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The Dainik Bhaskar Group

Dainik Bhaskar Group is Urban India’s #1 newspaper group and has 6 newspapers with 66 editions. The group has a total readership of 1.26 crores in Urban India. The group has a strong presence in the radio business. 94.3 MY FM, the radio brand of the group is the largest radio network in India, with presence in 30 cities across 7 states. The digital arm of the group, DB Digital has nine portals and four apps in Hindi, Gujarati, English and Marathi.

  • 2018 Jan

    Dainik Bhaskar Group is now India's #1 newspaper group. (Source: IRS'17 AIR-Urban - Main + Variant, Excluding Financial Dailies)

    Dainik Bhaskar launches Gaya edition in Bihar

  • 2017 Jan

    Dainik Bhaskar is the world’s 4th largest circulated newspaper. (Source: WANIFRA 2016 Report)

  • Jan

    Dainik Bhaskar is world’s 4th largest circulated newspaper. (Source: WANIFRA 2014 report)

    Mar

    DB Post launched in Bhopal.

  • Jul

    Dainik Bhaskar launches Bhagalpur edition in Bihar

    Aug

    Dainik Bhaskar launches Muzaffarpur edition in Bihar

    Dec

    Dainik Bhaskar is India's largest circulated Newspaper. (Source: ABC JJ'15)

  • 2014 Jan

    The Group expands to its 14th state and launches the 37th edition of Dainik Bhaskar in Patna, Bihar.

  • Jul

    D.B. Corp. Ltd. launches 6th edition of Divya Marathi with its Akola edition.

    Aug

    D.B. Corp. Ltd. launches 7th edition of Divya Marathi with its Amravati edition.

  • 2012 Apr

    D.B. Corp. Ltd. launches 5th edition of Divya Marathi with its Solapur edition.

  • Jan

    The Group launches 4 new editions of Dainik Bhaskar in Sri Ganganagar, Bhilwara, Alwar and Sikar, in January 2011, establishing a significant stronghold on the state’s readership.

    Apr

    The Group introduces Madhya Pradesh to its English newspaper, DNA, with the launch of the same in Indore in April 2011.

    Jul

    D.B. Corp. Ltd. launches the 2nd edition of Divya Marathi with its Nashik edition.

    Sep

    D.B. Corp. Ltd. launches 3rd edition of Divya Marathi with its Jalgaon edition.

    Oct

    D B Corp Ltd. launches 4th edition of Divya Marathi with its Ahmednagar edition.

  • India’s largest newspaper group.

    Jan

    The D.B. Corp. Public Issue is declared one of the best listings of 2009 and 2010, after its highly successful rise in the stock markets on 6th January 2010.

    Aug

    The Group expands to Jharkhand on 22nd August 2010, with Dainik Bhaskar’s Ranchi edition, opening with 1,35,000 subscribed copies on the first day.

    Oct

    D.B. Corp. Ltd. launches Jammu edition of Dainik Bhaskar on 18th October 2010.

    Dec

    D.B. Corp. Ltd. launches Jamshedpur edition of Dainik Bhaskar on 12th December 2010.

  • Jul

    The Group creates a magnificent benchmark in the printing industry by installing German-imported, state-of-the-art KBA printing machines in Jaipur and Ahmedabad in July 2009.

    Aug

    In August 2009, the Chairman of the Group Mr. Ramesh Chandra Agarwal, is felicitated and awarded the ‘Rajiv Gandhi Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism’, a great honour and prestigious laurel for the Group.

    Oct

    The Group introduces ‘India Pride Awards’ on 9th October, a first-of-its-kind award event in the PSU segment.

    Dec

    D. B. Corp. Ltd. launches its maiden public issue from 10th December to 15th December, creating a record oversubscription (over 39 times) for an IPO in 23 months.

  • Jan

    The Group consolidates its radio business with the network spreading across 17 radio stations and 7 states, in January 2008.

    Jun

    The Group expands its business and reach even further in June 2008, with the launch of Dainik Bhaskar’s Pali, Nagaur, Bhilai, Ratlam and Shimla editions.

    In June 2008, the Group expands its business in Madhya Pradesh with the launch of DB Star’s Bhopal and Indore editions.

    Jul

    In July 2008, the Group launches a national campaign ‘Zid karo, duniya badlo’ championed by MS Dhoni to celebrate 50 years of Dainik Bhaskar, its flagship Hindi daily. The Group also initiates massive investment in upgrading printing infrastructure across all markets.

  • Jul

    Divya Bhaskar becomes the only Gujarati newspaper with 7 or more editions in the state, with its launch in Bhuj on 30th July 2007.

    Nov

    In November 2007, the Group launches the first edition of its English newspaper, ‘DNA’ in Ahmedabad as a franchise of D. B. Corp. Ltd.

