There are a number of English newspapers in India, and each one has its own unique strengths. In this blog post, we take a look at the 10 best English newspapers in India. These newspapers are popular for their well-researched and unbiased news reporting and have a large readership base. So, if you’re looking for reliable news sources, these 10 English newspapers are definitely worth considering.

Best English Newspapers In India

1.  The Times of India

The Times of India, popularly called ‘TOI’, was founded in 1838. It is the largest circulated English daily in the country, with editions from 21 cities. With a readership base of over 60 million, The Times of India has earned itself a reputation for its unbiased news reporting and insightful editorials. However, it does have a pro-business slant.

Good Aspects About Newspaper-

-The TOI provides in-depth and detailed news in all fields: national, international, sports, lifestyle, and entertainment. It is very popular in the cities where it has multiple editions (Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore etc).

-The newspaper uses advanced printing processes and the latest technology to bring its readers their daily news fix.

-TOI also has a dedicated Metro Plus supplement, which is published in different editions of the newspapers. This supplement focuses on highlighting issues related to city life and follows a no-holds-barred approach towards reporting them.

Bad Aspects About Newspaper

− Since The Times of India’s parent company owns other popular English dailies such as The Economic Times, Mumbai Mirror, etc., it has been accused of promoting these sister publications through favorable coverage, particularly in its political section.

-The newspaper’s online version has plenty of advertisement, with some third-party sponsored links also.

2.  Hindustan Times

HT Media Limited is the publisher of Hindustan Times, which is one of India’s most respected newspapers, with editions in Delhi and Mumbai. It was established in 1924 by Shobhana Bhartiya (also the current owner) and KK Birla with inspiration from The New York Herald Tribune. Some notable journalists associated with this newspaper include Chaitanya Kalbag and Rama Lakshmi. Its readership base covers a wide spectrum of people: students, professionals and others. The Hindustan Times focuses on international news as well as national affairs; however, it tends to focus more on political issues.

Good Aspects About Newspaper-

-The Hindustan Times has the widest distribution network among English newspapers in the country, with over 65 cities covered across India and abroad (Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bhutan). It is also available on the Kindle at a reasonable price.

-It has won many prestigious awards for its news reporting.

Bad Aspects About Newspaper-

− Although HT Media Limited publishes other popular dailies like Mint, Aaj Tak, etc., there are certain reports of promotion of these sister publications through favorable coverage in Hindustan Times. Also because it is privately owned, the newspaper’s editorial bias towards private enterprise has been questioned by many people.

-The newspaper is believed to be laying more emphasis on its Hindi version Hindustan (which is the highest circulated daily in North India) at the cost of the English edition.

3.  The Indian Express

The Indian Express, which started off as a small Gujarati paper called ‘The Bombay Express’ in 1932, has grown over time into one of the most respected newspapers in India. The owner-editor of ‘The Indian Express’, Rajan Raheja, acquired Mid Day and some other English dailies from the Dainik Bhaskar group last year.

Good Aspects About Newspaper-

-It covers mostly political news with insightful commentary by senior journalists like Shekhar Gupta and Hartosh Singh Bal (who left earlier this year).

-A dedicated supplement for business and economy, called ET Now (in collaboration with The Economic Times) ensures that Indian Express readers do not miss out on daily updates regarding the stock market and other financial matters.

-The newspaper has a good online presence; however its mobile application is not up to the mark.

Bad Aspects About Newspaper:

-The newspaper’s writers and editors like M K Venu and Seema Chishti have left in recent years to found or join new ventures. This has impacted the quality of their content in some way.

-There is no separate TV supplement along with the print version unlike most other newspapers in India.

-Unlike many other English dailies, The Indian Express does not have a separate lifestyle and entertainment supplement.

4.  The Hindu

Founded in 1878 by eight people, including its first editor G Subramania Iyer, The Hindu is the second oldest English daily in India. Its readership base spans over many countries, with most of its revenue coming from outside India (the largest chunk is from Malaysia).

Good Aspects About Newspaper-

-It set standards for Indian journalism since colonial times; so there are countless books written about it by journalists like M J Akbar and TN Ninan.

-The newspaper has also won several National Awards for Editorial Excellence in categories like campaigning or coverage of politics and human rights issues.

Bad Aspects About Newspaper:

-There are frequent complaints about late delivery.

-There has been a drop in its circulation and revenue in recent years, due to competition from other newspapers and online news portals like Times of India and Firstpost.

5.  The Statesman (Kolkata)

Established in 1875 by barrister Mahesh Chandra Banerjee, The Statesman is the third oldest English newspaper published from Kolkata (it was preceded by ‘The Friend of India’ and ‘Englishman’). Its readership base is mostly limited to West Bengal; however, it also has an extensive network across India with around 700 distributors outside the state.

