According to the Registrar of Newspapers for India (RNI), newspapers and periodicals registered a 5.34 per cent growth last year but the total circulation of publications went down by 2.4 per cent during the period. The number of registered publications rose from 46,665 in 1999 to 49,145 in 2000, according to the annual report of RNI. However circulation decreased from 13,00,87,493 copies in 1999 to 12,69,63,763 in 2000.
The number of dailies rose by 4.01 per cent and periodicals by 5.54 per cent. According to the report the highest number of newspapers published in 101 languages, the maximum number were in Hindi (19,685) followed by English (7,175) and Urdu (2,848).
The Hindustan Times, with a circulation of 8,47,851 was the largest circulated single edition daily in the year followed by Hindu with a circulation of 7,79,851 and Ananda Bazar Patrika with 7,54,348.
The Times of India, with seven editions and a circulation of 16,87,099 copies, came first among the multi-edition dailies followed by Malayala Manorama’s eight editions 12,08,001 circulation and Dainik Jagaran with 11 editions circulating 11,38,035 copies.