List of newspapers in India by readership

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This is a list of the newspapers in India by readership according to the Indian Readership Survey (IRS).


These figures are compiled by media Research Users Council (MRUC) in the Indian Readership Survey (IRS). IRS 2013 data is based on sample survey and is modelled on internationally accepted annual sample spread. The IRS is the largest continuous readership research study in the world with an annual sample size exceeding 2.56 lakh respondents.

The methodology for IRS 2013 was criticized by 18 top media houses in India, including Jagran, Bhaskar, India Today, Ananda Bazar Patrika, Lokmat, Outlook, Daily News and Analysis (DNA), Sakshi, The Hindu, The Times of India, Amar Ujala, The Tribune, Bartaman Patrika, Aaj Samaj, The Statesman, Mid Day, Nai Duniya and Dinakaran. The media houses rubbished the IRS report for 2013, calling it badly flawed. They pointed out that there were major anamolies in the findings. For example, the Chennai-based Hindu Business Line had thrice as many readers in Manipur as in Chennai according to the IRS. There were wild swings in the readership data from the previous survey; e.g. every major newspaper in Andhra Pradesh had lost readers by 30% to 65%.[1]

List of newspapers[edit]

Newspaper Language City Daily Readership, IRS 2013[2]
(in million)
1 Dainik Jagran
(दैनिक जागरण)
Hindi Various cities and states 15.527 Owned by Jagran Prakashan Ltd.
2 Hindustan
Hindi Various cities and states 14.246 Owned by Hindustan Media Ventures Ltd. which is owned by HT Media Ltd
3 Dainik Bhaskar
(दैनिक भास्कर)
Hindi Various cities and states 12.857 Owned by D B Corp Ltd.
4 Malayala Manorama
(മലയാള മനോരമ)
Malayalam 10 cities in Kerala, Bangalore, Mangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, Dubai, and Bahrain 8.565 Owned by Malayala Manorama Company Ltd.
5 Daily Thanthi
Tamil Various cities in Tamil Nadu, Bangalore, Pondicherry, Mumbai and Dubai 8.156 Founded by S. P. Adithanar
6 Rajasthan Patrika Hindi Various cities and states 7.665 Owned by Rajasthan Patrika Pvt. Ltd.
7 Times of India English Various cities and states 7.254 Owned by Bennett, Coleman and Co. Ltd.
8 Amar Ujala Hindi Various cities and states 7.071 Owned by Amar_Ujala
9 Mathrubhumi
Malayalam 10 Cities in Kerala, Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai, and New Delhi 6.136 Owned by The Mathrubhumi Group
10 Lokmat Marathi Various cities of Maharashtra and Goa 5.601 Owned by Lokmat Media Limited
11 Ananda Bazar Patrika
(আনন্দবাজার পত্রিকা)
Bengali All over West Bengal, Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, Delhi, Mumbai and many other cities in India 5.515 Owned by Ananda Publishers
12 Eenadu
Telugu Various cities and states 5.380 Owned by Ramoji Group
13 Patrika Hindi Various states 4.628 Owned by Rajasthan Patrika Pvt. Ltd.
14 Gujarat Samachar
(ગુજરાત સમાચાર)
Gujarati Ahmedabad, Gujarat 4.339 Owned by Lok Prakashan Ltd.
15 Hindustan Times English Various cities and states 4.335 Owned by HT Media Ltd
16 Divya Bhaskar Gujarati Gujarat, Mumbai 3.770 Owned by Owned by D B Corp Ltd.
17 Sandesh Gujarati Gujarat 3.724 Owned by The Sandesh Ltd.
18 Daily Sakal
Marathi Various cities in Maharashtra 3.707 Owned by Sakal Media Group
19 Loktej hindi Gujarat 3.724 Owned by The Loktej

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