While the fall in newspaper readership in India is being disputed, Deccan Chronicle (DC) has announced the closure of its Bengaluru and Kerala editions on December 27, 2019. The two states account for more than 50 percent of the newspaper's revenue.
The announcement came a day after the paper's publisher DC Editions said that due to "challenging market conditions" they were forced to reduce their workforce by 15 percent across the board. Only the Delhi edition will remain operational as it generates enough revenue to cover its costs without any outside help.
A report in The Times of India says that the number of daily newspapers published in India has dropped from 1,081 in 2001 to 714 in 2016. The decline is mainly due to non-payment of salaries and printing bills forcing many papers to close down.
India's media industry is one of the most inefficient in the world with a cost per newspaper unit of about $140,000 according to estimates by the University of Delaware.
Indian newspapers have been losing readers for quite some time now. In 2001, there were around 300 newspapers published in India; today this number is less than 250. Majority of these papers are owned by large conglomerates with which they share staff members.
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Vijaya Karnataka was the leading Kannada publication from December 2019 to March 2020, according to the Indian Readership Survey. During the survey period, the newspaper had the greatest viewership with over eight million readers, followed by Vijayavani and Prajavani, each with over seven million readers. The survey results were released by PRS India.
Karnataka Rajyadarpatha was the first ever Kannada daily published from Bangalore on 15 August 1908. It has been credited with pioneering the modern-style journalism in India. Today, it is one of the largest circulated newspapers in Karnataka with an average circulation of more than 1.5 million copies.
The newspaper was started by Chitra Krishnaswami Iyer, who also wrote many books on women's issues in the early 20th century. She had a weekly magazine called Karnataka Rajya Darpan which was published from 1907 to 1913. After her death, her husband S. Krishna Swamy took over the paper and renamed it as Karnataka Rajya Darpan in 1908. He also wrote articles for it and also interviewed famous people like Mahatma Gandhi and Sir Arthur C. Clarke.
Karnataka Rajyadarpatha became the first Kannada newspaper to be published from Bangalore in 1908.
Choose an image or text that best suits your needs. You can also save it as a PDF to read later. THG Publishing Private Limited in Chennai, India, publishes The Hindu, India's national newspaper since 1878. The English language on a daily basis is best described as both classic and current. It includes international news coverage and essays on many topics including science, history, religion, politics and culture.
The Hindu is one of the oldest newspapers in India. It was started by Rangaraya Iyer in the year 1878. In 1915, his son Srinivasa Iyer took over the paper and changed its name to The Hindu. In 1969, The Hindu founded The Hindu Group which now operates several publications including The Times of India and Financial Express.
In addition to being one of the most popular newspapers in India, The Hindu is also one of the largest publishers in the country with editions in every state and union territory. It has been ranked number one in quality journalism by the Press Council of India for seven years in a row from 1998-2005 and again in 2008.
The Hindu is published in tabloid format with a total width of 170 mm and height of 250 mm. It has 16 pages with each page having a width of 30 mm and length of 22.5 mm. The paper is printed in black and white using Thomson Reuters digital presses and is distributed throughout the country through over 7500 outlets including shops, offices and distribution centers.
Living Media India Limited publishes India Today, a weekly English-language news magazine in India. With a circulation of about 8 million, it is India's most widely distributed magazine. Launched on August 15, 1970, by Living Media Corporation Ltd., the magazine focuses on international affairs, politics, business, entertainment, culture, lifestyle and sports.
India Today has been described as "the bible of the Indian elite" and is regarded as a serious source of information for readers across political parties, religions, and classes.
The magazine was first published as a supplement to The Times of India newspaper. It is now printed separately at several locations throughout India. A new design is released every week along with the magazine's new cover story.
India Today has won more than 20 awards from different organizations including ITP Award for Best Magazine (1992), Press Information Agency Award for Best Feature Magazine (1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004) and Reader's Favorite Award for Best News Magazine (2005).
In addition to its weekly edition, India Today also publishes special issues focused on various subjects such as science, technology, education, environment, women's issues, etc.