Total claimed circulation of registered publications was 48.8 cr in 2016-17: RNI

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MUMBAI: The total claimed circulation of 1,14,820 registered publications in India was a whopping 48.8 crore in 2016-17, as per the “Press in India 2016-17” report released by the Registrar of Newspapers for India (RNI).

As per the report, 4007 new publications registered in 2016-17 while 38 publications ceased during the year.

Hindi publications had the highest circulation at 23.89 crore followed by English publications (5.65 crore) and Urdu publications (3.24 crore).

The largest circulated daily is Bengali daily Ananda Bazar Patrika with a circulation of 11.16 lakh followed by Delhi edition of The Times of India with a circulation of 9.56 lakh.

The largest circulated Hindi Daily was Jalandhar edition of Punjab Kesari. The largest circulated multi-edition daily was Dainik Bhaskar with 46 editions and a circulation of 47.36 lakh, followed by The Times of India with 33 editions and a circulation of 42.68 lakh.

The largest circulated periodical was The Sunday Times of India, weekly edition, Delhi. The largest circulated periodical in Malayalam was Vanitha, fortnightly edition, Kottayam.

The total number of publications comprised 16,993 in newspaper category (daily, tri-bi-weekly) and 97,827 periodicals. Uttar Pradesh, with 17,736 publications, topped the list of states with registered publications, followed by Maharashtra (15,673). The largest number of publications registered in any language was Hindi (46,587), followed by English (14,365).

Speaking on the occasion, Irani said, the publication was an important document to map the progress of the Indian newspaper industry in the last one year. The report gave a comprehensive analysis of the contours of the growth for the industry specially the growth amongst regional language publications.

She further said that in this digital era the report has a seminal importance and assumes importance for the student community as well. She emphasized on the need to release this report digitally. She suggested that data in the report should be categorized genre wise. She said that data on publications in Regional language should be analysed, for its growth and dispersal.

RNI is mandated under Section 19 (G) of the PRB Act, 1867 to submit an Annual Report to the Government every year on or before 31st December.

The Report is a compilation of the data available with RNI and the details submitted in the Annual Statements filed online by the publications across the country for the Financial year 2016-17. Press in India presents an indicative picture of facts and trends in the Indian Print Media. The report is of keen interest to print media, media analysts and research scholars.


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