The January 31st, 2012, Nagpur edition of ""The Hitavada""
|Publisher||Purohit and Company|
|Editor||Vijay Phansikar, Nagpur|
Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru Marg, Nagpur - 12
The Hitavada (The People's Paper), is the largest selling leading broadsheet English daily newspaper of Central India. Founded in 1911 by freedom fighter Gopal Krishna Gokhale in Nagpur the newspaper was taken over by Purohit and Company, owned by Banwarilal Purohit, the former Bharatiya Janata Party BJP) MP from Nagpur. In 2011, it completed its 100 years and celebrated its centenary festival which was inaugurated by Mrs. Pratibha Patil, the President of India.
The Hitavada was started in the central Indian city of Nagpur by freedom fighter Gopal Krishna Gokhale as an independent newspaper. It was the first and the only English daily of Nagpur. In the mid 20th century, it was competed by another English daily Nagpur Times, which was later shut down due to bankruptcy. The Hitavada was in the late 20th century taken over by Banwarilal Purohit, who later became the Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha under BJP. The Hitavada, today, is the largest selling English broadsheet daily of Central India and Nagpur, though it faces a stiff competition from Indian Express, The Times of India, and Lokmat Times. It has a daily circulation of over 200000 copies across the Central India with maximum 130000 in Nagpur city alone.
Editions and supplements
The Hitavada is simultaneously published from the cities of Nagpur, Jabalpur, Raipur, and Bhopal. Every city edition carries a special supplement called City Line that deals with the local city news and engagements. The Hitavada also has regional editions:
1. Vidarbha Line, distributed outside the Metropolitan areas of Nagpur and rest of Vidarbha
2. Chattisgarh Line, distributed in Chattisgarh
3. Madhya Prades Line, distributed in Bhopal and other areas surrounding Jabalpur
The other supplements include Money (Mondays), Future (Tuesdays), Woman's World (Wednesdays), Twinkle Star (Saturdays), Insight (Sundays). It also distributes a supplement called The Knowledge Magazine in schools, especially meant for children.
- Kr̥ṣṇamūrti, Nāḍiga (1966). Indian journalism: origin, growth and development of Indian journalism from Asoka to Nehru. University of Mysore. p. 243. OCLC 1086734.
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