TN has an exciting, new face, and we seek to be its vibrant voice!
Three decades ago, S. P. Adithanar – inspired by popular Western publications - found the need for a Tamil daily would reach the masses through engaging content and easy language. In November 1942, he launched Dina Thanthi, which is rapidly grew to become largest circulated newspaper in Tamil Nadu, and is also the 5th largest read newspaper in the country. November 2015 sees history recreate itself with the launch of a new English language daily from this leading media house. For over 74 years Daily Thanthi has informed, entertained and enlightened you with credible news in Tamil. And starting 1st of November 2015, you will get news in English as well.
Our news, lifestyle and entertainment product is customised for this segment. We offer the promise of more, built on the bedrock of trust and familiarity that Daily Thanthi brings to your front door, every morning. We will strengthen the bond with our regular reader, and look to forge new ties with new members of the household. This product aims to go beyond print and serve as a powerful and unique cross-platform trifecta that will seamlessly straddle traditional print content and be able to push the same across a digital medium that will organically create a community based on shared interests, trust, and celebration of our local culture.
More than seven decades ago, Si. Balasubramania Aditan, fondly known as Aditanar, a Tamil lawyer, politician, minister found himself inspired by popular Western publications and realised there was an urgent need for a Tamil newspaper that could reach the masses through engaging content and easy to understand language. On November 1, 1942, he launched Daily Thanthi, which rapidly rose to the top to become the largest circulated daily in Tamil Nadu, and the fifth largest read newspaper in the country.
The man behind this fruitful journey, Aditanar, was not just a media-savvy businessman, but a respected statesman as well. He was the founder of the We Tamils party, served as the member of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly for four terms and was the speaker of the Assembly during 1967–68. He was also Tamil Nadu’s minister for Cooperation in M Karunanidhi’s cabinets of 1969 and 1971. In his memory, two annual Tamil literary awards have been set up to honour his legendary love for the language.
When he established Daily Than¬thi in 1942, it went on to become the flagship of his newspaper business. He expanded operations by opening additional editions in Tirunelveli, Madras, Salem and Tiruchirapalli in the 1940s. Aditanar’s legacy was expanded upon by his son Dr Sivanthi Adit¬yan (24 September 1936 – 19 April 2013) who had the vision to launch the first Tamil eveninger, Maalai Murasu at Tirunelveli in 1959. Dr Adityan was a multi-faceted per¬sonality, who took on the roles of an educationist, industrialist and philanthropist with equal ease. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 2008 by the Government of India. He was an avid sportsman, and his passion saw him at the helm of the Indian Olympic Association from 1987 to 1996.
Under his leadership, Daily Than¬thi was published across 15 cities across the country and became the most read Tamil daily. In 2012, Dr Adityan went on to launch a Tamil news channel, Thanthi TV and a radio station Hello FM.