First newspaper of Kerala is Rajyasamacharam. This was started for religious propagation by the Christian missionaries of Basel Mission in June 1847 from lllikunnue near Thalasseri.
Herman Gundert started another publication called Paschimodayam (1847). Dr. Frederic Muller was its editor.
Jnananikshepam published from Kottayam in 1848 November. It was printed at the CMS Press Kottayam.
Vidyasamgraham publication of CMS College is the first college Magazine in Kerala. It was started in 1864.
Paschimataraka (1964) is the first newspaper from Kochi.
Santishtavadi published from Kottayam by W.H.Moor in 1867. It is the first newspaper that was banned.
Keralamitram is the first systematic newspaper the Malayalam language from Kochi. Devji Bhimji (Gujarathi) was its publisher. It is the first weekly in Malayalam.
Kerala Sanchari edited by Vengayil Kunhiraman Nayar was published from Kozhikode in 1886.
Vijnanachinthamani is the first Sankrit news paper started by Punnasheri Neelakanda Sharma.
Kerala Deepika is the first malayalam paper published from Malabar. Its founder is Chengulathu Kunhirama Menon.
The father of Malayalam Journalism is Chengulathu Kunhirama Menon.
Malayali ,newspaper started in Trivandrum in 1886. Its first editor is C. Krishnapillai.
Deepika is the oldest newspaper which is still being published. The Deepika started publishing from Kottayam in 1887 under the name Nasrani Deepika. In 1938 it became a full fledged daily. In 1939 its name was changed to Deepika.
Kerala's first literary magazine is Vidya Vilasini (in 1881).
First women's magazine is Kairali Suguna Bodh. It was published in 1887.
Vidyavinodini is the second literary magazine published in 1889 in Thrissur. Its Editors are C.P. Achutamenon and Vengayil Kunhirama Nayanar.
Rasika Ranjini is the literary magazine co-sponsored by Kunhikuttan Thampuran and Appan Thampuran.
Vivekodayam was started by SNDP on 13 May 1904. Its founder Editor is Mahakavi Kuma ran Asan.
Mitavadi was started from Tellicherry in 1907. Its Founder Editor is Moorkoth Kumaran. Mahakavi Kumaranasan's famous poem Veena Poovu was first published in the Mitavadi. In 1913, C.K. Krishnan obtained rights of the paper and started publishing as a magazine from Kozhikode.
Swadeshabimani was a newspaper distributed in Travancore. Vakkom Abdul Khadar Moulavi founded the weekly newspaper on January 19, 1905. Its first Editor is C P Govinda Pillai. RamaKrishna Pillai became the editor in January 1906. In 1957, Government of Kerala returned the press to Moulavi's family.
The Malayala Manorama started publication from Kottayam in 1888. It was initially started as a weekly. The paper was floated by a joint stock company, the first time in India. First editor was Kandathil Varghese Mappilai. The Malayala Manorama was converted to a daily in 1928.
Bhashaposhini was first printed and distributed in 1892 as a literary magazine of the 'Bhashaposhini Sabha'. The founder editor is Kandathil Varghese Mappillai. In 1895, it was merged to another magazine `Vidhyavinodini'. In 1897, it resumed as an independent journal again.
Kerala Kaumudi was founded in 1911 by C.V. Kunhiraman with K. Sukumaran as the founder editor.
Mathrubhumi was founded by K.P. Kesava Menon in 1923 aftermath of Gandhi's non-cooperation movement as a public limited company from Kozhikode. Mathrubhumi became a daily on April 6. 1930.
First Malayalam newspaper which started its intemet edition is Deepika (1997).
Desabhimani is the Voice of the CPI (M). It was started as a weekly in Kozhikode on September 6, 1942 and converted to a daily in 1946. M.S. Devadas was its first editor.
Mangalam is the monthly started by M.C. Varghese from Kottayam (1969).
Chandrika Newspaper is the voice of the Muslim League established in 1932 at Thalassery.
Facts about Radio Broadcasting in Kerala
The first Malayalam Radio Broadcasting was in 1939 from Chennai.
Travancore state set up the first station. The radio broadcasting was started in Travancore state on March 12, 1943. The 5 kw transmitter was set up at Kulathur and the studio was sited at the old MLA quarters. Two hours broadcasting in Friday evenings were aired by the station. Later it changed to four day broadcast per week.
