In­dia’s Undy­ing Print Habit

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Ac­cord­ing to num­bers re­leased on De­cem­ber 15, the news­pa­per in­dus­try in In­dia, un­like in many parts of the world, is in rude health. New publi­ca­tions are still open­ing in their thousands, while few are shut­ting down. The en­cour­ag­ing news, for those who still be­lieve in print, whether as read­ers or jour­nal­ists, was de­liv­ered by the Reg­is­trar of News­pa­pers for In­dia in its an­nual pub­li­ca­tion, ‘Press in In­dia’.

114,820

Reg­is­tered publi­ca­tions in In­dia; 16,993 dailies or out a few times a week; 97,827 pe­ri­od­i­cals

46,587

Hindi publi­ca­tions, high­est of any lan­guage in In­dia, with to­tal cir­cu­la­tion of nearly 240 mil­lion

1,116,428

Largest daily cir­cu­la­tion in In­dia—Ananda Bazar Pa­trika, Ben­gali, Kolkata

4,007

New publi­ca­tions reg­is­tered from 2016 up to March 31, 2017, up 3.6% from the pre­vi­ous year

14,365

English publi­ca­tions, sec­ond only to Hindi, with cir­cu­la­tion of 57 mil­lion, fol­lowed by Urdu publi­ca­tions with over 32 mil­lion

38

Publi­ca­tions shut down in the same pe­riod

17,736

Reg­is­tered publi­ca­tions in Ut­tar Pradesh, high­est of all states; Ma­ha­rash­tra (15,673) is sec­ond

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