The 9th annual 50 fastest growing newspapers of India

The 50 fastest growing newspapers or at least those that are trying

The registration of periodicals will now be governed by the provisions of the PRP Act 2023 and the Press and Registration of Periodicals Rules. According to the notification, the office of Press Registrar General of India – PRGI (erstwhile Registrar of Newspapers for India - RNI) will enforce the new Act.

In a year that newspaper circulation demand has not really grown, it is again difficult to choose the 50 fastest growing daily newspapers in India. We have made our choice on the basis of very hard won and scant rather than rich information because it is an exercise largely unsupported by the industry. Our criteria are circulation instead of readership, which we believe has more or less become a hoax that even the media planners discount greatly if not ignore completely. This means ABC audited circulations as long as these are amongst the leaders in each language and even if the circulations have declined. Our 8th annual 50 fastest growing dailies of India include newspaper in 10 languages of India. These include Assamese, Bengali, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Tamil and Telugu.

In the past year, 11 out of our 50 fastest growing dailies have actually increased in circulation as far as ABC audits – Assomiya Pratidin, Andhra Jyothi, Dainik Bhaskar, Deshabhimani, Niyomiya Barta, Pokhnapham, Prabhat Khabar, The Sangai Express, The Samaya, The Hindu and Vijaya Karnataka.

From the available financial data that we have been able to gather, seven dailies (or groups) have shown an increase in turnover – The Times of India (Bennett-Coleman), Dainik Bhaskar (DB Holdings), Dainik Jagran (Jagran Prakashan), Eenadu, Rajasthan Patrika, Sandesh and Udayvani.

Other criteria include investments in new editions, supplements, editorial innovation, new plants, machinery and technology, environment-friendly investments and measures and progress in digital transition as measured by Alexa rankings both globally and nationally. These are actually very tough criteria for an industry under pressure and one which needs to monetize both print and digital subscriptions. Very few papers are trying to do this but in this year’s survey, they seem to be meeting with success.                     – Editors

Get a copy of Indian Printer and Publisher’s 9th annual issue of 50 fastest growing dailies in India at the WAN-IFRA conference in Gurgaon from 18 to 19 September 2019.

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Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. It created the category of privately owned B2B print magazines in the country. And by its diversification in packaging, (Packaging South Asia), food processing and packaging (IndiFoodBev) and health and medical supply chain and packaging (HealthTekPak), and its community activities in training, research, and conferences (Ipp Services, Training and Research) the organization continues to create platforms that demonstrate the need for quality information, data, technology insights and events.

India is a large and tough terrain and while its book publishing and commercial printing industry have recovered and are increasingly embracing digital print, the Indian newspaper industry continues to recover its credibility and circulation. The signage industry is also recovering and new technologies and audiences such as digital 3D additive printing, digital textiles, and industrial printing are coming onto our pages. Diversification is a fact of life for our readers and like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

India is one of the fastest growing economies in nominal and real terms – in a region poised for the highest change in year to year expenditure in printing equipment and consumables. Our 2024 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock – to emphasize your visibility and relevance to your customers and turn potential markets into conversations.

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