Thiruvananthapuram station: Radio broadcasting became a daily process in 1947 July. After Independence the Travancore Broadcasting station merged with All India Radio Network from 1st April 1950. During the year 1952, All India Radio Thiruvananthapuram moved its premises from old MLA quarters to the present Bhakthivilasam Palace. The first Director is G.P. Sakthidharan Nair (1950). The first Regional News Broadcasting in Kerala was started in 1957 August 15. Malayalam News from Delhi Station was from 1948 January 1. The first reader is K. Padmanabhan Nair.
Alappuzha Station: A 100kw medium wave Transmitter was commissioned on 17th July 1971. It relayed the programmes of AIR Thiruvananthapuram in Central Districts of Kerala.
P.K. Veera Raghavan Nair is popularly known as Radio Ammavan.
Vivida Bharati started in 1996 March 6. From 1999 August 15, it is known as Ananthapuri FM.
Kozhikode Radio station started in 1950.
Thrissur Radio station started in 1954.
First FM Station is Kochi Akashavani. It started broadcasting in 1989 October 1.
Private FM stations started broadcasting from 2007 onwards.
Kerala's first private FM station Radio is Mango 91.9. It was launched on 29 November 2007 in Kozhikode.
First community radio is "Radio Alakal” broadcasting from Trivandrum on 1 May 2006.
The total number of All India Radio Stations in kerala is Seven. They are Trivandrum, Kozhikkode, Thrissur, Alappuzha, Kochi, Kannur, Devikulam.
District with highest number of Radio followers in Kerala are Kannur District.
Facts about Television Broadcasting in Kerala
Television broadcasting in Kerala was established by Doordarshan.
The only government owned channel in Kerala is VICTERS Educational channel.
Television broadcasting started in Kerala in 1982 January in Thiruvananthapuram.
The first director is K. Kunhikrishnan.
Malayalam news telecast was started on January 1985.
The first Malayalam TV Channel in Private Sector is Asianet.
The first full fledged news channel started in Malayalam is India Vision. It started functioning in 2003.
The first and only one Malayalam news channel broadcasting English News is Jeevan TV.
Jai Hind TV channel is controlled by Indian National Congress.
Religious channels are Divine TV, Power Vision and Shalom Television.
Surya TV was started in 1998.
Kairali TV was started in2000. It is the first public sector TV channel in India.
Asianet malayalam satellite channel began in 1992.
Facts about Postal System in Kerala
Anchal is the early postal system of Kerala introduced by Col. Munro. The Symbol in the 'Anchal' stamps of Travancore is Conchshell. Anchal system was introduced in Travancore during the period of Marthanda Varma in 1724.
Kerala post and telegraph department came into existence in July 1st 1961.
Kerala Postal & Telegraph Circle was formed on the 1st July 1961 (P&T).
Kerala Postal Circle came into existence in 1st September 1974. It is the functional bifurcation of the P & T Circles.
The first post office in Travancore was started in 1852 in Alappuzha during the period of Uthram Thirunal Marthanda Varma.
Early Postman of Travancore is Anchal Pillai.
Pincode system was started in Kerala in 1972, August 15.
Kerala Postal Circle includes Kerala, Lakshadweep and Mahe.
The first Speed Post Centre in Kerala is at Ernakulam in November 1986.
Paper was used instead of Palmyra in Kerala Postal Service in 1871.
Postal Savings Scheme was started in 1947 during the time of Diwan Raghva lyer.
Anchal Service was amalgamated with Telegraph department in April 1951.
The district with most number of post offices is Thrissur.
The district with least number of post offices is Wayanad.
Cochin Foreign Office handles only foreign letters.
India's oldest communication services are Telegraph. Telegraph system was started in Travancore in 1863. Malayalam telegraph was started in 1994. India Government stopped the service of Telegraph in 2013.
Facts about Telecommunication in Kerala
Kerala is the first Indian state to have telephone facilities in all Panchayats.
Kerala Telecom Circle was established in 1974.
First Trunk automatic exchange in Kerala was started in 1975 in Thiruvananthapuram.
Telecom department started its Internet service in 1998.
Cellone Mobile Service started in 23 October 2002.
Now there are 1246 automatic telephone exchanges in Kerala.
District in which highest number of telephone exchanges is Ernakulam district and least is Wayanad.