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D B Corp Ltd.

Type Public

Traded as BSE: DBCORP

Industry Media and Entertainment

Headquarters Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India

Late Ramesh Chandra Agarwal

Key people (Chairman)
Sudhir Agarwal (Managing Director)

Products Radio
Web portals

22.70 billion (US$350 million) (2015-

Operating 6.59 billion (US$100 million) (2015-
income 16)[1]

3.74 billion (US$58 million) (2015-

Net income


D B Corp Ltd., informally known as the Dainik Bhaskar Group, is Indias largest
newspaper group with 67 editions published in 4 languages, trusted by 4.4cr readers (IRS
Q4,2012) across 13 states. The major newspapers published by the group are Dainik Bhaskar
(Flagship Hindi daily), Divya Bhaskar (Gujarati daily), Dainik Divya Marathi (Marathi
daily), Saurashtra Samachar, DB Post (English daily), DB Star & DNA.

The Group also publishes 3 magazines; Aha! Zindagi (a monthly family magazine in hind),
Bal Bhaskar (Hindi magazine for kids) and Young Bhaskar (English magazine for kids) are
also published by the group.

Listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange, the group is majority-owned by the Bhopal-based
Agarwal family.


1 History

2 Newspaper presence

3 Business Expansion

4 Magazine Division

5 Radio Business

6 DB Mobile App

7 Shopping Mall

8 References

9 External links

Dainik Bhaskar was first published in Bhopal and Gwalior. The newspaper was launched in
the year 1956, tailored to the market for a Hindi-language daily. Initially named Subah
Savere in Bhopal and Good Morning India in Gwalior in 1957, the paper was later renamed
Bhaskar Samachar.

In 1958, the paper was renamed once more, taking on its current moniker, Dainik Bhaskar. In
English, the word Bhaskar means "The Rising Sun." A graphic of a rising sun accompanied
the paper's new name.

Today, Dainik Bhaskar is the most-circulated daily newspaper in India.

Newspaper presence[edit]
The Dainik Bhaskar Group's publications serve a variety of Indian states:

Dainik Bhaskar, the Group's flagship Hindi daily, serves 12 states, offering 44

Divya Bhaskar, a Gujarati daily, serves 2 states with 6 editions.

Dainik Divya Marathi, a Marathi daily, serves the state of Maharashtra, offering 8

DB Star serves 3 states with 5 editions.

DNA serves 2 states with 2 editions.

Saurashtra Samachar serves 1 state with 1 editions.

DB Post serves 1 state with 1 editions.

Among all of its publications, the Dainik Bhaskar Group serves more than 50% of India's
geographical area. The Group has a total circulation of more than 6 million copies with 53
print locations.[citation needed]

Dainik Bhaskar was declared the world's fourth largest circulated daily in 2016-2017.[2]

Business Expansion[edit]
In 1983, D B Corp Ltd. attempted to expand by launching Dainik Bhaskar, Indore edition.
This was the company's first move outside its hometown of Bhopal. Within four years,
Dainik Bhaskar had become Indore's most popular newspaper, replacing the previous
favorite, Nai Duniya. Aiming to further increase its presence in the state of Madhya Pradesh,
the Group launched newspaper editions based in Raipur, Bilaspur, Ujjain, Sagar, and Ratlam.
By 1995, Dainik Bhaskar was the most popular newspaper in Madhya Pradesh, and was
declared the Fastest-Growing Daily in India by the Readership Survey.
In 1996, Dainik Bhaskar's next goal was to enter Jaipur as the second-most circulated
newspaper on the first day it was launched, with a target circulation of 50,000. To achieve
this lofty goal, the Group set up an in-house team of 700 employees to survey of 200,000
potential newspaper-buying households in Jaipur. Based on survey feedback, they returned to
each of the surveyed households to show them a prototype of the new Dainik Bhaskar
newspaper, and to give them the option to purchase an advance subscription. These customers
were offered a subscription price of Rs.1.50 (discounted from the newsstand price of Rs. 2),
in addition to a refund in case of dissatisfaction. When Dainik Bhaskar first launched in
Jaipur on 19 December 1996, it entered the market as the most-circulated newspaper, with
172,347 copies sold. Rajasthan Patrika, which had been the most popular newspaper to that
point, had a circulation of around 100,000 at that time.[2]

Using the launch strategy that made it successful in Jaipur, Dainik Bhaskar later captured all
the major cities of Rajasthan, including Jodhpur, Bikaner, Kota, Udaipur, and Ajmer Sikar.
By 1999, it became the most popular urban newspaper in Rajasthan.

