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The Times Of IndiaTimes Group

Director : A. P. Parigi
Director : Sumir Chadha
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer : Dinesh Wadhawan
Chairman : Vineet Jain
Chief Editor : Rajesh Karla

Owned and managed by Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd., The Times Of India also known as TOI is one of India's leading English daily newspapers. TOI group has 45 dailies and periodicals in 3 languages and 108 editions from 9 centres across the country and a combined readership of over 40 million.

Started 170 years ago, the paper has earned credentials for its authentic and up to date news publications. India's largest media group, Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd, along with this newspaper also publishes " Economic Times", "Mumbai Mirror", the "Navbharat Times" and "Maharastra Times". In January 2007, the Kannada edition of the paper was launched in Karnataka's capital Bangalore. The Times of India has its daily editions from New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Pune, Nagpur, Chandigarh, Patna, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Mangalore.

Recently Times group has launched a controversial new business initiative, called "Private Treaties." It offers to take an equity stake in a company in exchange for advertising.

History of TOI
The Times of India came into being on November 3, 1838 and was known as "The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce". Initially the paper served only the British residents of western India. Published twice a week on every Saturday and Wednesday, The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce contained news from Europe, America and the sub- continent and was circulated between India and Europe via regular steamships. From the year 1850 the daily editions of the paper were started and the newspaper got its present name in 1861.

In the 19th century, the company employed over 800 people and had a good circulation in India and Europe. The Times of India was originally British-owned and controlled. Ivor S. Jehu was its last British editor, who left the editorship in 1950. After India's Independence in 1947, the ownership of the paper was passed on to the industrial family of Dalmiyas and later it was over by Sahu Shanti Prasad Jain of the Sahu Jain group from Bijnore of Uttar Pradesh.

TOI Circulation
The newspaper has the widest circulation among all English-language broadsheets with about 2.6 million daily paid copies. In the year 2005, the newspaper reported that (with a daily circulation of more than 2.4 million) it was certified by the Audit Bureau of Circulations as the world's largest selling English broadsheet newspaper.

TOI Sister Publications
TOI Supplements
The Times of India comes with several city-specific supplements, such as Delhi Times, Bombay Times, Lucknow Times, Bangalore Times etc. These city supplements carry entertainment news, gossips, page3 party news, photographs and other lifestyle related happenings in metros and big cities.

Other major supplements of TOI include:
Times Wellness : Carries health related news and also provides solution of your grievances by experts.

Education Times : Education Times is weekly supplement focussed towards students and acts as a counselor and advisor for student community.

Times Ascent : A weekly supplement Times Ascent seeks to introduce more understanding of Human Resources and corporate life related stories. Also carries the advertisements of various kinds of jobs in India and abroad.

Times Drive : Times drive is a supplement related to auto-mobiles and latest development in the industry.

Times Property : The weekly supplement has real estate and property news.

Times Life : Times life comes once in a week carrying news about life of personalities and famous people.

Times Classifieds : Carries advertisements regarding jobs, buy and sell of items etc.

Times Matrimonial : Feature marriage advertisement of boys and girls looking for match.

Rouge : A weekly supplement

Times en Vogue : A weekly supplement

Renowned People Associated with TOI
Popular Columnist
TOI in Electronic Media
A 24 hour English news channel, TIMES NOW has been started couple of years back by a joint venture between Reuters and the Times Group. The company also owns an lifestyle TV channel - Zoom and a radio channel - Radio Mirchi. One of India's leading radio channel - Radio Mirchi is available in Delhi, Mumbai and other important cities of India.

Times Group in Merchandise
Planet M: Times Retail with Planet M outlets offer merchandise from music to designer watches, books and cafes.

Times Group Events
The Times group organizes a number of fairs and exhibitions time-to-time all over the country. Times Utsav Consumer fairs, Times Ascent Job Fairs and Education Events are the fair and exhibitions organised by the Times group. The Times Group sponsors Miss World and Miss Universe events and played host to a galaxy of stars at the Filmfare Awards. The group also organizes The Economic Times Awards for Corporate Excellence or the Brand Equity Quiz.

Times Group in Social Services
The philanthropic arm of the Times group, the Times Foundation, offers Non Government Organisations , institutions & others organisations all over India, a good platform to converge and address the country's developmental needs.

TOI in Internet
Times Group offers Internet services worldwide that covers everything from art to airlines, knowledge events to telecom and integrated marketing,. The site is visited by millions of users from India and other countries of the world. Websites of Times group are :

http://www.timesofindia.com (The Times of India)
http://www.economictimes.com (Economic Times)
http://www.indiatimes.com (Indiatimes)
http://www.epaper.timesofindia.com (TOI e Paper)
http://www.syndication.indiatimes.com (Times Syndication Service)
http://www.educationtimes.com (Education Times – A comprehensive education portal)
http://www.timesascent.in (Times Ascent – A HR community portal)
http://www.timesjobs.com (Times Jobs.com – A job portal)
http://www.simplymarry.com (Simply Marry.com – A matrimonial portal)
http://www.magicbricks.com (Margi Bricks – A real estate portal)
http://www.radiomirchi.com (Radio Mirchi)
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