The paper's front page after 11 July 2006 Mumbai train bombings
|Owner||Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd.|
|Publisher||The Times Group|
|Associate editor||Jug Suraiya|
|Political alignment||Classical liberal|
7 Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi, Delhi 110002
The Times of India (TOI) is a popular English-language broadsheet newspaper in India. It has the largest circulation among all English-language newspapers in the world, across all formats (broadsheet, tabloid, compact, Berliner and online). It is owned and managed by Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. which is owned by the Sahu Jain family.
In 2008, the newspaper reported that (with a circulation of over 3.14 million) it was certified by the Audit Bureau of Circulations as the world's largest selling English-language daily newspaper, placing as the 8th largest selling newspaper in any language in the world. According to the Indian Readership Survey (IRS) 2008, the Times of India is the most widely read English newspaper in India with a readership of 13.3 million. This ranks the Times of India as the top English newspaper in India by readership. According to ComScore, TOI Online is the world's most-visited newspaper website with 159 million page views in May 2009, ahead of the New York Times, The Sun, Washington Post, Daily Mail and USA Today websites.
The Times Of India was founded on November 3, 1838 as The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce, during the British Raj. It was adopted in 1861. Published every Saturday and Wednesday, The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce was launched as a bi-weekly edition. It contained news from Europe, the Americas, and the Subcontinent, and was conveyed between India and Europe via regular steamships. The daily editions of the paper were started from 1850 and by 1861, the Bombay Times was renamed The Times of India. In the 19th century this newspaper company employed more than 800 people and had a sizable circulation in India and Europe. Originally British-owned and controlled, its last British editor was Ivor S. Jehu, who resigned the editorship in 1950. It was after India's Independence that the ownership of the paper passed on to the then famous industrial family of Dalmiyas and later it was taken over by Sahu Shanti Prasad Jain of the Sahu Jain group from Bijnore, UP.
The Times of India is published by the media group Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. This company, along with its other group companies, known as The Times Group, also publishes The Economic Times, Mumbai Mirror, the Navbharat Times (a Hindi-language daily broadsheet), the Maharashtra Times (a Marathi-language daily broadsheet).
The present management of The Times Group has been instrumental in changing the outlook of Indian journalism. In India, as is elsewhere in the world, the Editor of a newspaper has traditionally been considered as the most notable position in a newspaper set up. The Times of India, however, changed this in the early 1990s, in keeping with the management policy of treating the newspaper as just another brand in the market. The main newspaper and its many sub-editions are now run by editors who are appointed within the ranks and the company gives equal chance to everyone to occupy the editor's seat. The Times Group also places equal focus and importance to every department and function - which has made it a professional entity and ensured its place as the most profitable newspaper in the country.
In January 2007, the Kannada edition was launched in Bengaluru and in April 2008 the Chennai edition was launched. Their main rivals in India are The Hindu and Hindustan Times, which hold second and third position by circulation.
The Times of India is printed from the following places in India:
Total Average Circulation for 2008: 3,433,000 copies
World Top Ten English Dailies (as per Net Sales)
1. The Times of India (India): 3,433,000 2. The Sun (UK): 3,046,000 3. USA Today (USA): 2,293,000 4. Daily Mail (UK): 2,194,000 5. The Wall Street Journal (USA): 2,012,000 6. The Daily Mirror (UK): 1,400,000 7. The Hindu (India): 1,331,000 8. The Hindustan Times (India): 1,189,000 9. The Deccan Chronicle (India): 1,003,000 10: The New York Times (USA): 1,001,000
Source: World Press Trends 2009 (published by World Association of Newspapers)
The Times of India comes with several city-specific supplements, such as Delhi Times, Calcutta Times, Bombay Times, Hyderabad Times, Kanpur Times, Lucknow Times, , Nagpur Times, Bangalore Times, Pune Times, Ahmedabad Times and Chennai Times, The Times of South Mumbai, The Times of Doon, Meerut Plus, Haridwar Plus , Bhopal Plus .
Other regular supplements include: