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The Top Most Widely Read Newspapers in India
chillibreeze writer — Sangeeta Manocha
This article was published in 2010 and the data pertains to 2010.
How do you like your newspaper? Early in the morning, with your morning cuppa, while you relax in the living room? After you, your spouse takes it up; then, perhaps, your child. That would mean, for one printed copy, there are three readers in the house.
How does one decide a newspaper’s popularity? A newspaper might be printing and circulating the highest number of copies, but its readers may be limited. On the second hand, take a morning walk in the old town lanes, find that corner tea stall, and you see the auto driver, the retired clerk, the electrician, the roadside romeo… all sharing the local newspaper, animatedly discussing the news over loud sips of hot chai! One newspaper, but at least ten readers!
The Top 10 Newspapers in India by Circulation
The Indian print media is one of the largest in the world, The Times of India being the 8th most circulated newspaper in the world. With a daily circulation of 3.146 millions, TOI tops the list of the best newspapers in India, followed closely by local language papers. While Hindi dailies Dainik Bhaskar (2.547 million) and Dainik Jagran (2.168 million) compete for the second and third place respectively, the Malayala Manorama stands fourth with a daily circulation of 1.514 million.
Circulation of the newspapers is certified by the Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC). The list of the Top 10 Newspapers in India is compiled by the ABC according to the circulation of the dailies.
Top 10 Indian Newspapers in English
The most widely read newspapers in India are mostly printed in the local languages. Nonetheless, English newspaper The Times of India (TOI) tops the list when it comes to circulation. The highest read English daily TOI clearly leads the list with a readership of 13.447 million, beating its nearest rival Hindustan Times (HT) (readership 6.254 million) by a staggering margin.
HT surprisingly topped the list in Delhi/NCR region, leaving TOI far behind. Interestingly, HT is known as the 'fastest growing English Daily'.
The Top 10 Most-Read Dailies in India
Dainik Jagran: Dainik Jagran is the most widely read newspaper of India, with a readership of 54.3 millions (IRS 2010, R1). Third by circulation, the Hindi daily is published by Jagran Prakashan Ltd with 37 editions across 11 states. The daily circulation of Dainik Jagran is 2.168 million, as per Audit bureau of Circulation (ABC).
Dainik Bhaskar: The second largest read newspaper in India, Dainik Bhaskar is the leading Hindi daily by circulation. Published by D B Corp Ltd, Dainik Bhaskar covers nine states across India, with 27 editions, as well as an online edition. Its daily circulation is 2.547 millions (ABC), and the readership 44.9 millions, as per the 2009 readership survey.
Amar Ujala: A readership of 28.720 million makes Amar Ujala the fourth most read newspaper in India. With 15 editions, the newspaper very popular in North India and has a circulation of 1.230 million.
Hindustan: With a readership of 29.411 million and daily circulation of 29.411 million, it is the third widely read newspaper of India. A subsidiary of HT Media Ltd, Hindustan has 13 editions across several states.
Lokmat: The Marathi daily has a readership of 23.276 millions, and is the fifth most read newspaper in the country and highest selling daily in Maharashtra. It is owned by the Lokmat group.
Daily Thanthi / Dina Thanthi: The leading Tamil daily is owned by Mr. Sivanthi Athithan, and has 14 editions across Tamil Nadu and neighboring cities. Daily Thanthi has a circulation of 0.854 million and a readership of 20.305 million.
Dinakaran: With a circulation of 0.901 million and a readership of 16.741 million, Dinakaran is another leading Tamil daily. Apart from Tamil Nadu and a few neighboring cities, Dinakaran also runs from Delhi and Mumbai.
Eenadu: Owned by Ramoji group, Eenadu is the largest circulated newspaper in Andhra Pradesh. A circulation of 1.35 million and a readership of 14.726 makes it the 9th most read daily in India.
Rajasthan Patrika: A Hindi language newspaper from Rajasthan, Rajasthan Patrika enjoys the 10th highest readership of 14.205 million in India.
Malayala Manorama: With a circulation base of 1.514 million, this is the fourth highest circulated newspaper in India. Published from Kochi by the Manorama Group of newspapers, the Malayala Manorama is read by more than 16 million readers across Kerala.
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