Hindustan Times (HT) is an Indian English-language daily newspaper founded in 1924 with roots in the Indian independence movement of the period ("Hindustan" being a historical name for Northern India).
Hindustan Times is the flagship publication of HT Media Ltd. In 2008, the newspaper reported that with a (circulation of over 1.14 million) it was certified by the Audit Bureau of Circulations ranking them as the third largest circulatory daily English newspaper in India. Indian Readership Survey (IRS) 2008, revealed that HT has a readership of (6.6 million) placing them as the second most-widely read English Newspaper in India after The Times of India. It has a wide reach in northern India (barring Southern India), with simultaneous editions from New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Lucknow, Patna, Ranchi, Bhopal and Chandigarh. The print location of Jaipur was discontinued from June 2006. HT has also launched a youth daily HT Next in 2004. The Mumbai edition was launched on 14 July 2005 and the Kolkata edition was launched on early 2000.
Other sister publications of Hindustan Times are Mint (English business daily), Hindustan (Hindi Daily), Nandan (monthly children's magazine) and Kadambani (monthly literary magazine). The media group also owns a radio channel Fever and organises an annual Luxury Conference which has featured speakers like designer Diane von Fürstenberg, shoemaker Christian Louboutin, Gucci CEO Robert Polet and Cartier MD Patrick Normand. Hindustan Times is owned by the KK Birla branch of the Birla family.
Hindustan Times was founded in 1924 by Master Sunder Singh Lyallpuri, founder-father of the Akali Movement and the Shiromani Akali Dal in Punjab. S Mangal Singh Gill (Tesildar) and S. Chanchal Singh (Jandiala, Jullundur) were made in charge of the newspaper. Pt Madan Mohan Malayia and Master Tara Singh were among the members of the Managing Committee. The Managing Chairman and Chief Patron was Master Sunder Singh Lyallpuri himself.
K. M. Panikkar was its first Editor with Devdas Gandhi (son of Mahatma Gandhi) also on the editor's panel. The opening ceremony was performed by Mahatma Gandhi on September 15, 1924. The first issue was published from Naya Bazar, Delhi (now Swami Sharda Nand Marg). It contained writings and articles from C. F. Andrews, St. Nihal Singh, Maulana Mohammad Ali, C. R. Reddy (Dr. Cattamanchi Ramalinga Reddy), T. L. Vaswani, Ruchi Ram Sahni, Bernard Haton, Harinder Nath Chattopadhyaya, Dr Saifuddin Kichlu and Rubi Waston etc.
It has its roots in the Indian independence movement of the first half of the twentieth century, and even faced the noted "Hindustan Times Contempt Case (August-November, 1941)" at Allahabad High Court . It was edited at times by many important people in India, including Devdas Gandhi (the son of Mahatma Gandhi) and Khushwant Singh. Sanjoy Narayan, has been appointed the Editor in Chief of the Paper and is due to take over in August 2008
Recently the editorial page has seen a major make-over and has been named "comment" to bring in more flexibility and some-what less seriousness to the page.
HT Mumbai has a daily lifestyle supplement (in tabloid format) called HT Cafe (now only 24 pages from Tuesday to Sunday and 16 on Mondays). Five days a week HT Cafe devotes a section (no longer a pullout) to niche subjects such as travel, health, automobiles, weekend and gizmos. It has its Education supplement called 'Horizons' on Wednesdays. The paper also comes with a magazine on Sundays called Brunch. The Mumbai Edition is managed by Mohit Ahuja, an alumnus of NMIMS, Bombay. The Resident Editor in Mumbai is Samar Halarnkar.
The Delhi-based English newspaper Hindustan Times is part of the KK Birla group and managed by Shobhana Bhartia, daughter of the industrialist KK Birla, and granddaughter of GD Birla. It is owned by HT Media Ltd. The KK Birla group at present owns 69 per cent stake in HT Media, currently valued at Rs 834 crore. When Shobhana Bhartia joined Hindustan Times in 1986, she was the first woman chief executive of a national newspaper. Shobhana has been nominated as a Rajya Sabha MP from Congress Party. Along with Hindustan Times, HT Media also owns Desimartini, Fever 104 FM, Mint (newspaper).
• Brunch: A weekly magazine, distributed every Sunday, for the last few years. Includes entries by noted columnists like Vir Sanghvi, Seema Sharma, and a cover story. This very popular feature of the newspaper also includes an interview in the end, by a famous celebrity.
• HT City: A popular daily supplement, freely distributed with the newspaper, includes commentary on lighter news, updates of happenings around the city in which it is distributed, coverage of local parties and celebrity gossip.
• HT Horizons: A supplement providing information to students across the country help in the form of sample career options, career counselling, latest campus news, psychological counselling etc.
• Vir Sanghvi- One of the most popular faces of Indian journalism, Vir Sanghvi has been the editor of Hindustan Times for the past few years. He writes two columns every Sunday, one entitled Counter Point for the main paper and "Rude Food" for Brunch, a weekly supplement.
• Karan Thapar- Currently the President of Infotainment Television and one of India's noted television commentators and interviewers, Karan Thapar writes the weekly column Sunday Sentiments.
• Manas Chakravarty- Capital market analyst for Mint. Writes weekly column Loose Canon on Sundays'
• Poonam Saxena - She is the editor of Brunch, the Hindustan Times Sunday magazine. She does a weekly TV review column, Small Screen
• Indrajit Hazra- A Novelist and a Senior Editor at Hindustan Times, Hazra writes the weekly column Red Herring.
• Sonal Kalra - An author and Editor of HT City, the daily entertainment and lifestyle supplement of Hindustan Times, Writes the weekly column A Calmer You.
• Khushwant Singh - An editorial writer whose column With Malice towards One and All appears in the Saturday edition.
• Barkha Dutt- Journalist and NDTV Group Editor. Writes a fortnightly column.