News First or News 1st is a Sri Lankan news organization owned by the Capital Maharaja Organization Ltd.[1] News 1st primarily broadcasts news live on three TV channels (Sirasa TV, Shakthi TV, TV1, five radio channels (Sirasa FM, Yes FM, Shakthi FM, Y FM and Legends FM), three news websites in Sinhala, English & Tamil languages, and social media platforms (Youtube, Facebook, Twitter).

News First
News First logo.png
CountrySri Lanka
Broadcast areaSri Lanka
Worldwide Online (via News 1st Digital)
NetworkMTV Channel
HeadquartersMTV/ MBC Head Off
Language(s)Tamil, English, Sinhala
OwnerCapital Maharaja
Sister channelsSirasa TV
Shakthi TV
TV One
Sirasa FM
Shakthi FM
Yes FM
Legends FM
LaunchedOctober 1, 2003 (2003-10-01)
Streaming media
Live web streaming


Village Council (Gammedda)Edit

News 1st initiated “Gammedda” programme to invigorate the Village Council fora, by taking it to the masses, and strengthening the fundamentals of democracy by instilling the ideal that the relevant authorities and highest echelons of government are directly responsible to the people.[2][3]

Construction Clinic (Danamuthu Sayanaya)Edit

News 1st, S-Lon Construction Clinic called Danamuthu Sayanaya is another initiative carried out with the participation of the renowned architects, builders, engineers in the country where these professionals provide advice free of charge.[4][5][6]

News 1st Classroom (Media Workshop)Edit

News 1st Outreach reaches out to each of young life, to nurture the youth with media literacy and communication, to make a better future through News 1st Classroom.[7][8][9][10]

Dawasa Political ProgrammeEdit

Dawasa is a program which is focused on the current political situation in Sri Lanka where two expert journalists in the field of politics will share their views, along with News 1st presenter Roshan Watala. It goes on to express the comments, impressions and drawbacks faced by the general public on social media such as Facebook and Twitter.[11][12][13][14]

UNCA AwardEdit

A news documentary series telecasted on News1st, based on International Water Day was awarded the Silver medal at the United Nations Correspondents Association Awards which was held in United States in 2013. Director English News Shameer Rasooldeen and Executive Producer Zulfick Farzan of News1st compiled the award winning story.[15]

News 1st DigitalEdit

News 1st Digital is the official web news provider under the Capital Maharaja Organization umbrella in association with the Maharaja television and broadcasting services. News 1st Digital launched its website,[16] in 2007. is Sri Lanka's 1st trilingual website and provides latest news updates and breaking news in English, Sinhala and Tamil for local, business, political, life style, entertainment and sports news. In August 2013 English website was awarded a Silver medal at Awards. In August 2014 English website was awarded a Silver medal at Awards while the bronze medal was awarded to Tamil website.[17][18]


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "MTV Channel (PVT) Ltd". Archived from the original on 2012-06-30.
  2. ^ "Gammadda Sirasa live program".
  3. ^ "Gammadda Sirasa TV Videos".
  4. ^ "8th S-lon Danamuthu Sayanaya delights the people in Jaffna".
  5. ^ "S-Lon Holds 7th Danamuthu Sayanaya in Kandy". Archived from the original on 2015-09-24.
  6. ^ "Page 16 - CCI Bulletin March 2014". Archived from the original on 2015-05-29.
  7. ^ "Category Archives: workshop of the Newsfirst Classroom program".
  8. ^ "News First Classroom".[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Another Newsfirst media workshop held in Colombo".
  10. ^ "News1st Classroom : 175th media workshop underway for a second day in Hali-Ela". Archived from the original on 2015-05-29.
  11. ^ "News1st Dawasa".
  12. ^ "news first dawasa".
  13. ^ "News 1st Dawasa 19.05.2015". Archived from the original on 2015-05-29.
  14. ^ "News First Dawasa". Archived from the original on 2015-05-29.
  15. ^ "Another first, another victory". Ceylon Today. 8 December 2013. Archived from the original on 29 January 2015. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  16. ^ "News 1st Digital". Archived from the original on 30 January 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  17. ^ "Newsfirst website honoured again at Awards". Viva Lanka. Rev-Creations Inc. 24 July 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  18. ^ "Newsfirst website awarded Silver medal at Awards". Viva Lanka. Rev-Creations Inc. 24 July 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2019.

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