Thinakaran.lk is a website that publishes the content available in the print edition of the Tamil language Thinakaran newspaper. Additionally, the website also permits readers to freely access the e-paper of Thinakaran. The paper and the website are owned by the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon (ANCL or Lake House) which is a state-owned institution. The website features content under several themes including domestic affairs, foreign affairs, business, sports and reports on criminal activities. Several other online publications such as Dinamina, Daily News, Resa, and Sarasaviya, Sunday Observer, Silumina and Budusarana operate as Thinakaran.lk’s sister websites.
Media Companies / Groups
Thinakaran.lk is managed by the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited which is a state-owned institution as per the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon (Special Provisions) Act No. 28. In total, there are 99 shareholders which includes the Department of Public Trustee, 10 institutions and 88 individuals. The highest number of shares is held by the Department of Public Trustee on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka. The Department of Public Trustee comes within the ambit of the Ministry of Justice and Prison Reforms.
Group / Individual Owner
Ceylon Petroleum Corporation
The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation was established by Act. No. 28 of 1961 in parliament and remains Sri Lanka’s national oil and gas company.
Ceylon Shipping Corporation
The Ceylon Shipping Corporation Limited was established in 1971 under Act No. 11 of 1971. Although established in 1971, it became a fully state-owned company in 1992.
Affiliated Interests Founder
The online edition of Thinakaran was founded under The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited (ANCL or Lake House), which is a state-owned institution. Presently, it publishes four daily publications (Daily News, Dinamina, Thinakaran and Resa) and three weekly publications (Sunday Observer, Silumina and Vaaramanjari) in Sinhala, Tamil and English. Although ANCL was a private company founded by D.R. Wijewardene, it was nationalised as a public limited liability company under The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited (Special Provisions) Law No. 28 of 1973. At present, 87.56 percent of its shares are held by the Secretary to the Public Trustee on behalf of the government.
Affiliated Interests Ceo
Krishantha Prasad Cooray, also referred to as Krishantha Cooray, is the current Chairperson of the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited (ANCL, also known as Lake House). He has previously held executive positions at the Ceylinco Group, Richard Peiris Group and The Capital Maharaja Organisation Limited where he oversaw the news broadcasts by the company’s TV and radio stations. He reportedly played a key role in establishing the Rivira Media Corporation (Pvt) Limited under the Richard Peiris Group and served there as founding Director and CEO. The Nation and Rivira were launched under his direction. However, Rivira ceased its English publication, The Nation, in 2017.
Affiliated Interests Editor-In-Chief
Kanapathipillai Kunarasa currently serves as the Chief Editor of both the daily Thinakaran newspaper and the weekly Vaaramanjari. Before working in the current position, Kunarasa has held the positions of Associate Editor and News Editor at Thinakaran. Prior to working at Thinakaran, Kunarasa served in the following capacities: News Reviewer at Nethra TV, TV Presenter at the state-owned Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC), Relief Announcer at the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) and BBC London. He also served as a journalist at the Thinapathi and Chinthamani newspapers for Independent Newspapers Limited.
Kalai Rajah Ashokkumarrajah – News Editor at Thinakaran
M.M. Mohammed Marlin and S. Pandiyan – Associate Editor at Thinakaran
Affiliated Interests other important people
M.M. Mohammed Marlin – he also serves in the Media Centre of the Young Men's Muslim Association
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Thinakaran.lk and the official website of the Associated Newspapers Ceylon Limited ANCL or Lake House do not provide details about its board of directors, ownership or its organisational structure. As such, publicly available secondary sources and the annual returns available at the Department of Registrar of Companies were referenced. The most recently available data was for the year 2016. While the Media Ownership Monitor research team reached out to ANCL by formally requesting for the company’s information on 20 July 2018, the company did not respond to the aforementioned request.