John Brittas

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John Brittas
Born (1966-10-24) 24 October 1966 (age 52)
Kannur, Kerala, India
Known forManaging Director of Kairali TV and former Business head of Asianet Communications Limited,
Home townKannur, Kerala
TelevisionKairali TV, Asianet
ChildrenAnna & Anand

John Brittas is a journalist, managing director of Kairali TV (Malayalam Communications, Ltd.) and former Business Head of Asianet Communications. He was born on 24 October 1966, in Kannur into Alilakuzhy family.


After primary education in a nearby school, he attended high school at Don Bosco Higher Secondary School, Irinjalakuda, Thrissur. He went to Sir Syed College (Taliparamba) in Kannur for his predegree. He had his bachelor's degree in Political Science from Payyanur College, Payyannur and master's degree in political science from Sree Kerala Varma College, Thrissur. He also studied for his Law degree from Kerala Law Academy Law College, Trivandrum. He secured first rank in both the exams. From Thrissur, John Brittas went to Delhi and attended Jawaharlal Nehru University for an M.Phil and later a PhD.


Though he had a flair for writing and was involved in college level literary activities, journalism came his way by chance. It was for the sole purpose of getting a job that he had applied for the post of sub editor in "Desabhimani", the mouth piece journal of Communist Party of India (Marxist). When he went to Delhi for higher pursuits, the newspaper transferred him to Delhi under its bureau chief Prabhakara Varma. In Delhi, even before joining his office, he was assigned to escort the then CPIM CM of Kerala to Punjab for a discussion with the "Akalis," a radical group screaming for a separate state in those days. John Brittas acknowledges the exposure he got in Delhi at that very young age for all his achievements. He arrived in Delhi at a time when the political stage of India was undergoing radical changes. He became a witness to many major changes that designed the country's future both at the home front and in the international arena.

By the time Kairali TV was launched under Malayalam Communications Ltd by Communist party of India in the year 2000, John Brittas had become a seasoned media personality. He was an ideal choice for the post of Associate Director in charge of the Delhi Bureau for Kairali TV- a leftist founded Malayalam Channel. That was the time when many of the print journalists were switching to visual media. John also took it as an opportunity to dabble in the electronic media after a long association with the print media. After working for three years in Delhi, he was made the managing director of the channel and was transferred to Kerala.[1]

After an eleven-year stint, he resigned from Malayalam Communications Ltd and became the CEO of Asianet Communications Limited on 2 May 2011.[2][3]

On 27 February 2013 he got an offer from MCL as MD of new division and he will take charge March 2013.

He acted in a Malayalam movie "Velli Velichathil" released in 2014.

Awards and accolades[edit]

John Brittas was the youngest correspondent to get the Central Hall pass in the Parliament. He has covered parliamentary proceedings for both Kairali TV and Desabhimani. He did first hand reporting for the general elections between 1991 and 1999. He also covered the general election in Nepal soon after the death of King Birendra. He was physically present in Ayodhya during the Babri Masjid demolition. He was the first journalist from India to reach Baghdad during the recent war in Iraq. From there he not only reported for his channel but also wrote for various newspapers.

He got the Journalism Educational Award from the Goenka Foundation for his research on "The Impact of Globalization in Print Media".


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