    Dec

    MY FM extends its reach to 14 cities across India with the launch of its Jodhpur station. The Group strengthens its position in Punjab with the launch of Dainik Bhaskar’s Ludhiana edition on 15th December 2007.

  • May

    The Group launches its debut radio station, My FM, Jio Dil se 94.3, in Jaipur on 28th May 2006, marking its venture into the new medium.

    Oct

    The Group launches Dainik Bhaskar in Punjab with its Amritsar and Jalandhar editions on 8th October 2006, claiming the position of No.1 on Day 1 yet again.

    Nov

    The Group introduces Rajkot to Divya Bhaskar on 1st November 2006, acquiring another strong base of readers.

  • April

    In April 2005, a new company, “D. B. Corp. Ltd.” is born, post the demerger of WPL (Writers and Publishers Limited) and Warbug Pincus’s investment.

    In April 2005, D. B. Corp. Ltd. is given the license to launch its radio business in 17 stations, under its subsidiary, Synergy Media Entertainment Ltd. The radio channel, My FM offers potential advertisers an integrated advertising solution across 17 cities.

    Oct

    Breaking the language barrier, the Group launches AHA! Zindagi in Gujarati after huge success of its Hindi edition.

    Dec

    In December 2005, the Group forms its digital leg with a new web media company, DB Digital (then IMCL), as its subsidiary.

  • Mar

    The Group launches an independent edition of Divya Bhaskar in Surat, Gujarat’s 2nd largest city, on 28th March 2004.

    July

    The Group introduces Divya Bhaskar to Maharashtra in July 2004.

    Aug

    The Group launches ‘AHA! Zindagi’, its first Hindi magazine on lifestyle and positive thinking.

    Sep

    The Group launches the Baroda edition of Divya Bhaskar on 12th September 2004. In September 2004, the Group consolidates its Gujarati business with its first merger and acquisition - the 60-year old, highest circulated daily of Gujarat, ‘Saurashtra Samachar’.

  • 2003

    The Group launches ‘Divya Bhaskar’ - a Gujarati daily, in Ahmedabad, breaking the language barrier, debuting with 4.52 lakh copies and instantly replacing the 50-year established Gujarati paper. (View case-study by IIM Ahmedabad.)

  • 2001

    The Group consolidates its position as the No. 1 news daily in Haryana (IRS 2001), with its launch of Dainik Bhaskar’s Faridabad edition on 17th June 2001.

  • The decade of expansion in vernacular languages.

    May

    The Group launches its Chandigarh edition of Dainik Bhaskar on 7th May 2000, changing the English-dominated market and gaining a lead of 2.5 times over its English competitor.

    Jun

    The Group introduces Dainik Bhaskar in Haryana on 4th June 2000, with its Panipat and Hissar editions, leading to 13 separate district papers being certified.

  • 1999

    The Group launches Dainik Bhaskar’s Kota edition on 6th March 1999.

  • 1998

    The Group introduces Udaipur to its leading Hindi daily, Dainik Bhaskar, making this the 5th edition in the state.

  • Apr

    The Group extends its readership in Rajasthan with the launch of Dainik Bhaskar in Ajmer on 6th April.

    Aug

    The Group launches Jodhpur edition of Dainik Bhaskar on 3rd August.

    Oct

    The Group launches Bikaner edition of Dainik Bhaskar on 16th October.

  • 1996

    The Group launches in Rajasthan on 19th December 1996, with its Jaipur edition of Dainik Bhaskar, using an innovative twin-contact program for research, opening to a circulation of 1.72 lakh on day 1 and replacing the leading existing brand instantly. (View case-study)

  • 1995

    Dainik Bhaskar gains the position of No. 1 in Madhya Pradesh and is also declared India’s fastest growing daily.

  • 1993

    The Group launches the Bilaspur edition of Dainik Bhaskar on 20th September 1993.

  • 1988

    The Group launches its flagship Hindi daily, Dainik Bhaskar in Raipur, tapping into a new base of readership.

    The decade of expansion in new states.

  • 1983

    The Group launches its flagship Hindi daily, ‘Dainik Bhaskar’, in Indore on 5th March 1983, changing the newspaper landscape of the city.

  • 1981

    Dainik Bhaskar establishes itself as the largest newspaper in the city of Bhopal through its responsible reporting, engaging editorial content and superlative printing.

  • 1977

    The Group installs India’s first Web Offset machine in Bhopal, taking a remarkable step in the world of printing.

    The decade of expansion in MPCG.

  • 1958

    The Group launches its debut edition of Hindi daily, ‘Dainik Bhaskar’ on 13th August 1958, in Bhopal.

    The decade of printing technology leap.

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