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The Times of India

The Times of India (TOI) is an Indian English-language

daily newspaper. It is the largest newspaper in India
by circulation and largest selling English-language daily
in the world according to Audit Bureau of Circulations
(India).[2][3] According to the Indian Readership Survey
(IRS) 2012, the Times of India is the most widely read
English newspaper in India with a readership of 7.643
million. This ranks the Times of India as the top English
daily in India by readership.[4]

news from Britain and the world, as well as the Indian

Subcontinent. In 1850, it began to publish daily editions.
In 1860, editor Robert Knight (18251892) bought the
Indian shareholders interests, merged with rival Bombay
Standard, and started Indias rst news agency. It wired
Times dispatches to papers across the country and became
the Indian agent for Reuters news service. In 1861, he
changed the name from the Bombay Times and Standard
to The Times of India. Knight fought for a press free of
prior restraint or intimidation, frequently resisting the attempts by governments, business interests, and cultural
spokesmen and led the paper to national prominence.[9]
In the 19th century, this newspaper company employed
more than 800 people and had a sizeable circulation in
India and Europe.

It is owned and published by Bennett, Coleman & Co.

Ltd. which is owned by the Sahu Jain family. In the
Brand Trust Report 2012, Times of India was ranked
88th among Indias most trusted brands and subsequently,
according to the Brand Trust Report 2013, Times of India was ranked 100th among Indias most trusted brands.
In 2014 however, Times of India was ranked 174th
among Indias most trusted brands according to the Brand
Trust Report 2014, a study conducted by Trust Research 1.2 Bennett & Coleman Ownership
Subsequently, The Times of India saw its ownership
change several times until 1892, when Thomas Bennett
and Frank Morris Coleman, who drowned in the 1915
1 History
sinking of the SS Persia, acquired the newspaper through
their new company, Bennet, Coleman & Co. Ltd.

1.3 Dalmiya Ownership

In 1946, they sold the company to sugar magnate Ramkrishna Dalmya, of the then-famous industrial family,
Dalmiyas, for Rs 20 million. In 1948, Dalmiya sold
the newspaper to his son-in-law Sahu Shanti Prasad Jain,
a member of the Kunal Jain group of Bijnore, Uttar
Pradesh, to pay a debt he owed to an insurance company.

1.4 Under Government of India

In the early 1960s, Jain was imprisoned on charges of selling newsprint on the black market,and the Government of
India assumed control of the newspaper replacing half of
the directors and appointing a Bombay (now Mumbai)
High Court judge as the Chairman.

Times of India Buildings, ca. 1898


1.5 Jain Family

The Times of India issued its rst edition 3 November 1838 as The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce.[7][8] The paper published Wednesdays and Saturdays under the direction of Raobahadur Narayan Dinanath Velkar, a Maharashtrian Reformist, and contained

In 1976, during the emergency in India, the government

transferred ownership of the newspaper back to Ashok
Jain (Shanti Prasads son and the father of Samir Jain and
Vineet Jain).[10]


Editions and publications

3.2 Editorial controversies

On 26 June 1975, the day after India declared a state
of emergency, the Bombay edition of The Times of
India carried an entry in its obituary column that
read D.E.M O'Cracy beloved husband of T.Ruth,
father of L.I.Bertie, brother of Faith, Hope and Justica expired on 26 June.[16] The move was a critique of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's 21-month
state of emergency, which is now widely known as
the Emergency and seen by many as a roundly
authoritarian era of Indian government.[17][18]

TOIs rst oce is opposite the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in

Mumbai where it was founded.[8]

The Times of India is published by the media group Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. The company, along with
its other group companies, known as The Times Group,
also publishes Ahmedabad Mirror; Bangalore Mirror;
Bangalore Times, Delhi Times; The Economic Times; Ei
Samay, (a Bengali daily); the Maharashtra Times, (a
Marathi-language daily broadsheet); Mumbai Mirror; the
Navbharat Times, (a Hindi-language daily broadsheet);
and Pune Mirror.
The Times of India has its markets in major cities such
as Mumbai,[11] Ahmedabad, Aurangabad, Bangalore,
Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Calicut, Chandigarh, Chennai,
Coimbatore, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore,
Jaipur, Kolhapur, Kolkata, Madurai, Patna, Puducherry,
Pune, Kochi, Lucknow, Nagpur, Nashik, Panaji, Mysore,
Hubli, Mangalore, Raipur, Ranchi, Surat, Trichy,
Trivandrum, Varanasi and Visakhapatnam.

In 1998, the summary dismissal of editor H.K. Dua

was attributed to his pursuit of an independent editorial policy that did not suit the interests of the
promoters of the group.[19] The Peoples Union for
Civil Liberties led a complaint in this matter with
Press Council of India (PCI). The PCI censured The
Times of India.[20] H.K. Dua later claimed that his
dismissal was retaliation for his refusal to comply
with Ashok Jains request to help him out of his
FERA violation case by ED, using his editorial position to build public support besides lobbying with

4 Times Group Network

Zigwheels: A website focused on cars, including reviews, road tests, and other special features.
Speaking Tree: A spiritual network intended to allow spiritual seekers to link spiritual seekers with
established practitioners.
Healthmeup: A health, diet, and tness website.



