Deccan Herald (DH) is an English daily newspaper published from the Indian state of Karnataka by The Printers (Mysore) Private Limited. It has seven editions printed from Bengaluru, Hubballi, Davanagere, Hosapete, Mysuru, Mangaluru and Kalburgi. Its editorial position is considered politically neutral or independent.
|Owner(s)||The Printers, Mysore|
|Staff writers||160 news staff (2018)|
|Founded||1948; 70 years ago|
|Headquarters||75 MG Road Bangalore, Karnataka 560001.|
|Circulation||253,253 Daily (Audit Bureau of Circulations July-Dec 2017)|
|Readership||560,000 (IRS 2017)|
The Deccan Herald was started in 1948 by K.N. Guruswamy, with Pothan Joseph as its founding editor. It began publishing in tabloid format, but switched to broadsheet early on. It is the first English newspaper to be published from Bangalore and erstwhile Mysore State.
Although it had tough beginnings with the founding team struggling to bring the operations together smoothly, DH soon became the voice of Bangalore and the identity of the state’s citizens. The Indian Express and The Hindu were started in the 1960s, but DH managed to retain its position as the market leader in Karnataka for many decades, giving way to The Times of India only in 1999. It continues to be the second-largest English newspaper in Karnataka.
The ABC certified figures for the first half of 2009 put the daily paid circulation (number of bought copies as opposed to number of copies read) at 214,797. According to the Indian Readership Survey (IRS) 2013, DH was among the top ten most widely read English-language newspapers in India, with an average daily readership of 458,000 (338,000 in Bengaluru city). According to the IRS 2017 Deccan Herald’s Average Issue Readership is 304,000 (daily) and Total Readership is 560,000 (read in the last 30 days). DH has a small, but loyal digital audience of about 600,000 unique visitors every month. Over 30 percent of the site’s visitors are not resident in India, according to internal data. Over a third of the paper’s print subscribers form a part of the digital audience, also according to the company’s internal data.