Print Media grows by 6.25%; Urdu at No. 3

Circulation of Urdu press was 2,16,39,230 copies in 2010-2011

By TCN News,
New Delhi: Amidst the global impression of print media losing ground, India’s federal body that registers publications says print media is growing in India by 6.25%. Both number and circulation of registered newspapers have gone up. Hindi publications lead followed by English at No. 2 and Urdu at No. 3.

The 55th Annual Report of Registrar of Newspapers for India (RNI) for 2010-11 titled “Press in India” says the percentage of growth of registered publications increased by 6.25% over the previous year (2009-2010). In the year 2010-2011, a total of 4853 new newspapers registered.

The Annual Report has highlighted key trends for the Indian press for the Year 2010- 11. The analysis provides a broad overview about the general trend of the Indian press based on the number and claimed circulation of newspapers.

--The total number of registered newspapers stood at 82,237.
--4853 New newspapers were registered during 2010- 11.
--The percentage of growth for registered publications over the previous year was 6.25%.
--RNI approved 13,229 titles for the year 2010 ending March 31st 2011.
--The largest number of newspapers and periodicals registered in any Indian language was in Hindi with a figure of 32,793. English had the second largest number of newspapers and periodicals which was 11,478.
--The total circulation of newspapers stood at 32,92,04,841 as against 30,88,16,563 copies in 2009- 10.

The number of Annual statements received in RNI for the year 2010-11 up to 15 June 2011 was 14,508 against 13,134 in 2009-10 registering an increase of 10.46%. As per the data from the Annual statements received, the highest number of newspapers were published in Hindi (7910), followed by English (1406), Urdu (938), Gujarati (761), Telugu (603), Marathi (521), Bengali (472), Tamil (272), Oriya (245), Kannada (200) and Malayalam (192).

In terms of circulation, according to the report, Hindi newspapers continued to lead with 15,54,94,770 copies followed by English with 5,53,70,184 copies. Urdu press had a figure of 2,16,39,230 copies.

Press Registrar, T. Jayaraj, RNI presented the 55th Annual Report to the Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Shri Uday Kumar Varma on 29th Dec. 2011 here in New Delhi.

Speaking on the occasion, Secretary (I&B) said, the Annual Report was a compendium of interesting data containing status of print media in the country. He said, based on previous years’ trends, a comparative analysis of different newspapers in circulation, their growth over a period of time and further comparative statements could be presented through graphs in the next year Annual Report. This would add value to the Report thereby becoming an important reference point for key stakeholders in the industry.

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