About Us

Wijeya Newspapers Ltd. (WNL) commenced operations in 1980 with two Sinhala weeklies -"Sirikatha" and "Wijeya" designed for women and children respectively. These were followed in 1983 by another Sinhala weekly for young men -"Tharunaya". Soon after, was born The "Lanka Woman"- a women's journal in English. The company was anxious to provide readers with quality colour printing and thus WNL became the first Sri Lankan publisher to install a web-fed offset press capable of providing very good colour In 1986, the Company expanded its publishing activities by acquiring several newspaper titles form the then defunct Times of Ceylon Ltd.

Two Sunday Newspapers, the Sunday Lankadeepa in February 1986 and the Sunday Times in June 7th of 1987, which reached the hands of the reading public, were brand new publications with refreshingly new concepts, style and form. They served to fill a great vacuum for bold and independent newspapers with attractive presentations. The success of these two newspapers led to WNL's first daily newspaper in 1991 - the "Daily Lankadeepa" which provided its readers with a fresh product everyday and which has raced away to become the most popular Sinhala daily newspaper of today.

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  • Vision

    To be the most independent and socially responsible media group in Sri Lanka, upholding freedom of expression and protecting the right of the individual through journalistic excellence.

  • Mission

    Our mission is to provide timely and comprehensive information, to everyone, wherever they are We shall report the facts as they are, while reflecting a wide variety of views to keep them informed and help them shape an opinion. We shall provide a forum for the public to discuss issues of importance and interest We believe that knowledge and information form the foundation of social equality and shall work diligently to connect to the younger generation

 

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Publications

Wijeya's publications meet Sri Lanka's cultural and linguistic diversity. Our English newspapers and publications include dailies such as the Daily Mirror and Financial Times and the weekend paper Sunday Times; magazines such as the society journal HI! and Lanka Woman.

  • All
  • Weekly
  • Daily
  • Magazines

Daily Lankadeepa

Sunday Lankadeepa

Deshaya

Tamil Mirror

Daily Mirror

FT

Ada

Sunday Times

Sathuta

Lanka Women

Sirikatha

Wijaya

Bilindu

Hi Magazine

Pariganaka

Milestones

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  • Sunday Times
    Sunday Times Started on 07th June 1987
    Financial Times - 01-09-2002 to 22nd November 2009
    Junior Times - 14-03-1988
    Funday Times - 13-08-2000
    Hit Ad - 2006 August

    Editors Guild Awards
    • 1998
    • Journalist of the Year: Iqbal Athas
    • 1999
    • Photographer of the Year: - Gemunu Wellage
    • Best Photograph of the Year: - Dilshika Jayamaha
    • For reporting under special circumstances (Honorable Mention): M. A. Pushpa Kumara & Sajeewa Chinthaka
    • Upali Wijewardene Award for Human Interest Reporting (Hon. Mention): Kumudini Hettiarachchi
    • 2000
    • Best Foreign Report of the Year: Thalif Deen
    • For his picture capturing an emotional moment: J. Weerasekara
    • Young Journalist of the Year: Nilika de Silva
    • Best Designed Newspaper of the Year – The Sunday Times
    • Young Reporter of the Year: Dilrukshi Handunnetti
    • 2001
    • B.A. Siriwardene Award for Columnist of the Year: Iqbal Athas
    • Best Designed Newspaper of the Year: The Sunday Times
    • Young Reporter of the Year: Shelani Perera
    • D.R. Wijewardene Award for Earning the Appreciation of Peers and Public: Neville de Silva
    • Award for the Best Environment Report of the year: Dilrukshi Handunnetti
    • 2002
    • Upali Wijewardene Feature Writer of the Year: Kumudini Hettiarachchi
    • Photograph of the Year: Daminda Harsha Perera
    • Best Designed Newspaper of the Year: The Sunday Times
    • 2003
    • Mervyn de Silva Award for Journalist of the Year: Kumudini Hettiarachchi
    • B.A. Siriwardena Columnist of the Year: Rajpal Abeynayake
    • Best Journalist of the Year (English language): Chris Kamalendran
    • 2004
    • Award for Best Sports Journalist of the Year: Marlon Fernandopulle
    • Upali Wijewardene Feature Writer of the Year (Joint Winners): Priyanwada Ranawaka & Renu Warnasuriya
    • 2006
    • Developing Asia Journalism Awards – Dilshath Banu Noordeen was selected as the first runner-up by the Asian Development Bank Institute under the Development Agencies and Development Category for her story on ‘Debris the dumping disaster’ after the December 2004 tsunami.
    • 2006
    • Developing Asia Journalism Awards – Dilshath Banu Noordeen was selected as the first runner-up by the Asian Development Bank Institute under the Development Agencies and Development Category for her story on ‘Debris the dumping disaster’ after the December 2004 tsunami.
    Editors Guild
    • 2008
    • Best News Journalist of the year- (Certificate) –Christoper Kamalendren
    • Best Business Journalist – Bandula Sirimanne
    • Best designed Newspaper of the year
    • Best young Reporter – Ms.Isuru Kavirathne
    • 2017
    • Best Columnist-B.A.Siriwardene Award –Don Manu
    • Best designed paper
    • Best News Web Site (English)
    • Best Features Writer – Ms.Smrithi Danniel
    • Best Journalist on Environmental Issues (Certificate)-Kasun Warakapitiya
    • D.R.Wijewardene Award for Earning the Appreciation of Peers and Public – Namini Wijedasa
    • 2018
    • Best Design Paper
    • Sports Journalist of the Year –Champika Fernando
    • Scoop of the year –News Team of Sunday Times
    • Mervyn De Silva Journalist of the year(Merit Certificate)-Chandani Kirinde
  • Started in 24/1/96 as Mid Week Mirror(Tabloid)
    Became Daily Mirror on 17/06/99(Tabloid)
    Broad Sheet on 26/8/2000
    Financial Times (DM) -02-09-2002 to 21-11-2009
    Mirror Business from 23-11-2009