Good Aspects About Newspaper:

-It covers both national and international stories while focusing on West Bengal and Northeast India at the same time.

-It has displayed a rare example of continuity among management, staff and ownership for nearly 125 years now. Its current editor is a grandson of its founder’s daughter!

Bad Aspects About Newspaper:

-Despite being a national daily, The Statesman has failed to maintain a healthy website since 2010. Most articles have been taken off from the site after going ‘life’.

6.  Hindustan Times (Delhi)

Even though Hindustan Times was founded by GD Goenka in 1924 as an evening paper, it also published an English edition two years later under the name ‘The Morning News’ in order to reach out to more readers in New Delhi. It is owned by HT Media Ltd, which was initially funded by the legendary journalist’s GD Goenka and Ramnath Goenka.

Good Aspects About Newspaper-

-The newspaper has a good online presence with separate websites for each edition of Hindustan Times (Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh) along with its sister publications like Mint and Hindustan.

-It covers national news on politics, crime, or terrorism in depth while covering other topics through dedicated supplements.

Bad Aspects About Newspaper:

-The newspaper’s refusal to acknowledge as a source in one of its articles recently has drawn criticism from readers and other journalists alike.

-There have been allegations about senior editors ordering junior ones, especially those in charge of the entertainment section, to give certain stories a positive slant.

7.  The Economic Times (Mumbai)

Founded in 1961 by Anil Kumar Gain and GV Ramakrishna, The Economic Times is India’s leading financial daily today with editions from Mumbai, Bangalore, and New Delhi along with separate TV and online supplements for each city. It is owned by the media conglomerate Bennett Coleman & Co Ltd (BCCL), which also runs Indian Express among several other publications. Good Aspects About Newspaper-

-It has the most extensive network of bureaus in India among English dailies, with offices in all major cities and towns. It is also one of the few newspapers to have an online edition that covers both national and international news.

Bad Aspects About Newspaper:

-As a financial daily, The Economic Times focuses too much on business stories rather than hard news.

8.  The Hindu (Chennai)

Established by G Subramania Iyer (who was earlier working for ‘The Hindu’, another newspaper started by journalist PF Hinduja), The Hindu is the oldest English daily published from Chennai (formerly Madras). It is owned by Kasturi & Sons Ltd (KSL), which is now run by the family’s fourth generation members.

Good Aspects About Newspaper: –

It has managed to maintain its unique worldview in coverage while strengthening its presence on social media.

Bad Aspects About Newspaper: –

It has stopped publishing its print edition in Bangalore and Mumbai since the beginning of 2016.

-Its former editor N Ram was involved with Vir Sanghvi on the latter’s conflict of interest case against HT Media Ltd.

9.  Indian Express (Mumbai)

Indian Express is among the few English dailies in India with two separate editions published simultaneously from Mumbai and New Delhi, along with regional language supplements for Marathi, Gujarati, and Hindi readers across Maharashtra, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh respectively. The newspaper is owned by JS Novi Media Ltd., which was earlier co-owned by Ramnath Goenka along with several other editors.

Good Aspects About Newspaper: –

The newspaper has the second largest network of bureaus in India after The Hindu, with multiple offices across all state capitals and district headquarters. It regularly publishes special supplements on specific topics like politics or Kashmir during election campaigns.

Bad Aspects About Newspaper: –

Indian Express has repeatedly come under flak for publishing ‘paid news’. Most notorious among them was its coverage of the Karnataka elections last year that earned it the name ‘Bangalore’ Express.

10.  Deccan Chronicle (Hyderabad)

Deccan Chronicle is best known for its exclusive photographs along with slightly sensationalized reportage, but it won’t be unfair to call it a tabloid given its relatively small size. The newspaper is owned by Deccan Chronicle Holdings Ltd (DCHL), which also prints Telugu dailies like Andhra Jyothy and Vaartha along with English dailies like The National Herald and Sakshi, among others.

Good Aspects About Newspaper: –

It has one of the few dedicated entertainment sections in Indian newspapers where readers can find both high and low-brow news about film stars and celebrities on a daily basis.

Bad Aspects About Newspaper: –

It is considered more of a regional newspaper in nature, which might have worked when it was limited to Hyderabad, but not at the national level.

To be able to get the most out of your newspaper, it’s important that you know what type of content is in each section. Knowing how different sections work will help you decide which one might appeal to your interests and needs more than others. This way, when picking up a paper, you won’t worry about wasting time on something uninteresting or find yourself skipping pages because they don’t interest you at all. We hope this article has helped equip readers with an understanding of how newspapers are structured so that next time they pick one up – whether online or in print – they’ll use their new knowledge to make sure they’re reading only what matters!

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