Print media recorded 5.8 pc growth in 2014-15: RNI report

New Delhi: Print media in India recorded a 5.8 per cent growth in 2014-15, with 5,817 new publications getting registered during the year, taking the total number up to 1,05,443.

The largest number of newspapers and periodicals registered in any Indian language are in Hindi with a figure of 42,493 publications followed by English with 13,661 registered publications.

According to 'Press in India 2014-15' report of the Registrar of Newspapers in India (RNI) which was released by Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley today, of the total publications, 14,984 are in the newspaper category (which includes bi-tri weeklies) while, 90,459 are periodicals.

34 publications ceased during 2014-15, as per the report. It said the state-wise analysis shows that Uttar Pradesh leads with 16,130 publications while Maharashtra (14,394 publications) and Delhi (12,177 publications) are placed second and third.

The total 'claimed' circulation of publications stood at 51,05,21,445 in 2014-15 as against 45,05,86,212 copies per publishing day in 2013-14.

Circulation-wise, Hindi Publications continued to lead with 25,77,61,985 copies per publishing day followed by English with 6,26,62,670 copies and Urdu with 4,12,73,949 copies per publishing day.

The largest circulated newspaper is the Kolkata edition of the Bengali daily 'Ananda Bazar Patrika' with a claimed circulation of 11,78,779.

Hindustan Times Delhi edition is the second largest, as per the report. The largest circulated Hindi Daily is 'Punjab Kesari' (Jallandar) with a circulation of 7,42,190. The largest circulated multi­edition daily is 'The Times of India' (English, with 33 editions). The second largest circulated multi­edition daily is 'Dainik Bhaskar' (Hindi - 34 editions).

The largest circulated periodical is 'The Sunday Times of India' (English), Weekly edition, Delhi, as per the report. The largest circulated periodical in Hindi is 'Sunday Navbharat Times' weekly edition, Mumbai.

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