According to data released by the Registrar of Newspapers in its 59th Annual Report, “Press in India- 2014-15”, on the print industry, India had 1,05,443 registered publications in 2014-15. This includes 14,984 newspapers and 90,459 other periodicals. The report said that 5,817 new publications were registered during the year; a rise of 5.8 per cent over the previous year while 34 publications ceased operations during the year.
There were 42,493 publications in Hindi; the highest for any Indian language, while there were 13,661 English publications (the second highest for any language). UP had the largest number of registered publications (16,130) followed by Maharashtra (14,394).
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. In terms of circulation, the report said that Hindi publications had 25,77,61,985 copies, English publications had a reported circulation of 6,26,62,670, while Urdu publications reported a circulation of 4,12,73,949.
The largest circulated daily was ‘Anand Bazaar Patrika’ with 11,78,779 copies. The Delhi edition of Hindustan Times (English) was the second largest circulated daily with 10,18,367 copies.
The largest circulated Hindi Daily was the “Punjab Kesari”, Jallandar with 7,42,190 copies. The largest circulated multi-edition daily was “The Times of India”, English, (33 editions) with 46,30,200 copies. The second largest circulated multi-edition daily was the “Dainik Bhaskar”, Hindi, (34 editions) with 36,94,385 copies. The largest circulated periodical was “The Sunday Times of India”, (English/Weekly edition, Delhi) with 8,85,201 copies. The largest circulated periodical in Hindi was the “Sunday Navbharat Times”, Weekly edition, Mumbai with 7,04,257 copies.
The Annual Report “Press in India- 2014-15” was prepared on the basis of analysis of annual statements filed by the registered publications. It was launched today in New Delhi by Arun Jaitley, Minister of Information & Broadcasting, Finance and Corporate Affairs and Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore, Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting. The registered publications were required to file annual statements giving details including circulation figures under the Press & Registration of Books Act 1867. The report provided broad analysis of the general trend of the Indian press based on the claimed circulation.