|Type of business||Private limited media company|
Type of site
|Founded||January 14, 2001|
|Key people||Walter Nandalike (Managing Director)|
|Industry||e-paper, online news|
|Products||News & Information|
|Alexa rank||19,792 (April 2014[update])|
|Launched||January 14, 2001|
Daijiworld Media is an Indian private limited media company, headquartered in Mangalore, that provides news services, including the web portal, www.daijiworld.com. It was founded by Walter Nandalike, as www.daijidubai.com on January 14, 2001, primarily with the objective of relaying news from the Coastal Konkan region of India. It was later renamed as www.daijiworld.com, and established as a media company in 2007.
Daijiworld has currently a daily viewership of around 450,000 visitors from around 180 countries, of which 40% of them are Non-resident Indian (NRI) Mangaloreans. The portal contains a variety of columns ranging from daily news, events, special columns, cookery, and other information covering Mangalore, Coastal Karnataka, Goa, Mumbai, and Middle-Eastern countries, apart from national news from authorized agencies. Daijiworld runs Daijiworld 24X7 TV channel, which was launched on May 9 as test transmission, telecast from June 16, 2014 across coastal Karnataka through cable network and set-up boxes. The TV channel is also available on internet (www.daijiworld247.com) and also in Android and IOS app formats. It also publishes an English weekly named Daijiworld Weekly.
Daijiworld Media was a result of an April Fools' Day prank by Walter Nandalike, the Editor-in-chief of the portal. He had migrated to the Gulf for employment, with no knowledge of computers. Having learnt about computers, he sent his first E-mail to his friends on April 1, 2000 saying that he was hosting a site on the Internet, which was meant to be a joke for April Fools' Day. His friends took him seriously and started inquiring about the site. Surprised by the levels of interest, Walter started thinking seriously about the project. He learnt computers thoroughly, and eight months later on January 14, 2001, launched www.daijidubai.com, primarily with the objective of hosting information and news pertaining to Konkani language and society. The portal is now known as www.daijiworld.com Daiji in Konkani means "relation", and the portal was started by Walter and a group of writers of the Daiji Dubai Writers Forum with a view to promote and spread awareness of culture and tradition.
In May 2005, the portal had been ranked 30,714, among the estimated 60 million websites in India by ranking.com, a premier web monitoring agency. In March 2007, it established itself as a media company under the banner of "Daijiworld Media Pvt Ltd". In order to cater to the increasing demand for news from India by the NRIs, an exclusive office was opened in Kankanady, Mangalore with 40 correspondents spread across the twin districts of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi. On July 18, 2008, Daijiworld took a step further and inaugurated its Udupi office. In May 2009, Daijiworld launched an English weekly tabloid named Daijiworld Weekly, promoted under the banner of a new company namely "Daijiworld Publications Pvt Ltd".
In May 2014, Daijiworld moved to its own corporate office located at Bondel, Mangalore. Daijiworld Television was also launched at the same time. On September 10, 2015, Daijiworld launched its fourth venture, Daijiworld Audio-Visual Studio. In May 2016, Daijiworld Udupi franchise moved to new premises, in addition to setting up of its television studio.
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