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Malayala Manorama

Malayala Manorama is a regional newspaper, published in the Malayalam language, and has the largest number of readers with 15.99 million readers among Malayalam newspapers, according to the Indian Readership Survey of 2017. The survey also puts the paper at the eighth place across languages in the country, and third largest read across regional languages. The newspaper is published by the Malayala Manorma Company Limited, owned and operated by the descendants and the extended family of Kandathil Varghese Mappillai, who founded the newspaper in 1880. Today the paper is managed by different members of the family at various levels of management. The Group also publishes weeklies and other periodicals in Malayalam and English languages. It also publishes a prominent national news magazine The Week since 1982. 

The Malayala Manorama newspaper traces its roots to the pre-Independence of India. Kandathil Varghese Mappillai brought out the first edition of the Malayala Manorama newspaper on 22 March, 1890 in Kottayam, Kerala. In an era when there were few newspapers around – except the ones from Churches, Malayala Manorama was a newspaper that would be different and stay away from religion. Though the first edition was a weekly, the newspaper became bi-weekly in 1901, thrice a week in 1918 before eventually becoming a daily newspaper in 1928.

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The Malayala Manorama Company


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The Malayala Manorama newspaper is owned by The Malayala Manorama Company Limited, a company that is owned by the descendants, and the extended family of Kandathil Varghese Mappillai, who founded the newspaper in 1880. More than 200 members of the family hold shares in the Company with varying percentages, amounting to 99.29% of the total shares in the Company.

Of this, the K.M. Cheriyan family holds 11.59% stake in the Company, P.V. Jacob family holds 7.89% stake, Mammen Varghese Family holds 6.82%, E.J. Lukose Family holds 3.64%, K.S. Joseph Family holds 4.63%, T. Thomas Family holds 3.26%, the G.K.O. Philips family holds 5% stake, Peter Philip, the Director in the Company holds 5.67 % stake, the Philip Mathew Family (3.23%), Mammen Eapen Family (4.50%), while Mammen Philip holds 5.42% shares. Jayant Mammen Mathew, who is also the Deputy Editor and Director of the Group, holds 3.73% stake in the Company. The remaining 33.92% shares are with other members of the family.

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Kandathil Varghese Mappillai

founded the Malayala Manorama Group as a stock publishing company first in 1888, in a town called Kottayam in the south Indian state of Kerala. He brought out the first edition of the Malayala Manorama newspaper on 22 March 1890. He brought out the newspaper at a time when only Churches were publishing newspapers. He chose to make this newspaper different, and secular. He died at a young age of 47 years.

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Mammen Mathew

Managing Director of The Malayala Manorama Company Limited, is the son of K. M. Mathew, who was the Chief Editor of the Malayala Manorama newspaper untill his death in 2010. A post graduate in Medieval History from St. Stephen’s College in Delhi, Mammen Mathew underwent editorial training with The Times Of India before joining the Malayala Manorama newspaper as their Delhi correspondent. He has also worked with the Western Mail at Cardiff in the UK, and the Sunday Times in London. After reporting stints with the Oklahoma City Times, and the Daily Oklahoma, he took charge as the General Manager and Managing Editor of the Malayala Manorama newspaper in Kottayam, eventually becoming the Editor and the Managing Director of the Group in 1988. He was also the President of the Editor’s Guild of India, a non-partisan association of editorial heads in the country. Mammen Mathew was awarded the Indian civilian honour, Padmashri in 2005.

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Mammen Mathew

is the son of K.M. Mathew, who was the Chief Editor of the Malayala Manorama newspaper untill his death in 2010. See above for more.

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Philip Mathew

the son of K. M. Mathew and brother of Mammen Mathew, is the Managing Editor of the Group. Philip Mathew is the former Chairman of the Press Trust of India, PTI, the largest news agency of the country. He was also the Chief Organiser of the International Press Institute, IPI World Congress, in his capacity as the Vice Chairman of the IPI.




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Most ownership data is available on the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India registry, Details about the Company’s history is available on the company website. A clear family tree, or how the shareholders are related to each other, however, is not available. Details about Corporate Governance is also not clearly apparent from their documents. The company was written to, through email on the 18th March 2019 and by courier, on the 22nd March 2019, seeking information and verification of data. There has been no response from the Company.

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