Mumbai : The Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) has unveiled the list of highest circulated member publication for the period Jan – Jun 2018 in comparison with Jul – Dec 2017. The list certified upto 30th November 2018 gives a clear picture of the circulations of daily newspapers, week newspaper and Magazines across languages.
The ABC data reveals that D B Corp Ltd owned Hindi dailyDainik Bhaskar tops the circulation list with 42.5 lakhs copies of circulation for the period of Jan – Jun 2018 against circulation of 41.4 lakhs copies during Jul – Dec 2017. Through this Dainik Bhaskar has over taken its rival Jagran Prakashan Ltd owned Hindi daily Dainik Jagran with a comfortable margin without even including its circulation in Gaya and Patna edition which are “under considerations”.
Considering an average of 3 to 4 lac copies of Dainik Bhaskar being circulated in the excluded Gaya & Patna region, Bhaskar would be ahead of Jagran with approximate margin of 5 lacs copies which is 10% more than the No.2 in India as Dainik Jagarn has recorded a circulation of 41.4 lakhs of copies in Jan – Jun this year.
Amongst the English newspapers The Times of India ranked No.1 while it stood at No. 3 in overall ranking with 28.2 lakhs copies though it’s circulation has declined from 31.9 copies during Jul – Dec 2017.
Hindi Newspapers Hindustan and Amar Ujala stand at the 4th and 5th ranking in the list, with a wafer thin margin of 26.2 lakhs and 26.1 lakhs of circulation.
The Malayalam daily Malayala Manorama stands as the largest circulated vernacular Newspaper, while it stood at6th place in across languages with 23.6 lakhs copies of circulation.
With 18 lakhs of copies of circulation, the Telugu daily Eenadu stands at the 7th highest circulated daily. It happens to be the leader among the Telugu Newspapers. While its rival Sakshi became the 2nd highest circulated Telugu newspaper though it stands in the 13th place overall with 10.9 lakhs of copies circulation against its circulation of 11.1 lakh copies in the previous period.
The Tamil daily, Daily Thanthi emerges as the most circulated newspaper amongst Tamil dailies with 15.2 lakhs copies of circulation despite facing a drop of 46 thousand copies circulation against the previous period that places it in the 8th slot of the top 20 highest circulated dailies list.
Chennai based English daily The Hindu clocked circulation of 13.9 lakhs copies to become No. 2 player among English Newspapers despite circulation falling down from 15.4 lakhs copies in the previous period, which puts it on the 9th place in the overall chart.
Malayalam daily Mathrubumi and Sakal media owned Marathi newspaper Daily Sakal has recorded 13.6 lakhs copies and 12 lakhs copies of circulation respectively and stood at No. 10 and 11.
The other players in the industry namely the Hindi newspaper Punjab Kesari, occupies the 12th place with a decline of almost 15thousand copies of circulation against the previous period.
Ananda Bazar Patrika, being the only Bengali daily that features in the top 20 circulated publications chart has circulated 11 lakhs copies almost sustaining its previous period’s circulation. Patrika, HindustanTimes, Dinamalar and Prabhat Khabar are the others newspapers that has occupied the 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th places in the chart for the period of Jan – Jun 2018.
While Divya Bhaskar is the only Gujarati newspaper to feature in the top 20 list, has scored the 19th place despite showing a rise of 52 thousand copies in circulation.
Kannada daily Vijayavani settled at 20th place with 7.6 lakhs copies of circulation for the period of Jan to Jun 2018 against its circulation of 8 lakhs copies in the period of Jul – Dec 2017.