Next the Group targeted Chandigarh. It launched a customer survey in January 2000,
covering 220,000 households. At that time, the English-language newspapers in Chandigarh
sold six times as many copies as the Hindi newspapers, with The Tribune in the lead with a
circulation of approximately 50,000 copies. Dainik Bhaskar's survey revealed that people in
Chandigarh preferred English newspapers because they were of better quality. As a result, the
Group concentrated on a well-designed newspaper that incorporated the local Chandigarh
dialect in the design, mixing Hindi and English. When the new paper debuted in Chandigarh
in May 2000, it entered the market with 69,000 copies.

In June 2000, Dainik Bhaskar entered Haryana, again as the most-circulated newspaper on
launch day, with 271,000 copies.

For its fourth launch outside Madhya Pradesh, DB Corp Ltd. identified Ahmedabad, Gujarat
as the city with the highest potential. It surveyed 12,00,000 households, with a team of 1050
surveyors, 64 supervisors, 16 zonal managers, and 4 divisional managers. Nearly 4050% of
the surveyors were later absorbed in Dainik Bhaskar or Divya Bhaskar. The team was trained
to reach out to 8 lakh (800,000) households in Ahmedabad, and 4 lakh (400,000) households
in adjoining districts, within 40 days. The newspaper was launched in Ahmedabad on 23 June
2003, under the brand name Divya Bhaskar, as most-circulated newspaper with 452,000
copies sold. Within 15 months, the Group entered two more cities of Gujarat: Surat and
Vadodara. To counter this threat, the area's leading Gujarati newspapers implemented color
pages, price reductions, and several high-value customer offers. Nevertheless, by 2009,
Divya Bhaskar became the largest-circulated Gujarati daily in the area.[citation needed]

In 2006, Dainik Bhaskar launched its operations in Punjab with its Amritsar and Jalandhar
editions. Later, it further increased its presence in Punjab with the launch of editions in
Ludhiana and Bhatinda.[citation needed]

In 2010, Dainik Bhaskar entered the Jharkhand market with the launch of its Ranchi,
Jamshedpur, and Dhanbad editions. Its objective was to cover and capture the entire state of

The next year, after having launched Hindi, Gujarati, and English publications, the Group
decided to create Dainik Divya Marathi. Launched from Aurangabad, Maharashtra, this new
publication was a Marathi-language daily, focusing on the Marathwada region, where 88% of
the population speaks Marathi as its first language. Prior to its launch, the Group surveyed 1.4
lakh (140,000) households in Aurangabad. Dainik Divya Marathi became the most popular
newspaper as soon as it launched in Aurangabad. Later, the Group expanded its market in
Maharashtra with the creation of editions based in Nasik, Jalgaon, Ahmednagar, Solapur,
Akola, and Amravati.

In January 2014, Dainik Bhaskar entered the market of Bihar with the launch of its Patna
edition. Dainik Bhaskar became Patna's most popular newspaper on its first day of launch,
with 170,000 copies.[citation needed] In 2015, DB Corp launched editions based in the Bihari regions
of Muzzafarpur, Bhagalpur, and Gaya.[citation needed]

Magazine Division[edit]
DB Corp's magazine publications include:

Aha Zindagi (Live Positive magazine): A Hindi-language family magazine, published


Bal Bhaskar: A fortnightly Hindi-language magazine for school-going 7- to 12-year-

olds.[citation needed]

Young Bhaskar: A fortnightly English-language magazine, focusing on

"infotainment," that targets 7- to 12-year-olds. The DB Corp also runs a "Magazine in
Education" program, and publishes a version of Young Bhaskar for school
subscriptions. Currently, more than 600 schools are members of this program.[citation needed]

Radio Business[edit]
The Group also runs 30 radio stations across 7 states of India, under the brand name 94.3 MY
FM. This is the fifth largest radio network in India. Existing stations are based in Ahmedabad,
Ajmer, Indore, Nagpur, Amritsar, Jaipur, Jabalpur, Gwalior, Chandigarh, Jodhpur, Udaipur,
Kota, Bhopal, Bilaspur, Raipur, Surat, and Jalandhar.

The Group has recently been awarded with licenses for 13 more new stations. New stations
include Aurangabad, Nasik, Jalgaon, Sangli, Akola, Nanded, Ahmednagar, Solapur, Rajkot,
Bikaner, Hissar, and Karnal.

DB Mobile App[edit]
DB Corp also created DB Mobile App. The app delivers local news from more than 800
cities. It includes sections on Bollywood, sports, fashion, Jeevan Mantra (self-help and
astrology), business, and market updates. It also includes a "DB TV" feature for video-based
news and updates.

Shopping Mall[edit]
DB Corp owns a shopping mall in Bhopal. DB City Mall was inaugurated in 2009 and
currently it is one of the biggest shopping malls in Madhya Pradesh. DB City Mall
abbreviated from Dainik Bhaskar City mall. It is located in MP Nagar near Professional
Examination Board office, Bhopal.

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External links[edit]
Official website of D B Corp Ltd.