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UOWD professor meets World Association of Newspapers Executive

Monday, 25 February, 2013

UOWD professor Dr Swapna Koshy met with M. P. Veerendra Kumar, Member, International Press Institute and  Commonwealth Press Union.  Mr Kumar who is an accomplished  author and  orator is also a respected  politician, parliamentarian and former federal minister. He is also a newspaper magnate and has been the Chairman & Managing Director of  the Mathrubhumi Printing and Publishing Company Ltd., one of the largest publishing houses in India since 1979.

Mr Kumar  has contributed much in forming the literary and intellectual sensibilities of the people of the highly literate state of Kerala in India. He is fondly embraced as a champion of the underprivileged and is a much appreciated socialist presence in Indian politics.

Dr Koshy was given a detailed tour of the newly opened media center of the Mathrubhumi  group in Thiruvananthapuram that houses print, radio and television studios. 

During their conversation  Mr Kumar  reaffirmed that Print media was growing phenomenally in several parts of the world including India, China and Japan in spite of the competition from newer media. Dr Koshy had the opportunity to exchange ideas with senior production executives also and witnessed live news telecasts and radio broadcasts. The state of the art technology used highlighted the ease with which media activities can be synchronised in this era.