The Hindustan Times was the brainchild of the Akalis who felt that a newspaper in English would enable them to reach an audience other than the Punjabi-reading one. This was in the year 1922. From the outset the newspaper was set up to oppose the British. The Hindustan Times finally came into being on September 1924 and was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi. The newspaper was to become a premier nationalist newspaper of the capital in the turbulent years preceding independence. From a humble beginning in a three-storey building, the company has expanded its operations from print to other media channels like radio, internet, events and marketing, and strategic partnerships, as part of its endeavour to establish itself as a giant media conglomerate in the present times.
September 26, 1924
This date marked the august beginnings of Hindustan Times with Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation inaugurating the newspaper.
Hindustan Times, was reborn as Hindustan Times Ltd., a limited liability company.
The hindi daily Hindustan was launched, which remains the dominant newspaper in the core hindi belt of northern India.
Devdas Gandhi was appointed the Managing Editor of the newspaper and remained the managing editor till his death in 1957.
The Hindustan Times was one of the few newspapers that stopped publishing the newspaper for four and a half months as it refused to accept the British imposition of censorship on all newspapers.
The year India gained its freedom, was also the year Hindustan Times attained the status of being the dominant newspaper in Delhi.
The newspaper circulation grew from 58,693 copies to 144,287 in 1970 after KK Birla took over the mantle from GD Birla.
The hindi literary magazine Kadambini was launched.
The group started actively targeting the youth of India and launched the Nandan magazine.
At the start of liberalization of India, Hindustan Times moved to becoming an autonomous power center in a mature democracy.
The Hindustan Times celebrated its platinum anniversary.
With a focus on localization, five new editions for Calcutta, Bhopal, Ranchi, Chandigarh and Jaipur were launched.
The media business of was de-merged and incorporated under HT Media Ltd.
HT Media Ltd was listed as a public company and attracted external funding.
Hindustan Times successfully entered the Mumbai market with a refreshingly new product and content mix.
Fever 104 FM is launched, in technical collaboration with the Virgin Group. Hindustan was relaunched re-establishing the company’s prominent presence in the regional news space.
Mint, the business paper in partnership with the Wall Street Journal was launched in Delhi and Mumbai. In the internet space, Hindustantimes.com was relaunched and Livemint.com was introduced.
Firefly e-Ventures, an HT Media Company launched its first portal for job seekers, Shine.com; and a social networking website Desimartini.com. HT Media also entered the Mobile space with 54242 in partnership with velti.com
Hindustan Times re-launched nationwide with a new design benchmarked to the best international standards and a renewed commitment to sharper, better news stories; The Hindi Business is “demerged” to Hindustan Media Ventures Limited (HMVL).
HMVL comes out with an Initial Public Offering (IPO) of shares, aggregating Rs. 270 Crore, and is listed on BSE & NSE; HT Media launches its education portal – HTCampus.com
Hindustan strongly consolidates its leadership position in Delhi-NCR, Bihar, Jharkhand, UP, and Uttarakhand and is named by Forbes magazine as one of the Best Under a Billion Companies in the Asia-Pacific region.
The Hindustan Times Leadership Summit hits the 10 year mark; Hindustan Times launches “You Read, They Learn” initiative to help educate underprivileged children.