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The Times of India (TOI) is a popular English-language broadsheet daily newspaper in Indiamarker. It has the widest circulation among all English-language daily newspapers in the world, across all formats (broadsheet, 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 Indiamarker 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 Indiamarker'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 Bijnoremarker, UPmarker.

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 Times is self-declared as a liberal newspaper, and is sometimes described as irreverent.

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 Bangaloremarker 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:
TOI press at Sahibabad

Total Average Circulation for 2008: 3,433,000 copies

World Top Ten English Dailies (as per Net Sales)

1. The Times of India (India): 3,433,0002. The Sun (UK): 3,046,0003. USA Today (USA): 2,293,0004. Daily Mail (UK): 2,194,0005. The Wall Street Journal (USA): 2,012,0006. The Daily Mirror (UK): 1,400,0007. The Hindu (India): 1,331,0008. The Hindustan Times (India): 1,189,0009. The Deccan Chronicle (India): 1,003,00010: The New York Times (USA): 1,001,000

Source: World Press Trends 2009 (published by World Association of Newspapers)

People associated with the Times of India

  • Indu Jain, current Chairman
  • Samir Jain, Vice-Chairman & Publisher
  • Vineet Jain, Managing Director
  • Jug Suraiya (associate editor, columnist, "Jugular Vein," cartoonist, "Dubyaman II")
  • Swaminathan Aiyar (columnist, "Swaminomics")
  • R. K. Laxman ("You Said It" editorial cartoon, featuring the famous Common Man)
  • Bachi Karkaria, columnist, "Erratica"
  • Shobha De, columnist
  • Jaideep Bose, Executive Editor
  • M J Akbar, Columnist, "The Siege Within" and former Editorial Team
  • Gurcharan Das, Columnist
  • K. Subrahmanyam, Columnist and Strategic Affairs commentator
  • Gautam Adhikari, former Executive Editor, Editorial Consultant
  • Russi Karanjia, assistant editor during the 1930s
  • Trivadi, columnist and humorist well known for his editorials, humor pieces, and satirical poems.


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:
  • Times Wellness (Saturdays) – Times Wellness focuses on solutions to health issues and guidance to better living

  • Education Times (Mondays) – Education Times caters to the ever-expanding student community and learning experience, as a career guidance, counselor and adviser.

  • Times Ascent (Wednesdays) – Editorial of Times Ascent centers on human resource development, and the impact and implications on business and society.

  • ZIG WHEELS – is an automotive website reviewing, discussing, features and interviews on Indianmarker vehicles.

  • Times Life (Sundays) – Times Life is the supplement which is feature driven

  • What's Hot (Fridays) – Focus on latest happenings/events. Special pages created for channels and details of programmes

  • Rouge (Saturdays) – Concentrates on women's interest areas.


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