This is the sixth edition of the Hindi daily which first appeared in 1989 in Nagpur. The Pune edition has a cover price of Rs 3
BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | July 3, 2012
Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan yesterday launched the 6th edition of Hindi daily Lokmat Samachar in Pune. The newspaper offering consists of the all-colour main paper of 12 pages along with a 4-pager Apna Pune that will detail local civic issues and also leisure options. There is also âFor Youâ for the young, âSakhiâ for women and âLokarang Sundayâ supplement that accompany the paper on three different days in a week.âLokmat Samachar will enhance the quality of life in Pune and will make it more cosmopolitan,â Chavan said at the launch ceremony.
This is the sixth edition of the popular newspaper which first appeared in 1989 in Nagpur, and was thereafter launched in Aurangabad, Akola, Kolhapur and Jalgaon in that order. Lokmat Samachar has 13.56 lakh readers as per IRS 2012 Q1 AIR.The Pune edition has a cover price of Rs 3 plus an attractive subscription scheme that affords good savings.
Present on the occasion were Minister of State for Education Rajendra Darda along with media personalities Balbir Punj (senior columnist and Rajya Sabha MP from Rajasthan), Prabhu Chawla (Editor-in-Chief, The New Indian Express), Tarun Tejpal (Editor-in-Chief - Tehelka.com),Â and Vijay Darda, Rajya Sabha MP and Chairman of Lokmat Media.A panel discussion on âThe relationship between media and politiciansâ was organised to mark the launch. âA journalist is also a politician. Not only should the media help in shaping public opinion, it should also play a critical part in the development of the political process,â the CM observed. Senior journalists and editors Chawla, TejpalÂ and Punj highlighted the increasing complexities of the media world, and the need to maintain a balance in giving coverage and direction. âMedia is a fish that lives in the vast ocean of democracy,â said Punj. âHence strengthening the media will result in the strengthening of democracy.â Highlighting the sharp difference between the cover prices of newspapers in India and abroad, Tejpal pointed out that the readers India are not willing to pay enough money to run these institutions. âThis is the structural flaw due to which quality deteriorates,â he said. Chawla decried the increasing incidence of âpaid newsâ inserted by politicians, due to which media is facing a credibility crisis. âMedia has become a victim of this phenomenon,â he said. Speaking about the Pune edition of Lokmat Samachar, Rishi Darda, Joint Managing Director, Lokmat Media, said, âThe Hindi-speaking population of Pune, which has emerged as an education hub and IT city, was in need of a national daily. Since Hindi is our national language and therefore connects people throughout the country, Lokmat Samachar would definitely fill the gap.â Info@BestMediaInfo.com