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TOI: Times Of India

TOI is an abbreviation of Times Of India. It is an Indian English-language daily newspaper whose ownership is under the Times Group. According to the Audit Bureau of Circulations (India), TOI is the third-largest and leading newspaper in India on the basis of distribution and largest selling English language newspaper daily in the world. Its head office is situated in Mumbai, India.

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  • In 1991, it was positioned among the world's six best newspapers by BBC.
  • TOI is published by Bennett, Coleman & Company Limited which is owned by the Sahu Jain family.
  • Mr. D k Kunte is the current Chairman of the Times of India.

TOI comes with a variety of city-specific enhanced additions such as Delhi Times, Bombay Times, Kanpur Times, Meerut Plus, Bhopal Plus, etc. The other regular enhanced additions of TOI comprise Times Wellness, Education Times and Times Ascent, etc.

The TOI has its markets in major cities such as Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Aurangabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Calicut, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Guwahati, Hubli, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolhapur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Madurai, Mangalore, Mysore, Nagpur, Nashik, Panaji, Patna, Puducherry, Pune, Raipur, Ranchi, Surat, Trichy, Trivandrum, Varanasi, Vijayawada, and Visakhapatnam.

TOI Brief History

  • In 1838, it was issued as The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce, during the British Raj.
  • On 3 November 1838, its first edition was published.
  • In the initial time, it published paper only on Wednesday and Saturday with news from Britain, the Indian Subcontinent and the world. Its first editor was J.E. Brennan.
  • In 1850, it began publishing daily editions.
  • In 1861, it was renamed The Times of India.
  • In 1892, T.J. Bennett (Editor of TOI) turned out to be the sole owner and administrator of the Newspaper and he invited F.W. Coleman to come into collaboration.
  • After 1947, when India achieved Independence, the rights of the TOI were passed on to the Dalmiyas and afterward it was passed on to the Sahu Shanti Prasad Jain of the Sahu Jain Group.
  • In 2006, it bought Vijayanand Printers Limited (VPL).
  • On 12 April 2008, it launched a Chennai edition.
  • In February 2013, it launched a Kolhapur edition.

Sister Publications of TOI

  • Economic Times - A Financial Daily
  • Navbharat Times - Hindi Daily News
  • Maharashtra Times - Marathi Daily News
  • Mumbai Mirror - Morning newspaper from Mumbai
  • Femina - Women's Magazine
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