Media in Karnataka

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Karnataka has been a leading state in electronic communications, in India, since the start of first private radio station in Mysore, in 1935.


The era of Kannada newspapers in Karnataka started in 1843 when Hermann Mögling, a missionary from Basel Mission, published the first Kannada newspaper, Mangalooru Samachara, from Mangalore.[1] The first Kannada magazine, Mysuru Vrittanta Bodhini, was started by Bhashyam Bhashyacharya in Mysore.[2] Shortly after Indian Independence in 1948, K.N. Guruswamy started the company The Printers, Mysore Pvt. Ltd. publishing two newspapers Deccan Herald (in English) and Prajavani (in Kannada).[3][4] Times of India is the largest selling English newspaper in Karnataka.[5] Tabloids including Lankesh Patrike and Hai Bangalore Adi Jambava Jagruti emphasize controversial topics.[6] Sudharma,[7] the only daily newspaper published in Sanskrit in India, is printed and distributed from Mysore.


DD1 was the first satellite channel to broadcast in Kannada.[8]


All India Radio started in Mysore, and has been functional in Bangalore since 1955.[9] Radio City FM was the first private radio station in Karnataka, beginning broadcasting in 2001.

See also[edit]


  1. Shrinivas Havanur. "Herr Kannada". Online Edition of The Deccan Herald 2004-01-18. 1999 The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd. Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 8 June 2007.
  2. "Kannada Literary Journalists". Kannada Writers. Kamat's Potpourri. Retrieved 16 December 2012.
  3. "Dream of a visionary". Online Edition of The Prajavani. 2005 The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd. Archived from the original on 27 May 2007. Retrieved 8 June 2007.
  4. "Times Group acquires Vijayanand Printers". Online Edition of The Times of India dated 2006-06-15. © 2007 Times Internet Limited. Retrieved 8 June 2007.
  5. Shuma Raha. "Battleground Bangalore". Online Edition of The Telegraph dated 2006-11-19. © 2006 The Telegraph. Retrieved 8 June 2007.
  6. T S Ranganna (31 October 2003). "The public should teach erring newspapers a lesson". The Hindu. Chennai, India. Archived from the original on 4 August 2004. Retrieved 8 June 2007.
  7. epapertoday. "Sudharma - The only Sanskrit newspaper". Archived from the original on 30 January 2019. Retrieved 3 August 2008.
  8. "Channel Information". Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 8 June 2007.
  9. Deepa Ganesh. "Still a hot favourite at 50". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 7 September 2006. Retrieved 12 April 2016.