows Asian Media Publications.
Affiliated Interests Founder
Asian Media Publications (Pvt) Ltd is the founder of the outlet Uthayasooriyan and also publishes the Thinakkural newspaper. The company is under the Express Newspapers (Ceylon) (Pvt) Limited that publishes the Virakesari.
Affiliated Interests Ceo
Murugesu Senthilnathan serves as the CEO of Express Newspapers (Ceylon) (Pvt) Limited, which holds the majority of shares in Asian Media Publications (Pvt) Limited. Prior to serving as the CEO, Senthilnathan served as the Business Development Manager of the company. He was awarded the Sahithya Award (Literary Honor) by the Ministry of Education for the Central Provincial Council.
Affiliated Interests Editor-In-Chief
Barathy Rajendrakumar serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Uthayasooriyan newspaper.
Affiliated Interests other important people
Ponnusamy Kesavaraja serves as the Managing Director/CEO of Asian Media Publications (Pvt) Limited. He is the son of Selliah Ponnusamy and Veeralaxmy, two of the current Directors of the company. Since 2011, Ponnusamy Kesavaraja has served as a Director of the company.
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The Uthayasooriyan newspapers does not have an official website, yet only maintains a Facebook page. Information was therefore gathered from the respective Facebook page, the response provided by the Asian Media Publications (Pvt) Limited and contacting the company via phone calls. Information on the shareholders was gathered through the annual returns available at the Department of Registrar of Companies. The most recent data was available for the year 2018. Readership data was obtained from the Kantar Lanka Market Research Bureau (LMRB) for the year 2017. While the Media Ownership Monitor research team reached out to Asian Media Publications (Pvt) Limited on 20 July 2018, the company responded to the aforementioned request on 25 August 2018.