The Times of India

The Times of India first issue's header
The Times of India, first header: "The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce"
(Saturday, November 3, 1838)

--- "The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce" (November 3, 1838)
--- "Bombay Times and Standard" (1860-1861)
--- "The Times of India" (since September 28, 1861)

Category: Newspapers

Founder: Raobahadur Narayan Dinanath Velkar

First issue: November 3, 1838 - Mumbai (then Bombay), Maharashtra, India

First editor: J.E. Brennan

First format: Broadsheet

First price: 1 year = 30 Rupees

Overview: Originally called "The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce", the paper was founded in 1838 in Mumbai (then Bombay), during the British Raj, to serve the British residents of western India, following Lord Metcalfe's Act of 1835 which removed restrictions on the liberty of the Indian press. Its first editor J.E. Brennan, a retired Irish doctor, was also secretary of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce. In the first issue, he wrote on the need of education for the people of India "whose capacity for improvement is inferior to that of no one elsewhere but were victims of ignorance and delusion". At first, the paper published twice weekly, Wednesdays and Saturdays, under the direction of Raobahadur Narayan Dinanath Velkar, a Maharashtrian Reformist, and contained news from Britain and the world. In 1840, the newspaper changes hands and George Buist becomes the editor. The paper became a daily in 1850.
Robert Knight
Robert Knight (1825 - 1892),
the editor who reinvented
the newspaper under the name
"The Times of India" (1861)
In 1859, new editor Robert Knight merged "The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce" with two more popular newspapers – "Bombay Standard" and "Chronicle of Western India", and founded "Bombay Times and Standard".
Two years later, on Sept. 28, 1861, Knight merged "Bombay Times and Standard" with "Bombay Telegraph & Courier", and renamed "The Bombay Times and Standard" to "The Times of India".
Knight fought for a press free of prior restraint or intimidation, frequently resisting the attempts by governments, business interests, and cultural spokesmen and led the paper to national prominence.
In 1880, The Times of India Weekly Edition was launched.
In 1890, the newspaper printed 3,000 copies daily.
The Times of India saw its ownership change several times until 1892, when Thomas Bennett and Frank Morris Coleman acquired the newspaper through their new company: Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd.

Property: The Times Group - Bennett Coleman & Co. Ltd

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The Times of India, first issue 1838
The Times of India, front page of the first issue (November 3, 1838). The front page is taken up solely by classified advertisements, a practice that continues up to 1939.

The Times of India, machine room in 1898
The Times of India, binding room in 1898
The Times of India, 60th Anniversary, November 1898
The Times of India, employees at Mumbai during the newspaper's Diamond Jubilee (60th Anniversary, November 1898)

The Times of India, January 31, 1948
The Times of India, when India lost the father of the nation (January 31, 1948)

The Times of India, a commemorative stamp marks its 175th anniversary in 2013
The Times of India, 175th anniversary, November 2013
The Times of India, commemorative stamp featuring "Common Man" - a character by cartoonist R.K. Laxman, issued by Indian Post to mark 175 years (November 13, 2013)

The Times of India, June 25, 2016
The Times of India in its advanced version (June 25, 2016 - Brexit)