Kannada daily Kannada Prabha has turned 50 years. It is considered as one of the the oldest serving and most trusted Kannada dailies in Karnataka.
It was founded by freedom fighter, politician and media mogul, Ramnath Goenka in 1967. It has been practising straight, bold and relentless journalism since its first issue on November 4, 1967.
The daily was part of Indian Express’ fight against emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi in 1975. It played an active role in Indian Express' campaign against Gandhi and was instrumental in creating a public opinion in favour of the first non-Congress government at the Centre in 1977.
The newspaper's support in favour of fight against Hindi imposition, the Gokak agitation, the Cauvery dispute are a few examples for Kannada Prabha's pro-people reportage.
The daily is now part of Asianet News Network media group.
Kannada Prabha has also scripted many firsts in Kannada journalism. From publishing PUC results to bringing out special supplement on Deepavali to publishing weekly exclusive magazines for women, commerce, cinema, health to printing daily calendar page to publishing daily serial have all been firsts recorded by Kannada Prabha. It's firsts also include a separate column for legal matters, students, Kannada comics and colour printing. It brought out a 16-page dedicated edition when Kannada matinee idol Dr. Rajkumar passed away in 2006, another first. The 138-page special edition on the occasion of 50th year of formation of Karnataka State in 2007, was a first-of-its-kind. The daily is known for its multi-page detailed coverage of Union and State budgets.
Celebrating the 50th anniversary, the January 18 issue was a 134 page collectors’ edition. It has has also launched a mega project of selecting "Seven Wonders of Karnataka". Announced on November 1, 2017, the project aims at giving global recognition to innumerous destinations of Karnataka, apart from identifying seven best places. Ravi Hegde, Editor-in-Chief, Kannada Prabha, said, “The collectors’ issue released on January 18 included glimpses of the 50-year journey of Kannada Prabha, details of its past editors, important happenings during the period and also the nomination part of the project ‘Seven Wonders of Karnataka’.”
Amit Gupta, CEO, Asianet News Media and Entertainment, said, “It’s a proud moment for us to celebrate the 50th year of Kannada Prabha. With its strong digital news portal, Kannada Prabha is accessible to Kannadigas all over the world and with its sister News TV channel Suvarna News, advertisers have a unbeatable combination to reach the Kannada speaking markets. I would like to thank and extend my gratitude to the entire editorial team and Ravi Hegde ‘the steward’ who has led this from the front.”