DFP chart on newspaper circulation

Dhaka,  Thu,  24 August 2017
Published : 10 Aug 2017, 00:48:37

DFP chart on newspaper circulation

FE Report

On the list of English newspapers, The Daily Star is the highest circulated daily in Bangladesh followed by The Financial Express. The third position is jointly shared by the New Age and Daily Observer. Dhaka Tribune is the fifth largest English daily, according to a recent data of the Department of Films and Publications (DFP).

Bangladesh Pratidin tops the circulation list of Bangla dailies with Prothom Alo coming a close second. Kaler Kantho and Jugantor rank third jointly with the same number of copies in circulation. Ittefaq and Janakantha rank 4th followed by Amader Shomoy.

Finance Minister Muhith questioned on Tuesday the number of newspapers after emerging from a meeting with the newspaper owners' association. He said he has doubts that there are even 15 newspapers, at best 20.

The DFP has put the number of dailies published from Dhaka at 203, and once the number of daily publications from outside are added, the figure jumps to 479.

As many as 304 weekly, fortnightly, monthly and tri-monthly titles are brought out from Dhaka alone while media entities enlisted with the DFP total 634. The DFP in the chart claims 44 Bangla-language and 15 English dailies in Dhaka and 32 vernacular dailies published from cities and towns are paying their staff as per the eighth wage board recommendations.

Amid the frenzied discussions about Finance Minister AMA Muhith's remarks about the pay cheques of journalists on Tuesday, bdnews24.com says a look into the DFP list reveals that many unheard-of newspapers boast selling tens of thousands of copies, with fictitious circulation figures.

The news agency report, however, did not mention how many of the newspapers pay taxes and how many are loss-making entities.

Some analysts suggest an objective enquiry into such returns to reveal the state of financial conditions of the media industry as a whole.
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