Media and Communication in Pune

Marathi newspapers such as Sakal, Loksatta, Lokmat, Kesari and Pudhari are popular. English dailies such as The Times of India, the Indian Express, Maharashtra Herald, and fortnightly VivaWest have editions based out of Pune, with additional local supplements.

Sakal is a Marathi language newspaper based in Pune, Maharashtra. The name Sakal means "morning" in Marathi. Sakal was founded by Dr. Nanasaheb B. Parulekar. It began circulation on January 1, 1932. It has a total readership of about 4.56 million (2004) and is published from Pune, Mumbai, Kolhapur, Nashik, Aurangabad, Solapur, Nagpur, Satara and Jalgaon.

It has following supplements:
1. ‘Saptahik Sakal' - a family weekly 2. ‘Arthamanthan' - a finance and economic fortnightly 3. ‘Yuva Sakal' - a daily for youngsters 4. ‘Kridavishwa' - a weekly for sports

Apart from this, it also has other parts like ‘Madhura', ‘ Family Doctor' and ‘ Balmitra'.

The Loksatta is a Marathi newspaper in Maharashtra, India. Lok means people in Marathi/Hindi. It has branches in Mumbai (Bombay), Nagpur, , Ahmednagar and Delhi.

Lokmat is a popular Marathi language newspaper. It is the fourth largest Indian daily and in Marathi, it sells 1.2 million copies a day. Its readership (NRS 2006) is 10,856,000.

Kesari means "lion" in Sanskrit and may refer to :

  * Kesari (newspaper), a newspaper started by Bal Gangadhar Tilak
  * A. Balakrishna Pillai, a critic in Malayalam who wrote under the pseudonym Kesari. It was the also the name of a Malayalam newspaper that he started.
  * Vengayil Kunhiraman Nayanar, another Malayalam writer who used the name as a pseudonym.
  * Kesari Weekly, a Malayalam weekly.

The Times of India
The Times of India (TOI) is a leading English-language broadsheet daily newspaper in India. It is owned and managed by Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. (The Times Group). The newspaper has the widest circulation among all English-language broadsheets in India. In 2005, the newspaper reported that it was certified by the Audit Bureau of Circulations as the world's largest selling English broadsheet newspaper.

The Times of India was founded on November 3, 1838 as The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce, and served the British colonists of western India. It adopted its present name in 1861. Published every Saturday and Wednesday, The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce was launched as a bi-weekly edition. It contained news from Europe, the Americas, and the Subcontinent, and was conveyed between India and Europe via regular steamships. The daily editions of the paper were started from 1850 and by 1861, the Bombay Times was renamed The Times of India. In the 19th century this newspaper company employed more than 800 people and had a sizable circulation in India and Europe. Originally British-owned and controlled, its last British editor was Ivor S. Jehu, who resigned the editorship in 1950. It was after India's Independence that the ownership of the paper passed on to the then famous industrial family of Dalmiyas and later it was taken over by Sahu Shanti Prasad Jain of the Sahu Jain group from Bijnore, UP.

The Times of India is published by a the media group Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. This company, along with its other group companies, known as The Times Group, also publishes The Economic Times, Mumbai Mirror, the Navbharat Times (a Hindi-language daily broadsheet), the Maharashtra Times (a Marathi-language daily broadsheet).

The Indian Express
The Indian Express is an Indian newspaper owned by Ramnath Goenka. It was started in 1931 by Chennai based Veradharajulu Naidu. After his death the group was split in 1999 among his family members into two with the southern editions taking the name The New Indian Express, while the old Indian Express name was retained in the northern editions based in Mumbai with a prefix "The". It is published in all major Indian cities.

The Indian Express is owned by the Indian Express Group, which also owns other newspapers in India such as the Financial Express, a newspaper focused on the Indian economy, stock markets, and fiscal policies. The group has other publications such as Screen weekly, the Marathi-language daily Loksatta, and the Hindi daily Jansatta.

Star Maajha, Zee Marathi, Doordarshan Sahyadri and ETV Marathi are popular television channels. Many English, Hindi entertainment and news channels are watched as well. Pune has few FM Radio services as well running for last few years. Though Radio Mirchi (98.3 MHz) tops the popularity rating, AIR All India Radio
FM (101. MHz) and Vidyavaani (Pune Universities' own FM Channel) have their presence felt.

There are plans to make Pune India’s first wireless city. Intel Technology Pvt Ltd, Pune Municipal Corp (PMC) and Microsense joined hands to commercially roll out the first phase of a 802.16d Wi-Fi and WiMax network in the city. The first phase of the ‘Unwire Pune’ project deployment would provide wireless connectivity in a 25 km² expanse of the city. After the completion of the first phase, in around four months, Pune Municipal Corp is planning to make services commercially available to citizens at a cost of Rs 250 offering a speed of 256 kbit/s.

Zee Marathi
Zee Marathi (Marathi) is India-based satellite television channel, which carries broadcasts in Marathi. Zee Network, India's leading infotainment network launched 'Alpha Marathi' (later renamed as Zee Marathi) in the year 1999.

Zee Marathi, the premium Marathi channel in Maharashtra was launched in the year 1999. Since its' launch until 2004, the channel was popularly known as Alpha Marathi.Since its' inception, the channel has formed an integral part of a maharashtrian' s life, through its different genre of programs like daily soaps, game shows, talk shows, cookery, travel shows, news, films etc.

Some of the shows on the channel; widely appreciated by the viewers are Abhal Maya, Avantika, Shriyut Gangadhar Tipre, Vaadalwaat etc.These shows have contributed in developing a wide base of loyal audience for Zee Marathi.

Zee Marathi also has many significant initiatives to its ' credit - the Zee Gaurav Awards is the one of the most coveted award for the recognition of the best talent in the Marathi film & theatre industry.

Introduced in 2003, was the Zee Marathi Awards, a viewers' choice award for voting for the best talent on the channel.This award function encourages artists and production houses in conceiving and delivering the best form of entertainmentculture and heritage among our younger audiences.

In lieu of its' integral presence among its viewers the channel proclaims with pride - "Me Marathi, Zee Marathi!"

Zee Marathi used to carry news headlines at the top of every hour, apart from a couple of half-hourly bulletins in the morning and evening slots. Now Zee News Ltd. has launched a separate 24-hour Marathi news channel called Zee 24 Taas (meaning '24 hours'). It is the first Marathi channel giving round-the-clock news.