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Hindi dailies lead circulation chart in July-December 2012 TNN | May 16, 2013


 Hindi newspapers sold the largest number of copies among daily newspapers in all languages in India, clocking a circulation of a little over 15 million during the July-December 2012 period. This was followed by English newspapers with a circulation of over 9 million during the period, according to Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC).

Among other languages, Marathi newspapers came third in the pecking order with a certified circulation of 5.4 million, while the fourth spot was taken by Malayalam newspapers with a circulation of around 4 million. Tamil and Telugu daily newspapers took the fifth and sixth spot with a circulation of roughly 3.9 million and 3.7 million, respectively, while Bengali newspapers came seventh with 2.7 million.

Kannada newspapers took the eighth spot with a circulation of around 2 million. Punjabi with a circulation of 8.4 lakh was ninth on the list, followed by Oriya with a circulation of 4.8 lakh on the 10th spot. Other prominent ones included Assamese (3.3 lakh), Gujarati (1.6 lakh) and Urdu (1.3 lakh).

ABC, which has changed its system of appointing auditors to audit circulation figures of member publications with effect from January to June 2013, said this was being done to bring about greater transparency.

The total number of average certified copies of daily newspapers, weekly newspapers and magazines put together across 17 languages, during July-December 2012, stood at a little over 59 million. Of these, daily newspapers formed a significant portion (approximately 81%) of the circulation, with average certified copies at 48 million.

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