According to the annual Press in India, prepared by the Registrar of Newspaper in India (RNI), all is well with the print medium. The number of registered newspapers and periodicals in India rose from 49,145 to 51,960 in 2001, registering a growth of 5.73 per cent. The total circulation of publications in 2001 was 11,82,57,597 copies.
According to the Press in India 2002, the number of dailies increased from 5364 in 2000 to 5638 in 2001. The total circulation of daily newspapers also rose from 5,91,29,183 copies in 2000 to 5,98,73,881 in 2001.
The Press in India- 2002 was presented by the Registrar of Newspapers for India's GD Beliya to the Secretary, I&B Ministry, Pawan Chopra in Delhi yesterday.
The publication records that the total number of new newspaper registered in the year 2001 were 2824. The publication also specifies that the highest number of newspaper and periodical in any language is in Hindi (20,589), followed by English (7,596). Uttar Pradesh and Delhi publish the largest and second largest number of newspapers, 8,397 and 6,923 respectively.
According to the publication, the largest circulated Daily in India is The Hindu (with 9.37 lakh copies) and Hindustan Times is the second largest circulated daily with 9.09 lakh copies. It classifies The Times of India in 'muti-edition daily' with the highest circulation of 21.52 lakhs.