Newspaper circulation in India maintained its upward trend clocking a growth of over eight per cent in 2010-11 with regional language dailies accounting for a significant rise,despite uncertainty faced by the print industry in the West.
Circulation of newspapers in the country grew by 8.23 per cent in 2010-11,as per the 55th Annual report of the Registrar of Newspapers for India (RNI).
As many as 3671 newspapers were published from Uttar Pradesh followed by Delhi with 1933 and Madhya Pradesh with 1243 newspapers,it said.
In terms of circulation,UP topped the table with more than 6.97 crore copies. Delhi followed with a circulation of 5.27 crore and Maharashtra retained the third position with over 2.9 crore copies.
The report also said the past year witnessed a significant growth of regional newspapers in vernacular languages.
Regional newspapers are venturing out to bring editions from other cities where there is a sizeable population of the respective language, RNI said in its report.
During 2010-11,the highest number of newspapers published were in Hindi (7910) followed by English (1406) and Urdu (938). Other regional languages include Gujarati (761),Telugu (603),Marathi (521) and Bengali (472),it said.
Telugu daily ‘Eenadu’ published from Hyderabad claimed to be the largest circulated single edition paper with 16,74,305
copies per publishing day followed by Chennai based-The Hindu with a circulation of 14,82,658 copies per day.
Bengali daily Ananda Bazar Patrika from Kolkata held the third position.
With a combined readership claim of its 12 editions reaching 37,46,929 copies,Times of India was the leader among multi-edition dailies,the RNI report said. ‘Eenadu’ and Hindi daily ‘Dainik Bhaskar’ stood second and third in terms of highest multi-edition readership.
Among periodicals,The Hindu Weekly published from Chennai had the maximum circulation.
In the year 2010-11,there were also 603 bilingual and 78 multi-lingual papers. Of the English language newspapers,728 out of 1,406 were being brought out from the four metropolitan cities,the report said.
State capitals and other prominent towns also scored with 21 cities being publishing bases for over 100 newspapers.
In smaller towns like Meerut,193 newspapers were published,Gorakhpur (108) and Jammu (107) — compete in this list with state capitals and Union Territories.
A majority of newspapers on its rolls were owned by individuals,the report said. Out of the 14,508 newspapers,as many as 11,775 were owned by individuals. Such newspapers also had the largest share in circulation with over 56.59 per cent of the market pie.
Of the rest,1767 were owned by joint stock companies,361 by societies and associations,290 by trusts,219 by firms and partnerships.
66 newspapers were brought out by the Central and state governments. Co-operative societies,educational institutions and others owned another 30 publications,the report added.