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Virakesari Online

Founded in 2002, Virakesari.lk is the online platform of the Tamil Virakesari newspaper. Virakesari.lk is one of the media outlets under Express Newspapers (Ceylon) (Pvt) Limited. It replicates the articles available in the printed edition of the Virakesari newspaper. Additionally, the e-paper of the Virakesari newspaper is available for readerships of the website upon paid subscription. The online articles feature a variety of content such as domestic news, political news, foreign news, sports, entertainment, and technology. Several other online publications under Express Newspapers (Ceylon) (Pvt) Limited, such as Kalaikesari, Sugavaalvu, Vanna Vaanavil, Metro News, Vidivelli, Sooriyakanthy and Mithiran function as Virakesari.lk's sister publications.

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Private

Geographic Coverage

International

Content Type

Free Content

Passive Transparency

upon request, ownership data is easily available from the company/channel

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Media Companies / Groups

Express Newspapers (Ceylon) (Pvt) Limited

Ownership

Ownership Structure

Express Newspapers Ceylon (Pvt) Limited is owned by 31 individuals and companies. The majority of the shares are held by the Selvanathan family (through Fulcrum Ltd and Natwest Nominees Ltd), the Krishnamoorthy family, the Nadesan family, the Wenceslaus family, the Gnanam family (through South Asian Investments (pvt) Ltd) and the Soundararajan family (through KMK Holdings (pvt) Ltd and KM Kaliappa Pillai and Company (pvt) Ltd).

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Only the shareholders have the right to vote.

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General Information

Founding Year

2002

Affiliated Interests Founder

Virakesari.lk was founded under Express Newspapers (Ceylon) (Pvt) Limited, which was registered as a private company in 1970 and also maintains the Virakesari print edition. The company currently maintains several Tamil language publications. Its two English language publications, Daily Express and Weekly Express, as well as the Tamil language paper Tamil Times, are published overseas. In total, Express Newspapers (Ceylon) (Pvt) Limited has 16 publications.

Affiliated Interests Ceo

Murugesu Senthilnathan – Before being promoted to the position of CEO, Senthilnathan served as the Business Development Manager of Express Newspapers (Ceylon) (Pvt) Limited. He was awarded the Sahithya Award (Literary Honor) by the Ministry of Education for the Central Provincial Council. He holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Wales, United Kingdom and also holds a postgraduate diploma in marketing. He is also a Justice of the Peace (JP).

Affiliated Interests Editor-In-Chief

S.Srikajan – is the Editor-in-Chief of the daily Virakesari newspaper. He has served as part of the Sri Lanka Tamil Media Alliance (SLTMA) in various official capacities including the post of President, Secretary and Treasurer.

Affiliated Interests other important people

Sivakumar Nadesan – also referred to as Kumar Nadesan, is the Managing Director at Express Newspapers (Ceylon) (Pvt) Limited. He owns 11.1 percent at Express Newspapers (Ceylon) (Pvt) Limited. In addition, he owns a single share at Asian Media Publications (Pvt) Limited, which publishes the Thinakkural newspaper. He is the current Chairperson of the Sri Lanka Press Institute (SLPI) and has also served as the Chairperson of the Press Complaints Commission of Sri Lanka (PCCSL).

Contact

Express Newspapers (Ceylon) (Pvt) Limited

No. 185, Grandpass Road, Colombo 14

Tel: +94 011 732 2700, +94 011 732 2777Website: www.virakesari.lk

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Virakaseri.lk and the official website of Express Newspapers (Ceylon) (Pvt) Limited do not provide any details about the founders, board of directors or its organisational structure. As such, secondary sources as well as the response sent by the company and the annual returns available at the Department of Registrar of Companies were referenced. While the Media Ownership Monitor research team reached out to Express Newspapers (Ceylon) (Pvt) Limited by formally requesting for the company’s information on 20 July 2018, the company responded to the aforementioned request on 20 August 2018.

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