Media in Karnataka

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The Indian state of Karnataka has been a leader in electronic communications since opening the first private radio station in Mysore in 1935.


The era of Kannada newspapers in Karnataka started in 1843 when Hermann Mögling, a missionary from Basel Mission published the first Kannada newspaper called Mangalooru Samachara from Mangalore.[1] The first Kannada magazine, Mysuru Vrittanta Bodhini was started by Bhashyam Bhashyacharya in Mysore.[2] Shortly after Indian Independence in 1948, K N Guruswamy started the company, The Printers (Mysore Private Limited) and started publishing two newspapers Deccan Herald (in English) and Prajavani (in Kannada).[3][4] Times of India is the largest selling English newspaper in Karnataka.[5] Tabloids including Lankesh Patrike and Hai Bangalore Adi Jambava Jagruti emphasize controversial topics.[6] Sudharma,[7] the only daily newspaper published in Sanskrit in India is printed and distributed from Mysore.


(Dd1) was the first satellite channel to broadcast in Kannada.[8]


All India Radio has been based in Bangalore since 1955, although it originated in Mysore.[9] Radio City FM was the first private radio station in Karnataka, beginning broadcasting in 2001.


  1. ^ Shrinivas Havanur. "Herr Kannada". Online Edition of The Deccan Herald 2004-01-18. 1999 The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-08. 
  2. ^ "Kannada Literary Journalists". Kannada Writers. Kamat's Potpourri. Retrieved 2012-12-16. 
  3. ^ "Dream of a visionary". Online Edition of The Prajavani. 2005 The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd. Archived from the original on May 27, 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-08. 
  4. ^ "Times Group acquires Vijayanand Printers". Online Edition of The Times of India dated 2006-06-15. © 2007 Times Internet Limited. Retrieved 2007-06-08. 
  5. ^ Shuma Raha. "Battleground Bangalore". Online Edition of The Telegraph dated 2006-11-19. © 2006 The Telegraph. Retrieved 2007-06-08. 
  6. ^ T S Ranganna (2003-10-31). "The public should teach erring newspapers a lesson". Online Edition of The Hindu dated 2003-10-31. Chennai, India: © 2006 The Hindu. Retrieved 2007-06-08. 
  7. ^ epapertoday. "Sudharma - The only Sanskrit newspaper". Retrieved 2008-08-03. 
  8. ^ "Channel Information". Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-08. 
  9. ^ Deepa Ganesh. "Still a hot favourite at 50". The Hindu. Retrieved 12 April 2016.