Times of India
English-language daily newspaper. According to Audit Bureau of Circulations, it has the largest circulation among all English-language newspapers in the world, across all formats (broadsheet, tabloid, compact, Berliner and online). In 2008, the newspaper reported that (with a circulation of over 3. 14 million) it was certified by the Audit Bureau of Circulations (India) as the world’s largest selling English-language daily, ranking it as the 3rd largest selling newspaper in any language in the world.
World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers. According to the Indian Readership Survey (IRS) 2012, the Times of India is the most widely read English newspaper in India with a readership of 76. 43 lakhs (7. 643 million). This ranks the Times of India as the top English daily in India by readership. It is owned and published by Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. which is owned by the Sahu Jain family. HISTORY OF THE INDUSTRY The Times Of India was founded on 3 November 1838 as The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce In Bombay, during an intermediate period between the Mughal and British Raj.
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Published every Saturday and Wednesday, The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce was launched as a semi-weekly edition by Raobahadur Narayan Dinanath Velkar, a Maharashtrian Reformist. It contained news from Britain and the world, as well as the Indian Subcontinent. The daily editions of the paper were started from 1850 and in 1861, the Bombay Times was renamed as The Times of India after amalgamation of three more newspapers. In the 19th century, this newspaper company employed more than 800 people and had a sizeable circulation in India and Europe.
After India’s independence the ownership of the paper passed on to the then famous industrial family of Dalmiyas and later it was taken over by Sahu Shanti Prasad Jain of the Kunal Jain group from Bijnore, UP. India’s press in the 1840s was a motley collection of small-circulation daily or weekly sheets printed on rickety presses. Few extended beyond their small communities and seldom tried to unite the many castes, tribes, and regional subcultures of India. The Anglo-Indian papers promoted purely British interests. Robert Knight (1825–1892) was the principal founder and the first editor of the
Times. The son of a London bank clerk from the lower-middle-class, Knight proved a skilled writer and passionate reformer. Knight helped create a vibrant national newspaper industry in British India. When the Sepoy Mutiny erupted, Knight was acting editor of the Bombay Times and Standard. He broke with the rest of the English language press (which focused on Indian savagery and treachery) and instead blamed the violence on the lack of discipline and poor leadership in the army. That angered the Anglo-Indian community but attracted the Times’s Indian shareholders, who made him the permanent editor.
Knight blasted the mismanagement and greed of the Raj, attacking annexation policies that appropriated native lands and arbitrarily imposed taxes on previously exempt land titles, ridiculing income taxes, and exposing school systems that disregarded Indian customs and needs. Knight led the paper to national prominence. In 1860, he bought out the Indian shareholders and merged with the rival Bombay Standard, and started India’s first news agency. It wired Times dispatches to papers across the country and became the Indian agent for Reuters news service. In 1861, he changed the name from the Bombay Times and Standard to The Times of India.
Knight fought for a press free of prior restraint or intimidation, frequently resisting the attempts by governments, business interests, and cultural spokesmen The Times of India is published by the media group Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. This company, along with its other group companies, known as The Times Group, also publishes The Economic Times, Mumbai Mirror, Pune Mirror, Bangalore Mirror, Ahmedabad Mirror, the Navbharat Times (a Hindi-language daily broadsheet), the Maharashtra Times (a Marathi-language daily broadsheet) and Ei Samay (a Bengali daily).
In late 2006, Times Group acquired Vijayanand Printers Limited (VPL). VPL used to publish two Kannada newspapers, Vijay Karnataka and Usha Kiran, and an English daily, Vijay Times. Vijay Karnataka was the leader in the Kannada newspaper segment then. In April 2008, the Chennai edition was launched. The paper’s main rivals in India are Hindustan Times and The Hindu, which hold second and third position by circulation. In Feb 2013, the Kolhapur edition was launched. EDITIONS
The Times of India has its markets in major cities Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Coimbatore,Madurai,Patna, Pune, Kochi, Lucknow, Nagpur, Nashik, Goa,Mysore, Hubli, Mangalore, Bhubaneswar, Visakhapatnam, Chandigarh, Raipur, Ranchi, Guwahati, Trivandrum, Aurangabad & Kolhapur. TIMES GROUP NETWORK Zigwheels: ZigWheels brings to its visitors reviews, road tests, technology, tools and tips, as well as special features on cars and bikes. It features easy-to-use widgets such as the new car & bike prices, Resale value of used cars, information on dealerships across cities and best deals.
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