    • 2007
    • Received Superbrand Status for Financial Times
    Editors Guild
    • 2008
    • Best Sports Journalist – Channaka De Silva
    • Best Photographer – Dinuka Liyanawatta
    • Best Designed paper – (Certificate)
    • 2009
    • Best Sports Journalist – Channaka De Silva
    • Best Photographer –Samantha Perera
    • D.R.Wijewardena Merit Award –Sunil Jayasiri (Deputy Editor & Defense Correspondent)
    • 2017
    • Best Business Journalist – (Certificate) –Chandip Malith Wettasinghe
    • 2017
    • Denzil Peiris Young Reporter of the year(Merit certificate)–Fhathima Ismile
    • Best Health Care & Medicine Report of the year –Punami Amerasighe
    • Best Design news website of the year – www.dailymirror.lk
    • 2019
    • Editors Guild. Best Cartoonist of the year (Merit) –Mr.Sajith Bandara
    • Sports Journalist of the Year (English) – Mr Harsha Amarasinghe
    • Best Health Care & Medicine Report of the year –Ms.Punami Amerasighe
    • Sepala Gunasena Award for Defending Press Freedom in Sri Lanka –Mr. M.S.M.Ayub
    The Women’s Media Awards (18/11/2008 at Hilton)
    • 2008
    • Special Award for taking Sri Lankan Media to a Global level.
    Collats 2010(Sri Lanka Association of Printers)
    • 2010
    • Silver –Best Produced Newspaper
  • Diyatha 14th November 2004
    Sandella 24th November 1996

