India has a whopping 1,05,443 registered publications of which 14,984 fall under the ‘newspaper’ category while 90,459 are ‘periodicals’, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Arun Jaitley said on Tuesday.
Releasing the 59th annual report on print media titled ‘Press In India 2014-15’ prepared by the Registrar of Newspapers for India, Jaitley informed that maximum publications were in the Hindi language (42,493) followed by English (13,661).
Among the states, Uttar Pradesh has the most publications at 16,130, followed by Maharashtra (14,394).
All publications together reached out to 51,05,21,445 readers with Hindi topping the chart at 25,77,61,985 subscribers and English coming in at second (6,26,62,670) followed by Urdu (4,12,73,949).
The minister further said 5,817 new publications were registered in 2014-15 – a growth of 5.80 per cent over the previous year while 34 ceased to exist.
Among the largest dailies, ‘AnandaBazar Patrika’ printed in Bengali claimed the top spot with a circulation of 11,78,779 and Hindustan Times (English) was the second largest daily with 10,18,367 readers.
The largest circulated Hindi daily was ‘Punjab Kesari’ with 7,42,190 readers.
With a massive readership of 46,30,200, ‘The Times of India’ was the largest circulated multi-edition English daily and ‘Dainik Bhaskar’ was adjudged the largest Hindi multi-edition daily with 36,94,385 readers.
In 2014-15, the government received 20,217 titles of which 13,492 were approved while 7,819 were deblocked.
Speaking at the release of the report, Jaitley said the dividing line between facts and opinions had become “very blurred” and print media has an opportunity to bring clear facts to the reader, amidst explosion of electronic media.
“In today’s age, consumer of news has to discern the truth from differing viewpoints and versions of news. Magazine journalism has to be given a new form and life,” Jaitley said.