Not your typical media conglomerate - From Terrestrial TV to Gammadda

As a total entertainment provider, our media arm covers everything from TV, radio, events, music distribution, video production and more. It’s home to bold initiatives such as News 1st and Gammadda, and reaches over 85% of households all around the island.

Creating MTV Channels and MBC Networks

In 1991, CMG partnered with Singapore Telecom International (Singtel) to create one of Sri Lanka's first independent TV channels - MTV, with a focus on English programming. Two years later, after receiving a license for FM stereo radio channels, we launched our first radio channel - Yes FM. In 1998, CMG bought over Singtel’s shares and became the sole owners of both channels. Subsequently we launched Sirasa and Shakthi (TV and FM) for the Sinhala and Tamil markets. Since then, MBC Networks - the parent company of our radio channels has also launched two additional Sinhala and English Channels - Y FM and Legends. CMG is also home to News 1st, where we deliver exceptional news reporting in all three languages across TV, radio and web: all from one central location.

From entertainment to telecommunications

In 1993, CMG incorporated a joint venture with Telekom Malaysia Berhad (™) - MTN Networks. Two years later, Dialog GSM launched Asia’s first Digital GSM Network, overtaking the pre-existing mobile solution providers in the local market who were offering analogue networks at the time. In 1996, CMG exited the partnership and Telekom Malaysia took over MTN Networks as the sole owners. Today, Dialog is one the nation’s largest public limited companies and has expanded into television and broadband. The brand has over eight million subscribers and has helped Sri Lanka match global standards in the Telecommunications Industry.

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