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--: Biography of THE TIMES OF INDIA :--



The Times of India (TOI) is an English-language broadsheet newspaper that is widely read throughout India. It has the largest circulation among all English-language newspapers in the world, across all formats (broadsheet, tabloid, compact, Berliner and online).It is owned and managed by Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. which is owned by the Sahu Jain family. 

In 2008, the newspaper reported that (with a circulation of over 3.14 million) it was certified by the Audit Bureau of Circulations as the world's largest selling English-language daily newspaper, placing as the 8th largest selling newspaper in any language in the world. According to the Indian Readership Survey (IRS) 2010, the Times of India is the most widely read English newspaper in India with a readership of 13.4 million. This ranks the Times of India as the top English newspaper in India by readership. According to ComScore, TOI Online is the world's most-visited newspaper website with 159 million page views in May 2009, ahead of the New York Times, The Sun, Washington Post, Daily Mail and USA Today websites. 

The Times Of India was founded on November 3, 1838 as The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce, during the British Raj. Published every Saturday and Wednesday, The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce was launched as a bi-weekly edition. It contained news from Britain and the world, as well as the Subcontinent. The daily editions of the paper were started from 1850 and in 1861, the Bombay Times was renamed The Times of India. In the 19th century this newspaper company employed more than 800 people and had a sizable circulation in India and Europe. It was after India's Independence that 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 Sahu Jain group from Bijnore, UP. 


  Front page of the Mumbai edition of The Times of India 

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 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 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. 

Times Today 
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, the Navbharat Times (a Hindi-language daily broadsheet), the Maharashtra Times (a Marathi-language daily broadsheet). 

The Times is self-declared as a liberal newspaper, and is sometimes described as irreverent. 
The present management of The Times Group has been instrumental in changing the outlook of Indian journalism. In India, as is elsewhere in the world, the Editor of a newspaper has traditionally been considered as the most notable position in a newspaper set up. The Times of India, however, changed this in the early 1990s, in keeping with the management policy of treating the newspaper as just another brand in the market. The main newspaper and its many sub-editions are now run by editors who are appointed within the ranks and the company gives equal chance to everyone to occupy the editor's seat. The Times Group also places equal focus and importance to every department and function - which has made it a professional entity and ensured its place as the most profitable newspaper in the country. 

                             Times Of India First Office At Mumbai
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 January 2007, the Kannada edition was launched in Bangalore and in April 2008 the Chennai edition was launched. Their main rivals in India are The Hindu and Hindustan Times, which hold second and third position by circulation. 

       TOI press at Sahibabad 


The Times of India is printed from the following places in India: 

• Allahabad 
• Ahmedabad 
• Bhubaneswar 
• Bangalore 
• Bhopal 
• Chandigarh 
• Chennai 
• Delhi 
• Goa 
• Guwahati 
• Hyderabad 
• Indore 
• Jaipur 
• Kanpur 
• Kolkata 
• Lucknow 
• Mangalore 
• Mumbai 
• Mysore 
• Nagpur 
• Patna 
• Pune 
• Ranchi 
• Surat 

Total Average Circulation for 2008: 3,433,000 copies 

World Top Ten English Dailies (net sales) 
1. The Times of India (India): 3,433,000 
2. The Sun (UK): 3,046,000 
3. USA Today (USA): 2,293,000 
4. Daily Mail (UK): 2,194,000 
5. The Wall Street Journal (USA): 2,012,000 
6. The Daily Mirror (UK): 1,400,000 
7. The Hindu (India): 1,331,000 
8. The Hindustan Times (India): 1,189,000 
9. The Deccan Chronicle (India): 1,003,000 
10. The New York Times (USA): 1,001,000 

Source: World Press Trends 2009 (published by World Association of Newspapers) 

Indu Jain, current Chairman 
• Samir Jain, Vice-Chairman & Publisher 
• Vineet Jain, Managing Director 
• Ravi Dhariwal, CEO 
• Jug Suraiya (associate editor, columnist, "Jugular Vein," cartoonist, "Dubyaman II") 
• Swaminathan Aiyar (columnist, "Swaminomics") 
• R. K. Laxman ("You Said It" editorial cartoon, featuring the famous Common Man) 
• Bachi Karkaria, columnist, "Erratica" 
• Vinay Pandey, Editor-Online 
• Shobha De, columnist 
• Jaideep Bose, Editorial Director 
• Arindam Sen Gupta, Executive Editor 
• Dileep Padgaonkar, Former Editor, currently Consulting Editor and columnist 
• M J Akbar, Columnist, "The Siege Within" and former Editorial Team 
• Gurcharan Das, Columnist 
• K. Subrahmanyam, Columnist and Strategic Affairs commentator 
• Gautam Adhikari, former Executive Editor, Editorial Consultant 
• Russi Karanjia, assistant editor during the 1930s 
• Trivadi, columnist and humorist well known for his editorials, humor pieces, and satirical poems. 
• Chetan Bhagat, Columnist,Sunday TOI 

The Times of India comes with several city-specific supplements, such as Delhi Times, Calcutta Times, Bombay Times, Hyderabad Times, Indore Times, Kanpur Times, Lucknow Times, , Nagpur Times, Bangalore Times, Pune Times, Ahmedabad Times and Chennai Times, The Times of South Mumbai, The Times of Doon, Meerut Plus, Haridwar Plus , Bhopal Plus . Other regular supplements include: 
• Times Wellness (Saturdays) – Times Wellness focuses on solutions to health issues and guidance to better living 
• Education Times (Mondays) – Education Times caters to the ever-expanding student community and learning experience, as a career guidance, counselor and adviser. 
• Times Ascent (Wednesdays) – Editorial of Times Ascent centers on human resource development, and the impact and implications on business and society. 
• ZIG WHEELS – is an automotive website reviewing, discussing, features and interviews on Indian vehicles. 
• Times Life (Sundays) – Times Life is the supplement which is feature driven 
• What's Hot (Fridays) – Focus on latest happenings/events. Special pages created for channels and details of programmes 
• Rouge (Saturdays) – Concentrates on women's interest areas. 

Source : Wikipedia 


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