Calicut: Media One Channel, first of its kind from Kozhikode, began their telecasting in grand style projecting their motto of truthful news with virtuous entertainment programmes. This channel is the gift of Madhyamam Daily to the society as they are celebrating their twenty five years in Value-based Journalism. Union Defense Minister A.K. Antony dedicated this channel to the society.
The occasion was witnessed by more than ten thousand people in ‘Swapna Nagari’, a ground in Kozhikode city. The Union minister Antony after pressing the launch button addressed the huge crowd and began his emotional speech by wishing all success to the “new born kid of Madhyamam family”. He said that the motto of the channel “Truth” and “Virtue” has attracted him a lot. “In this extremely competitive media field it is a herculean task to go ahead with this motto of “Truth” and “Virtue”. I hope your victory in this endeavour. You should be in the winning side and should never be a failure” Antony expressed his genuine expectations about the channel in the midst of loud round of applause from the crowd. Madhyamam Chairman T. Arifali presided over the function. He said that Media One is the result of essential and natural progress of the Madhyamam ventures. “We usually give names to our dreams. We also named our dream. It is this dream of becoming the best channel in India that prompted us to name it as Media “One”. “Truth” and “Virtue” will be the slogan of Media One”, he explained.
Chief Minister of the state Oomen Chandy inaugurated the function. Opposition Leader V.S. Achuthanandan inaugurated the head office of the channel in Kozhikode and Industries Minister P.K Kunjali Kutty inaugurated the news studio.
Minister for Culture K.C Joseph launched the Media One official Website and famous Industrialist Gulfar Muhammadali inaugurated the Programme studio. Film director Ranjith published the signature music of the channel.
Renowned writers M. Mukundan and P. Valsala, CPI National Council member Binoy Viswam, Jama’athe Islami National Assitant Ameer Prof. K.A. Sidiq Hasan, BJP National council member Adv. P.S Sreedharan Pillai, Welfare Party State General Secretary K. Ambujakshan, Industrialists Azad Moopan and P.V. Abdul Wahab, Gulf Madhyamam Editor V.K Hamza Abbas, Swami Guru Ratnam Jnanan Tapswi, Bishop Doctor Joseph Faar Thomas, South Kerala Jam’eathul Ulama State secretary Thodiyoor Muhammed Kunji Moulavi, Kerala Nadwathul Mujahideen State Vice President P.K. Ahamad, Shabab Weekly Editor Mujeeb Rahman Kinaaloor spoke in the function. Madhyamam Media One editor O. Abdurahman did the concluding speech.
Members of Parliament M.K. Raghavan, M.I. Shanavas, and E.T Muhammed Basheer, Members of Legislative Assembly A. Pradeep Kumar and P.T.A Raheem, District Panchayath President Kaanathil Jameela, District Collector K.V. Mohan Kumar, Muslim League State General Secretary K.P.A. Majeed, Muslim League Malappuram District President Saadiqali Shihab Thangal, All India Islahi Movement National Secretary Dr. Hussain Madavoor, attended the function. Media One M.D. Dr.Abdul Salam Ahamad Welcomed and Deputy C.E.O M.Sajid conveyed thanks to the gathering. Literary Figure Vaikom Muhammed Basheer was paid homage in the end with a programme named “Nanmayude Apaaratheeram” (Great Shore of Virtue).