The Times of India (TOI) is an English-language daily newspaper published in India and a digital news platform owned and operated by The Times Group. It is India's third-biggest circulation newspaper and the world's largest selling English-language daily.
It has offices in all major cities in India and publishes from Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Pune, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Cochin, Chennai, Lucknow, Varanasi, Visakhapatnam, Guwahati and Kochi. The Times Group also owns two smaller Indian newspapers, the Hindu and the Hindu Business Line.
The Times Group was founded in 1857 by S. Satyamurtya Vedantin who established the Hindustan Times. In 1969, the Hindustan Times merged with The Bombay Daily News to form The Times of India. In 2001, The Times Group acquired a 60% stake in the German newspaper Der Spiegel for $150 million.
So, The Times of India is one of the oldest newspapers in the world. Today, it is believed that around 70% of its readers are in India while 30% come from other countries including Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Nepal.
List of English-language Indian newspapers
The Times of India has been named the world's most widely read English newspaper on a daily basis. TOI is unquestionably the nation's newspaper, with an astounding circulation of over 76.43 lakh. It is also one of the most trusted newspapers in India.
It has emerged as the leader in its category due to its high-quality journalism and extensive coverage from all across the country, particularly from the major cities. The newspaper has pioneered the concept of "city atlas" that covers every nook and corner of a city in great detail. It has also won several awards for its editorial policy and advertising campaign.
TOI was started on May 10, 1924, by M.K. Gandhi and his wife, Natalija Gandia, while they were still living in South Africa. They wanted a publication that would cater to the needs of Indians in this part of the world and thus created a newspaper that could act as a voice of Indian opinion. The paper was initially published from Cape Town, but was soon moved to London after the death of M.K. Gandhi. In 1949, the management decided to close down the newspaper in order to focus on other activities of the non-profit organization set up by M.K. Gandhi called "The National Peace Council".
The TOI appeals to me because of its high-quality, well-balanced journalistic material. The news presentation is incredibly professional and well-organized. Its city supplements, such as the Delhi Times, are far more enticing than those provided by other newspapers. Also, I like that it is a complete newspaper with features, crosswords, sports, and entertainment sections.
Another reason why so many people read The Times of India is due to its wide distribution network. There are several thousand copies delivered to homes in Delhi every day. In addition, there are over 300 digital news sites around the world that republish articles from the paper. Thus, even if you cannot read it at home, someone somewhere can!
Last but not the least reason is its affordability. A single copy of today's edition costs only Rs 10 (about $0.15). For such a small amount, you get a full-color printed page with quality content written by some of the best journalists in the industry.
Delhi has been ranked number one in terms of income disparity. With a GDP of $57 billion, Delhi ranks just behind Shanghai and Hong Kong. However, it ranks first in terms of absolute poverty - one out of every four residents lives below the poverty line with less than $2 a day.
Almost half of Delhi's population is under the age of eighteen.
The Hindustan Times The Times of India is the largest English newspaper in India, with 2.14 million copies sold daily. The Dainik Jagran is the most-read local-language (Hindi) daily, with 21.2 million readers, according to the 2006 National Readership Study. It was followed by Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd's Dainik Bhaskar, with 9.5 million readers.
Other major newspapers include Maharashtra Times, Punjabee News, Deccan Herald, and Navbharat Times.
The Economic Times is an Indian business newspaper that has been called "the Financial Times of India" for its influence in the financial sector. It is known for its extensive coverage of finance, business, and other economic issues.
It was launched on 16 February 1982, and is published by The Economic Times Group. The first issue came out from Bombay (now Mumbai)
In 2013, it had a circulation of 1,957,000 copies, of which 1,200,000 were in print and 856,000 were digital only.
It is based in Mumbai, but also reports from around the world. The ET provides news, analysis, opinion pieces on various topics related to economics, business, technology, and politics.
India's Best English Newspaper
The Hindustan Times, published by HT Media Ltd., has emerged as the most read daily in India's two largest markets, Delhi and Mumbai, in terms of advertising and the number of English-language readers. The latter is Mumbai's most popular newspaper, having 1.16 million subscribers versus the Hindustan Times' 830,000. The Economic Times is second with 710,000 subscribers.
The newspaper was founded in 1875 by Sir David Scott, who also founded The Guardian in London. It originally focused on news from across the Indian subcontinent but now covers news from all over the world too.
In addition to being one of the oldest newspapers in Asia, it is also credited with bringing about the "British Invasion" of Bombay (now known as Mumbai) when it launched its weekly edition in 1900. This gave rise to many other magazines and journals that came out every week until then; most of them are now defunct.
Today, the Hindustan Times is published in six languages: Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu and English. It has offices in more than 20 cities across India and abroad.
The paper is owned by the Bharti Group, which also owns the Bharti Telecommunication company. Its chairman is Sunil Bharti Mittal.