Gulf Daily News
|Owner(s)||Al Hilal Group|
|Publisher||Al Hilal Group|
The Gulf Daily News is an English-language newspaper published in the Kingdom of Bahrain by Al Hilal Group. It is distributed locally in Bahrain. It is owned by the Al Hilal Group, which publishes 13 other newspapers and magazines, including the local Arabic newspaper Akhbar Al Khaleej. The paper, which is one of six daily newspapers in Bahrain, calls itself "The Voice of Bahrain". The name is abbreviated the GDN.
The Gulf Daily News was the first daily English newspaper to be published in Bahrain. It was founded in March 1978 by the Al Hilal Group. Until the publishing of Bahrain Tribune, the paper held the status as Bahrain's only English newspaper.
The paper was created with a focus to provide news to the English-speaking residents of Bahrain, consisting mainly of British, Americans, Filipinos, Indians and Pakistanis. The staff are a mixture of Bahrainis, British, Filipinos and Indians.
Traditionally, the Gulf Daily News was pro-government, but with the political reforms instigated after 2001, it now includes Islamists as well as liberals on its staff. The newspaper has several columnists who write regularly about local issues.
The GDN currently has some of the Persian Gulf's most widely known writers working for it, including: Bahraini Mohammed Al A'ali, Indians Sandeep Singh Grewal and Avinash Saxena.
Notable past reporters include: Indian Indira Chand, Iraqi Reem Antoon, Bahraini Amira Al Husseini, Filipino Eunice Del Rosario, British Sara Wickham, Bahraini Tariq Khonji, Indian Soman Baby, Bahraini Noor Toorani and Bahraini Mohammed Mohsen.
Reporters who have since died include American Richard Moore, Indians Vinitha Vishwanath and Sanjay Santiago and Bahraini Mohammed Aslam
The Gulf Daily News is the most prominent current Bahrain daily newspaper. The newspaper is currently owned by the Al Hilal Group. The paper is based in Bahrain with its editorial offices located at Isa Town and commercial offices in Exhibition Road.
The GDN has created a close relationship with readers and advertisers throughout the years and is the number one used form of media today for daily newspaper promotional campaigns.
The newspaper has a paid daily circulation of 11,500 copies and runs to an average of 48 colour and black and white pages each day. News content is primarily local, political and social news but the paper also features international business and social news deemed to be of interest to its readership.
In addition, the GDN has lately established an official presence on Twitter for anyone interested to follow tweets regarding headlines and further information.
The newspaper is organized in four sections:
- 1. News
- Includes International, National, Business, Sports, Weather.
- 2. Opinion
- Includes Editorials, Op-Eds and Letters to the Editor.
- 3. Features
- Includes Cinema schedules, Local events, Crossword/Games, Cartoons, Horoscopes, Channel schedules.
- 4. Classifieds
- 5. Archives
- Includes back-dated issues of the newspaper
The paper has a page size of 36 cm x 26 cm and a column width of 3.45 cm with 7 columns per page. It is printed via Web Offset and has a 100 lpi (Black & White and colour) screen