Indian media has grown enormously, touching nearly a lakh of publications: to be precise 99,600 are registered with the Registrar of Newspapers of India (RNI). Of this 13,761 are dailies and bi-tri weeklies and remaining 85,899 are other periodicals.
Statewise analysis shows that UP tops with 15,209 followed by Maharashtra with 13,375 and Delhi with 11,767 publications as at the end of 2012-13. Hindi publications continue to lead with 22.64 crore copies per publishing day followed by English with 6.44 crore copies and Urdu with 3.45 crore copies. The largest circulated multi edition daily was The Times of India in English which included all 29 editions for a print run of 4.74 million daily followed by Dainik Bhaskar with 35 editions for a print run of 3.56 million.
All these mind boggling data is revealed in the hand book on Press in India brought out for the first time in CD format, on top of the print publication that has been on the roll for the last 58 years. The RNI has been researching and printing the voluminous document.
I & B Minister Prakash Javdekar told me that the Media must exercise their ‘Press Freedom’ judiciously. Freedom of the press does not come free; it comes with a great amount of responsibility,” he said. It’s clear the NDA government did not want any fresh controls on the media but certainly wanted state located cable networks to adopt a self-regulatory authority on the lines of prominent TV News Networks with eminent public men heading the board.