Dr John Brittas is a Member of Parliament representing the State of Kerala in the Rajya Sabha. He is also a renowned media personality with a standing of more than three decades and presently heads Kairali Television Network (Malayalam Communications Ltd) as the Managing Director and Chief Editor. 

He was elected to Rajya Sabha on 24th April 2021 as a CPI (M) member. Before getting elected to the Indian Parliament, he functioned as one of the advisors (2016-2021) to the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Kerala, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan.During his long media innings, he held several important positions and portfolios including the post of the Business Head of Star – Disney Group in Kerala.

Dr John Brittas hails from Kannur, Northern Kerala and after initial schooling at his village in Pulikurumba, he went over to Thrissur to complete his Higher Secondary at the Don Bonsco School. He studied in various colleges including Sir Syed College, Taliparamba (Pre-Degree), Payyannur College (Graduation) and Sree Kerala Varma College, Thrissur (Post Graduation). Thereafter he proceeded to do M.Phil – Ph.D at the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi.

Dr John Brittas proved to be an active parliamentarian being an ardent participant in the proceedings of the House. Shri Venkaiah Naidu, Hon’ble Vice President of India and Chairman of Rajya Sabha, acclaimed him for his discourse in the House regarding the functioning of Indian Judiciary.

Dr John Brittas was active in student politics during his college days and one of the office bearers of the University Students Union. After graduaton he made his foray into journalism and soon he was deputed to New Delhi. He worked from Delhi as a print journalist and also as an electronic media person and had the opportunity to cover important events that shaped the Indian society and polity. The demolition of Babri Masjid, Gujarat riots, happenings in Pakistan and Nepal election are amongst the important events that he witnessed and reported about. He was the first Indian journalist to be in Baghdad to cover the US-Iraq conflict which eventually led to the dethronement of Sadam Hussain. The news snippets disseminated from Iraq titled “Baghdad Diary” was picked up by various media organisations. He spent about a fortnight in Pakistan understanding the socio-political verticals of that nation. Dr John Brittas had the opportunity to be the part of Prime Minister’s media team which visited US, Russia, Germany, Switzerland, etc. Dr John Brittas was fortunate to be a journalist covering the Indian Parliament at an young age and he held Central Hall and Long and Distinguished (L&D) Journalist Pass for a long time.

He took his Doctorate ( PhD ) from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi, for his study on impact of globalisation on Indian Media.

Dr John Brittas is one of the prominent faces of the Television and many of his shows received wide acclamation and popular support. Question Time, Cross Fire, JB Junction (Kairali TV) and Nammal Thammil (Asianet) gained huge attraction from the viewers. He also regularly contributes articles on socio political issues in the print media. He authored many books such as Chillujalakakkootil, Innocent Samsarikunnu, Malayalathinte Manavikatha, Sthreeparvam and Marayillathe. He also acted in Malayalam Movie “Vellivelichathil” in the title role.

2016 – 2021
Advisor to Chief Minister of Kerala
April 2021
Elected to Rajya Sabha
June – Sept. 2021
Member, Committee on Commerce
June 2021 – Jan. 2022
Member, Telephone Advisory Committee for Trivandrum, Kerala
Aug. 2021 onwards
Member, Committee on Information and Communication Technology Management in Rajya Sabha
Sept. 2021 onwards
Member, Committee on Communications and Information Technology
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