FERA Violation charges

On 3 July 1998, Ashok Kumar Jain, then Chairman

of Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd, parent company
of The Times of India was arrested in his Mumbai
residence, after 18 months of legal wrangling with
Enforcement Directorate for alleged violations of illegal transfer of funds to a tune of US$1.25 million
to an overseas account. Shortly after arrest Ashok
Jain complained of chest pain and was taken to hospital. He later went to the USA where he died 4
February 1999, following heart surgery.[12][13][14][15]
The then BJP leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee accused the
then Prime minister I. K. Gujral of shielding the Jains
due to family relations.[12]

Cricbuzz: In Nov 2014, Times Internet Acquired

Cricbuzz website. A website focused on cricket live
updated, news etc.

5 Notable employees
Samir Jain, Vice-Chairman & Publisher
Vineet Jain, MD, current Chairperson
Jug Suraiya (associate editor, columnist, Jugular
Vein, cartoonist, Dubyaman II)
Swaminathan Aiyar (columnist, Swaminomics)
R. K. Laxman (You Said It editorial cartoon, featuring the famous Common Man)
Shobha De, columnist

M J Akbar, Columnist, The Siege Within and former Editorial Team
Chetan Bhagat, Columnist, Sunday TOI

[4] Indian Readership Survey Worlds Largest Survey. 30 June 2011. Retrieved 16 October
[5] Indias Most Trusted Brands 2014. TRA. November
2013. Retrieved 2014-11-10.
[6] Samsung named Indias most trusted brand. Times of
India. 30 January 2014. Retrieved 2014-11-10.
[7] The Times of India. Encyclopdia Britannica. 15 April
2013. Retrieved 2014-11-10.
[8] The Times of India turns the Times of Colour. 30 April 2006. Retrieved 2007-10-16.
[9] Hirschmann, Edwin (2008). Robert Knight: Reforming
Editor in Victorian India. Oxford University Press. ISBN
[10] Subramanian, Samanth (1 December 2012). Supreme
Being: How Samir Jain created the modern Indian newspaper industry. Caravan. Retrieved 2014-11-10.
[11] Online Mumbai Newspaper. Mid Day. 24 April 2014.
[12] Trying times: Editorial changes in The Times of India
raise disturbing questions. India Today. 7 July 1997.
Retrieved 2014-11-10.
[13] Ashok Jain arrested. The Indian Express. 4 July 1998.
Retrieved 2013-05-18.

A set of Indian Newspapers dated February27,2015 with The

Times of India, New Delhi on display.

[14] Mahalingam, Sudha (1831 July 1998). Ashok Jain is

arrested by the Enforcement Directorate. Frontline. 15,
No. 15. ISSN 0970-1710. Retrieved 2014-11-10.
[15] A newspaper scandal: Editorial changes in The Times of
India raise disturbing questions. Fontline. 15, No. 12.
619 June 1998. Retrieved 2014-11-10.

Recent updates

In late 2006, Times Group acquired Vijayanand Printers [16] Austin, Granville (1999). Working a democratic constiLimited (VPL). VPL previously published two Kannada
tution: the Indian experience. Oxford University Press.
p. 295. ISBN 978-0195648881. (subscription required
newspapers, Vijay Karnataka and Usha Kiran, and an En(help)).
glish daily, Vijay Times. Vijay Karnataka was the leader
in the Kannada newspaper segment then.[21]
The paper launched a Chennai edition, 12 April 2008.
The papers main rivals in India are Hindustan Times, The
Indian Express and The Hindu, which are second, third,
and fourth by circulation, respectively.[22] It launched a
Kolhapur edition, February 2013.


[1] World Newspapers and Magazines: India. Retrieved 2014-11-10.


[2] Details of language wise most circulated dailies for the

audit period July-December 2013. Audit Bureau of Circulations. Retrieved 2014-11-10.
[3] National Newspapers Total Circulation. International
Federation of Audit Bureaux of Circulations (IFABC).
2011. Retrieved 2014-11-10.

[17] New book ays Indira Gandhis decision to impose

Emergency. IBN Live News. 30 May 2011. Retrieved
[18] Desai, Akshayakumar Ramanlal (17 November 1986).
Violation of Democratic Rights in India. Bombay: Popular
Prakashan. p. 208. ISBN 978-0861321308. Retrieved
[19] Mahalingam, Sudha (619 June 1998). A newspaper
scandal: Editorial changes in The Times of India raise
disturbing questions. Frontline. Retrieved 16 September
[20] Know PUCL. Peoples Union for Civil Liberties. October
2010. Retrieved 2014-11-10.
[21] Times Group acquires Vijayanand Printers. The Times
of India. 15 June 2006. Retrieved 2014-11-10.
[22] TN CM launches Chennai edition of Times of India.
The Economic Times. 13 April 2008. Retrieved 201411-10.

Further reading
Auletta, Ken: Citizens Jain Why Indias Newspaper Industry is Thriving. The New Yorker, 8 October 2012, Pages 52 to 61.
Hirschmann, Edwin. An Editor Speaks for the Natives: Robert Knight in 19th Century India, Journalism Quarterly (1986) 63#2 pp 260267

External links
Ocial website (Mobile)
The Times of India ePaper (E-Paper Digital
replica of the newspaper)
Times Syndication Service Content licensing and
syndication wing of The Times Group.



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