_THE TIMES OF INDIA_ (TOI) is an Indian English-language daily newspaper owned by The Times Group . It is the third-largest newspaper in India by circulation and largest selling English-language daily in the world according to Audit Bureau of Circulations (India) . It is the oldest English-language newspaper in India still in circulation, with its first edition published in 1838.It is the second oldest Indian newspaper still in circulation after the Bombay Samachar .Lord Curzon the then Viceroy of India called The Times of India "the leading paper in Asia". In 1991, the BBC ranked _The Times of India_ among the world's six best newspapers.
It is owned and published by Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. which is owned by the Sahu Jain family. In the Brand Trust Report 2012, _The Times of India_ was ranked 88th among India's most trusted brands and subsequently, according to the Brand Trust Report 2013, _The Times of India_ was ranked 100th among India's most trusted brands. In 2014 however, _The Times of India_ was ranked 174th among India's most trusted brands according to the Brand Trust Report 2014, a study conducted by Trust Research Advisory.
* 1 History
* 1.1 Beginnings * 1.2 Bennett "> Times of India Buildings, ca. 1898
_The Times of India_ issued its first edition 3 November 1838 as _The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce_. The paper published Wednesdays and Saturdays under the direction of Raobahadur Narayan Dinanath Velkar, a Maharashtrian Reformist, and contained news from Britain and the world, as well as the Indian Subcontinent . J.E. Brennan was its first editor. In 1850, it began to publish daily editions.
In 1860, editor Robert Knight (1825–1892) bought the Indian shareholders' interests, merged with rival _ Bombay Standard_, and started India's first news agency. It wired _Times_ dispatches to papers across the country and became the Indian agent for Reuters news service. In 1861, he changed the name from the Bombay _Times and Standard_ to _The Times of India._ Knight fought for a press free of prior restraint or intimidation, frequently resisting the attempts by governments, business interests, and cultural spokesmen and led the paper to national prominence. In the 19th century, this newspaper company employed more than 800 people and had a sizeable circulation in India and Europe.
BENNETT & COLEMAN OWNERSHIP
Subsequently, _The Times of India_ saw its ownership change several times until 1892 when, Thomas Bennett and Frank Morris Coleman, who later drowned in the 1915 sinking of the SS _Persia_ , acquired the newspaper through their new company, _Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd_.
Sir Hubert Stanley Reed edited _The Times of India_ from 1907 until 1924 and received correspondence from the major figures of India such as Mahatma Gandhi . In all he lived in India for fifty years. He was respected in the United Kingdom as an expert on Indian current affairs. He christened Jaipur as 'the Pink City of India'. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanley_Reed_(British_politician)#/editor/
Bennett Coleman & Co. Ltd was sold to sugar magnate Ramkrishna Dalmia of the then-famous industrial family, the Dalmiyas, for Rs 20 million in 1946, as India was becoming independent and the British owners were leaving. In 1955 the Vivian Bose Commission of Inquiry found that Ramkrishna Dalmia, in 1947, had engineered the acquisition of the media giant Bennett, Coleman by transferring money from a bank and an insurance company of which he was the Chairman. In the court case that followed, Ramkrishna Dalmia was sentenced to two years in Tihar Jail after having been convicted of embezzlement and fraud.
But for most of the jail term he managed to spend in hospital. Upon his release, his son-in-law, Sahu Shanti Prasad Jain , to whom he had entrusted the running of Bennett, Coleman ">_ TOI_'s first office is opposite the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai where it was founded.
_The Times of India_ is published by the media group Bennett, Coleman _ Bangalore Mirror _; _ Bangalore Times_, _ Delhi Times _; _The Economic Times _; _ Ei Samay _, (a Bengali daily); the _ Maharashtra Times _, (a Marathi-language daily broadsheet); _ Mumbai Mirror _; the _Navbharat Times _, (a Hindi-language daily broadsheet); and _ Pune Mirror_.
_The Times of India_ has its markets in major cities such as Mumbai, Ahmedabad , 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 .
TIMES GROUP NETWORK
* _Zigwheels_: A website focused on cars, including reviews, road tests, and other special features. * _Speaking Tree_: A spiritual network intended to allow spiritual seekers to link spiritual seekers with established practitioners. * _Healthmeup_: A health, diet, and fitness website. * _ Cricbuzz _: In November 2014, Times Internet Acquired Cricbuzz website, a website focused on cricket live updates, news etc.
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