|Founded||December 25, 1962|
|Official website||Thai Rath|
Thai Rath (Thai: ไทยรัฐ, lit. Thai State) is a daily newspaper in Thai published in Bangkok and distributed nationwide. The paper is a broadsheet published with two sections. The first section is devoted to news. Although the news section is best known for its sensationalist coverage of crime and accidents, it also includes stories on Thai politics, economy and society. The second section features coverage of sport and entertainment. Thai Rath is the oldest newspaper in their native language (only Bangkok Post, the English-language daily being the oldest published newspaper in the country with a history of more than 60 years) and best-selling newspaper in Thailand, claiming a circulation in excess of 1 million copies daily.
Thai Rath was founded on 25 December 1962 by Kampol Wacharapol. Kampol had started two other newspapers, Khaopap Raiwan (Thai: ข่าวภาพรายวัน, lit. The Weekly Pictorial), which was published between 1950 and 1958, when the newspaper was shut down by the government. Following the shutdown of the newspaper, he threatened to buy Siang Ang Thong (Thai: เสียงอ่างทอง, lit. Bangkok Voice) from Mr. Laor Ketkaew, and the newspaper was published between 1 May 1959 to 25 December 1962.
Thai Rath has been the largest-selling Thai newspaper for decades.
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