    Editors Guild
    • 2008
    • Best Journalist on Social Issues (Certificate) –Ms.Asuntha Edirisuriya
    • 2018
    • Subramaniam Chettiar Social Development Reporter of the year –Samantha Jayalal
  • Mid week Lankadeepa 05-12-1990 to 09-09.1991
    • 2006
    • SLIM Nelsen Peoples Awards
    • 2007
    • SLIM Nelsen Peoples Awards
    • 2008
    • SLIM Nelsen Peoples Awards
    • 2010
    • SLIM Nelsen Peoples Awards
    • 2011
    • SLIM Nelsen Peoples Awards
    • 2012
    • SLIM Nelsen Peoples Awards
    • 2013
    • SLIM Nelsen Peoples Awards
    • 2014
    • SLIM Nelsen Peoples Awards
    • 2015
    • SLIM Nelsen Peoples Awards
    • 2016
    • SLIM Nelsen Peoples Awards
    • 2017
    • SLIM Nelsen Peoples Awards
    • 2018
    • SLIM Nelsen Peoples Awards
    The Women’s Media Awards (18/11/2008 at Hilton)
    • Lankadeepa Deputy Editor –Mrs.Indrani Peries –Best Women Deputy Editor Award
    • Lankadeepa Senior Journalist –Mrs.Dayaseeli Liyanage –Best Women Lobby Reporter
    • Mrs. Vinitha Gamage –Best Environment Journalist
    • Ms.Sanjeevika Samarathunga (SLD) –Best Women Journalist Conducting Interviews
    Editors Guild
    • 2017
    • Best Web Design (Certificate) –Tharindu Jayawardene and Akila Beddevithana
    • 2019
    • Scoop of the year –Tharindu Jayawardene
    • - Right to know the information –Best Journalists .Mr. Tharindu Jayawardene and Bingun Menaka Gamage
    Collats (Sri Lanka Association of Printers)
    • 2010
    • Bronze –Best Produced Newspaper
    • 2017
    • Gold –Best Produced Newspaper
  • Started 02nd January 2012
    Editors Guild
    • 2017
    • Best Sports Journalist –Pathum Wijerathne
    • 2018
    • Best Sports Journalist of the year –Pathum Wijerathne
    • 2019
    • Best Sports Journalist of the Year –Pathum Wjerathne
    • Best News Website (Sinhala)-Certificate) –Mr. Chanaka Chandrasekara
  • Midweek 20th May 2015.Broad Sheet Daily on 8th July 2015
    Editors Guild
    • 2018
    • Business Journalist of the year Suthanthiranthan Anuthinan
    • B.A .Siriwardene Columnist of the year (Merit Certificate) –Kanagalingam Gopikrishna
    • 2019
    • Business Journalist of the year Suthanthiranthan Anuthinan
    • Best Cartoonist of the Year (Tamil) –Mr. Namal Madushanka Amerasinghe
  • Started 1st June 2014
    Editors Guild
    • 2018
    • Best Design news website of the year –www.deshaya .lk
    • Upali Wijewardene feature writer of the year (certificate Merit) Sugath Priyantha
    • 2019
    • Best Design Newspaper
    • Health Care and Medical Reporter of the year.-Mr.Sugath Kulathungaarachchi
  • Started on 23rd November 2009
    Editors Guild
    • 2009
    • Business Journalist of the Year (Miss.Cheranka Mendis)
    • Merit certificate on reporting under special circumstances – Ms. Uditha Jayasinghe
    Collats (Sri Lanka Association of Printers)
    • 2010
    • Gold – Best Produced Newspaper
  • 08th February 1984(Newspaper ) 22nd February 2006
    Lanka Women Magazine -15th March 2006 to September 2006
    LW – November 2006
    Lanka Women -2018 January
  • Started 21st July 1983
    Collats (Sri Lanka Association of Printers)
    • 2010
    • Silver –Best Produced Tabloid
  • Started 30th April 1980
  • Started on 20th July 1980
  • Started on 15th March 2004
  • Started on April 2003
  • Started on March 13th 2013 (once a year)
  • Started on March 2005
  • Started on 01st August 1996 .Issued as a separate Magazine September 1999
  • Started on 01st November 2005
  • Started on 15th November 2007
  • Started on 18th November 2011
  • Started on April 2005
  • National Cleaner Production Awards-2009 (30th October 2009-Galle Face Hotel) Given by National Cleaner Production Centre –Sri Lanka
    • Silver Award in Recognition of excellence in cleaner production practices in manufacturing –Small & Medium Organization Category
    • Special award in recognition of achievements in material efficiency in manufacturing and special award in recognition of achievements in water efficiency in manufacturing-small & medium organization category.
    • Taiki Akimoto 5S Awards 2009 -2nd Runner-up organized by Japan Sri Lanka Technical & Cultural Association(JASTECA)
    • National Quality Circle Awards -2009 (29th June 2010) -Certificate
    • Global Chemical Leasing Award 2010 –Certificate for applying and Promoting Chemical Leasing
    • National Productivity Awards 2009- Production(Medium Scale) -3rd Place in Western Province.
    • National Green Awards 2012 –Silver Trophy by Central Environment Authority
    • ISO 14001 : 2004 /SLS ISO 14001: 2004
    • Golden Award for Quality & Business Prestige on 25th November 2019 in Italy.
    • WAN-IFRA Certificate for Standardized Printing 2019

Contact

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Location:

Wijeyanewspapers Head Office, No. 8, Hunupitiya Cross Road, Colombo 02.

Call:

011 247 9479

Fax:

011 244 8323

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