Lokmat Samachar’s Pune edition launched

03 Jul,2012

By A Correspondent


Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan launched the sixth edition of the popular Hindi daily, Lokmat Samachar in Pune. Also present on the occasion were Minister of State for Education Rajendra Darda along with media luminaries Balbir Punj (senior columnist and RS MP from Rajasthan), Prabhu Chawla (Editor-in-Chief – The New Indian Express), Tarun Tejpal (Editor-in-Chief, Tehelka.com) and Vijay Darda, Rajya Sabha MP and Chairman of Lokmat Media Pvt Ltd.


“Lokmat Samachar will enhance the quality of life in Pune and will make it more cosmopolitan,” said Chief Minister Chavan at the launch ceremony.


A panel discussion on “The Relationship between Media and Politicians” was organized to mark the launch. “A 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,” the CM observed.


Senior journalists and editors Mr Chawla, Mr Tejpal and Mr Punj highlighted the increasing complexities of the media world, and the need to maintain a balance in giving coverage and direction.


“Media is a fish that lives in the vast ocean of democracy,” said Mr Punj. “Hence strengthening the media will result in the strengthening of democracy.”


Highlighting the sharp difference between the cover prices of newspapers in India and abroad, Mr Tejpal pointed out that the readers India are not willing to pay enough money to run these institutions. “This is the structural flaw due to which quality deteriorates,” he said.


Mr Chawla decried the increasing incidences of ‘paid news’ inserted by politicians, due to which media is facing a credibility crisis. “Media has become a victim of this phenomenon,” he maintained.


Speaking about the Pune edition of Lokmat Samachar Rishi Darda, Joint Managing Director – Lokmat Media Pvt Ltd, said: “The 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.”


The newspaper offering consists of the main paper of 12 pages along with a 4 pager Apna Pune that will detail the local civic issues and also leisure options for the Puneites. For You for the young, Sakhi for Women and Lokarang Sunday supplement will accompany the paper on 3 different days in a week.


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


Its Pune edition has a cover price of Rs3 plus an attractive subscription scheme.


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